Saints Set The Tone Against Tigers

St Helens warmed up for their semi final game against Warrington next week with this relatively easy, one sided 26-0 victory against a lack lustre Castleford .

Both teams perhaps were preserving the real hard yards for next week and coach Justin Holbrook described it as “ an awkward game for both sides “.

Matty Lees had other ideas on the eighth minute however when he ran through three or four players to score a superb forwards try . This is a young player with an eye on not just the grand final but an international jersey against the Kiwis at the end of the season.

Another young player this time Welshman Morgan Knowles finished off a nice passing phase with his own spectacular and evasive run to the line . Two real high quality young forwards and a pleasure to watch.

The magical Ben Barba grabbed a brace of tries the first following a superb run down the touchline by that dynamic welsh wizard Regan Grace who passed inside for his full back to grab the score and the second a superb individual effort where he seemed to stop and then effortlessly calve open the Castleford defence.

Stand Off Theo Fages was again superb at the heart of everything saints did but coach Darryl Powell will reflect on some defensive lapses in this Castleford display.

Five goals from the very reliable Danny Richardson gave Saints a comfortable 26-0 win and both teams took the pedal off the gas in the final quarter.

Barba left the field with 15 minutes still to play to rapturous applause from the saints fans and one can only speculate whether their outstanding Australian signing Lachlan Coote and Kevin Naiqama can have a similar impact .

But that’s for another day and Saints will be please to have come through this game unscathed .

Castleford coach Darryl Powell is confident his team can make a quick recovery for their semi final clash with Wigan next Friday and who will doubt this outstanding Master tactician.

St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Morgan, Costello, Grace; Fages, Richardson; Amor, Roby, Lees, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles.

Replacements: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Ashworth, Bentley.

Castleford: Mata'utia; Minikin, Webster, Roberts, Clare; Trueman, Gale, Watts, McShane, Millington, Wardle, Sene-Lefao, Massey.

Replacements: Milner, Clark, Maher, Laulu-Togagae.

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