1st July 2019, 12:51 | englandrl
St Helens’ England representatives were pivotal in their huge Betfred Super League victory over Warrington Wolves this weekend with Luke Thompson and Alex Walmsley scoring crucial late tries after Mark Percival had got the visitors on the board.
Walmsley – who powered over in the closing minutes to seal victory – was a dominant force in the middle again racking up 143 metres; more than any other forward on the field. Fellow prop-forward Thompson also made over 100 metres as well as crossing the line in the final ten minutes.
Walmsley’s metre-making display was bettered only by St Helens and England winger Tommy Makinson– who despite not being on the scoresheet this weekend – made 213 metres from 26 carries. Percival got Justin Holbrook’s side on the board after the hour-mark with his 7thtry of the season. Jonny Lomax made an all-important tackle forcing Jake Mamo to knock-on in the lead-up to Thompson’s try as well as making 134 metres and forcing five tackle busts.
Warrington’s England contingent were hard at work with Chris Hill, Mike Cooper and Ben Currie all making between 35 and 37 tackles however it was hooker Daryl Clark who topped the tackling ranks with a mammoth 53 defensive efforts. Hill was one of only two Warrington players to make over 100 metres with England’s Josh Charnley making more than any other Wire player with 121. Jack Hughes also started the game for Steve Price’s side.
Jacob Trueman was on the scoresheet as Castleford hammered London 42-10 on Sunday. Trueman finished the game with a try, a try-assist, five tackle busts and a clean break to his name in a fine attacking display. Liam Watts and Adam Milnerwere solid in defence making 24 and 26 tackles, respectively.
Catalans Dragons full-back Sam Tomkins put in a similar attacking display but to no avail as the French side were beaten 31-12 by Leeds Rhinos. Tomkins set up Arthur Romano’s try before crossing himself and kicking two conversions.
Wigan Warriors continued their impressive run of form as they climbed to 5th in the Super League table. England back-rower Joe Greenwood scored for the Warriors in the first half as well as making 40 tackles. George Williams notched a try-assist as well as making 150 metres from his 19 carries. Oliver Gildart and Sean O’Loughlin also featured in the 28-12 victory over Salford.
Jake Connor made it five try-assists in his last three games however he couldn’t prevent defeat in the local derby against Hull Kingston Rovers. Scott Taylor also featured for the Black and Whites averaging a gain of 8 metres from his 11 carries.
Wakefield earned a comfortable 36-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants with centre Reece Lyne helping Trinity return to winning ways.