Monday 17th April 2017
15:00 - Round: 10

26-22 FT

( 20-8 HT )

Attendance : 12,499

Official: C Campbell

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

Monday 17th April 2017
15:00 - Round: 10

26 : 22 FT

( 20 - 8 HT )

Attendance : 12,499

Official: C Campbell

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

Scorers

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Matty Fleming, Luke Douglas, Mark Percival, Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Greg Eden 2, Ben Roberts 2,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens held off a late fightback from Castleford Tigers to secure a valuable 26-22 win to end the Betfred Super League leaders' four-match winning run.

Castleford got off to a flying start when Super League top tryscorer Greg Eden pounced on a mistake from Tommy Makinson to score in the corner with Luke Gale kicking two goals to put the Tigers 8-0 up.

But the hosts soon clicked into gear by scoring 20 unanswered points to go ahead at the break with Matt Fleming, Luke Douglas, Mark Percival all crossing over the whitewash, with centre Percival kicking four goals.

Ben Roberts reduced the deficit five minutes after the restart after spotting a gap in the Saints defence before Eden grabbed his second score of the match to trail the hosts by two points.

Young winger Regan Grace scored his second try in two matches to extend Saints' lead to 26-18 before Roberts dotted down a consolation for the visitors with seconds remaining as the Saints won for the first time in four matches.

St Helens coach Sean Long praised his side's energy and enthusiasm in the hard-fought victory.

"I'm really pleased with the effort and energy," he said."The boys turned up and it was a short turnaround following the Good Friday game against Wigan.

"We found a way to win and Cas are a class team and to beat them is pleasing. I thought we could have closed this game out a bit easier but I can't fault the boys' effort, it was unreal."

Daryl Powell said his Castleford players were second best in many of the departments.

He said: “In the first half we just got beaten for attitude and energy. We started okay but their speed at the play the ball was far superior to ours.

"We defended well on our line but we made too many errors in possession. Weight of possession at Easter is always going to be crucial - and we were on the wrong end of it.

“We were just not right in between our ears today. I said to the boys at half-time that we needed to keep them out if we were to go on and win - but we didn’t manage to do it.”

  • 80: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 68: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 68: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 58: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 45: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 38: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 34: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 34: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 26: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Douglas
  • 26: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 24: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 24: TRY! scored for St Helens by Matty Fleming
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 7: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 7: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 43

    Junior Moors

    Tackles 31

    Adam Milner

    Tackles 37

    Head to Head

    Tries: 4-4

    Goals: 5-3

    METRES 1212 - 1102

    CARRIES 173 - 150

    TACKLES 261 - 355

    OFFLOADS 9 - 8

    PENALTIES 3 - 8

    BREAKS 4 - 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Douglas 1 0 21 3 1 1 0 15 108 7.20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 1 0 3 0 1 5 0 10 71 7.10 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Mark Percival 1 1 11 0 0 6 1 17 106 6.24 1 2 0 0 5 0 2 0
    Matthew Fleming 1 0 12 2 2 2 0 10 55 5.50 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 21 7 1 0 0 7 53 7.57 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 12 1 1 1 0 6 43 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam Walker 0 0 12 2 2 2 0 11 67 6.09 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 35 10 0 0 0 9 74 8.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 2 24 2 2 1 0 12 88 7.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 30 5 0 3 0 18 107 5.94 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 12 2 2 6 0 15 125 8.33 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tommy Lee 0 0 27 6 3 0 0 1 10 10.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 18 4 0 1 0 14 87 6.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matthew Smith 0 0 10 1 1 0 4 4 23 5.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 1 16 1 1 0 1 8 50 6.25 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Swift 0 0 5 0 0 1 0 11 86 7.82 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 4 0 0 2 1 15 114 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Eden 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 12 110 9.17 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 2 0 19 3 1 3 1 15 90 6.00 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 20 2 1 1 1 11 55 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 11 94 8.55 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Zak Hardaker 0 0 15 1 2 5 0 14 119 8.50 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Shenton 0 1 18 6 1 1 1 8 74 9.25 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 0 14 2 1 1 4 3 17 5.67 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul McShane 0 0 43 13 3 0 2 4 35 8.75 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 31 5 4 2 0 13 111 8.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 27 5 5 1 0 10 49 4.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 39 6 0 0 0 11 86 7.82 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 2
    Nathan Massey 0 0 14 5 1 0 0 4 18 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 22 4 1 0 0 3 24 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 37 3 4 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 1 13 3 0 0 0 7 60 8.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 27 8 5 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties