Saints beats Trinity after tough game

In a battle between the first and last placed sides in the league, St Helens faced off against Wakefield Trinity at Headingley, as round 15 continued.

After a poor start from the Saints, it was Wakefield who crossed first.

An offload from Joe Westerman found Reece Lyne on the right edge.

The centre found himself running out of room and kicked back inside, with the ball finding Alex Walker who slid over for the first try.

Saints still hadn’t completed a set in the opening ten minutes.

In the 19th minute, Trinity crossed again after a short pass from Ryan Hampshire to Craig Kopczak from the ruck and the prop-forward crashed over.

It took Saints until the 32nd minute to get themselves into the game, as Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook took the ball flat and powered over Adam Tangata and Connor Bailey before slamming the ball down to score under the posts.

Lachlan Coote converted to make it 12-6.

Just a few minutes later, Josh Simm looked to be being dragged over the touchline, but he managed to throw the ball back inside, which was collected by Coote on the bounce, with the full-back then touching down to score.

HALF-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 12-10 St Helens

Both sides looked to start the second half the faster than the other, but Wakefield were still able to keep the Saints trapped inside their own half.

With just under an hour gone, Wakefield still lead 12-10, with both sides going end to end.

It stayed 12-10 until the 63rd minute when a looping pass from Jonny Lomax found Regan Grace who did enough to beat Innes Senior to score.

Six minutes later, a half-break from James Roby put the Saints on the front foot, and the hooker offloaded to Lomax who looked to race away.

With just Walker to beat, he half-back passed inside to Coote for the score.

The full-back converted to give the visitors an eight-point lead with ten minutes to go.

In the final minute, Wakefield looked to have pulled back a late score as Matty Ashurst powered over the line.

It took the video referee to confirm the decision, and after Hampshire’s missed conversion, the home side would have 22 seconds to score a converted try to win.

Saints managed to keep them out though and claim the two points.

FULL-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 16-20 St Helens


Squads


Wakefield Trinity

Walker, Senior, Lyne, Croft, Johnstone, Jowitt, Hampshire, Kopczak, Wood, Tanginoa, Ashurst, Batchelor, Westerman

Interchanges: Bailey, Battye, Tangata, Fifita

Tries: Walker, Kopczak, Ashurst

Goals: Hampshire (2/3)


St Helens

Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Simm, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Bentley, Knowles, McCarthy-Scarsbrook

Interchanges: Taia, Peyroux, Amor, Welsby

Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Coote (2), Grace

Goals: Coote (2/4)


Referee: L. Moore

Touch Judges: J. Child, J. Roberts

Video Referee: R. Hicks


Image Source: @Saints1890 (twitter)

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