Saints Return To Winning Ways


It’s official

The wheels have not fallen off the bus of St Helens season. In actual fact the wheel nuts have been firmly re- tightened and the tyres have been retreaded. This was a stylish and polished performance from the Saints, with particularly dashing performances from Tommy Makinson and young Jack Ashworth

The opening try for Makinson was as close to the touch line as you can get, following a superb pass from Ben Barba. Makinson plays the white wash so well and his one handed touch down was breath taking.

Johnny Lomax was to follow after a fantastic offload from Jack Ashworth and then Makinson was onto his double after taking a Danny Richardson high ball.

With the conversions from ace marksman Danny Richardson Wakefield were 16-0 down.

The home teams response into the second half was swift when hooker Kyle Wood took an inside pass from Bill Tupou who looked a danger every time he touched the ball.

Craig Huby took a ten minute break after a yellow when he almost took Kyle Amor’s head off but the other big man Pauli Pauli demonstrated what a dangerous and strong player he is near the line when he again fought off a number of defenders to ground the ball.

At 16-12 Wakefield were in the ascendancy at least for a short time, but their comeback was stopped in its tracks when centre Mark Percival provided a nice, crisp pass to Frenchman Theo Fages to Grab the four.

Trinity were not out of the game yet and a superb Tupou score came after Huby managed to off load and the ball was moved wide at pace.

With the scores at 22-16 to the visitors, Wakefield were making a battle of it and with big forwards David Fifita, Pauli Pauli and Matty Ashurst making excellent ground the game was very much in the balance.

However St Helens proved that any lingering doubts about their potential this year were addressed when a clever Danny Richardson grabber was seized upon by Luke Douglas.

That was the game in the bag for Saints but still a moment of magic from Regan Grace in the final few minutes added some real class to this victory. Grace can be dazzling at times and this try was a wonderful opportunist score as he sliced through a tiring defence and rounded Max Jowitt for a brilliant individual effort

With Richardson’s accurate kicking the final score of 36-16 May have flattered a little , but this was a fabulous response from the Saints.

Wakefield are a very good team however, well coached and outstanding on the flanks and in the middle.

This was a very good win for St Helens and they are firmly back on track.

Wakefield: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; Fifita, Randell, England, Ashurst, Batchelor, Horo.

Replacements: Wood, Pauli, Arona, Huby.

St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Costello, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Richardson; Amor, Roby, Douglas, Knowles, Taia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Replacements: Fages, Wilkin, Lees, Ashworth.

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