St Helens 46-6 Castleford Tigers

Friday 2nd February 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 1

46-6 FT

HT: 22 0

Official: J Child

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Ben Barba 2, Zeb Taia 2, Jonny Lomax, Mark Percival 3,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 7,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Paul McShane,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens got their Betfred Super League campaign off to a blistering start with a 46-6 destruction of a Castleford Tigers team that looked a shadow of the one that dominated the 2017 season.

England centre Mark Percival scored a hat-trick of tries and Ben Barba justified his early-season favouritism for the Man of Steel award with a man-of-the-match performance.

The Australian full-back scored two tries and helped create four others as Saints gained some revenge for last October’s heart-breaking semi-final defeat.

Saints were also indebted to half-backs Jonny Lomax and youngster Danny Richardson, whose display vindicated coach Justin Holbrook’s decision to leave out former England international Matty Smith, as they ran the Tigers ragged to leave them still looking for a first away win over their opponents since 1992.

Zeb Taia also went over twice for Saints, with Paul McShane grabbing a consolation effort for Castleford.

Castleford coach Daryl Powell described it as a “rude awakening” after the game.

“We were pretty poor,” Powell said. “I thought St Helens were excellent and put us under a lot of pressure. I knew they would challenge us, I just didn’t expect such a poor attitude from us.

“We had prepared pretty well, it was a little bit of a rude awakening. I thought our pack was appalling, we have a fair bit of work to do over the next few weeks.

“It was not up to our standards, we’ve had a smack in the chops in round one and we’ve got to respond. We’ve a long week leading into the Widnes game and they have got to come back and show a bit of toughness.

“There is no way of dressing it up. Certainly in terms of attitude, commitment and effort, it was near the bottom in my time at the club. It was hugely disappointing, they turned us over big style.”

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook could not have asked for more from his team as they went some way to avenging their heart-breaking semi-final defeat by Castleford in their last match.

“The boys were fantastic tonight,” Holbrook said. “We’re off to a great start. Obviously Castleford will be disappointed but from, our end, I couldn’t have asked for any more.”

  • 80: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 80: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 77: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 77: TRY! scored for St Helens by Zeb Taia
  • 67: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 67: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 60: TRY! scored for Castleford by Paul McShane
  • 56: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 56: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 27: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 27: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 24: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 24: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 7: TRY! scored for St Helens by Zeb Taia
  • 4: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 4: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • Key Performers

    Paul McShane

    Tackles 53
    5 5

    Jonathan Lomax

    Forty Twenty 1
    3 3

    Mark Percival

    Tries 3
    3 3
    Clean Breaks 3

    Ben Barba

    Metres 157
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    St Helens 8
    Castleford Tigers 1

    Goals:

    St Helens 7
    Castleford Tigers 1

    METRES:

    St Helens 1485
    Castleford Tigers 1077

    CARRIES:

    St Helens 207
    Castleford Tigers 160

    TACKLES:

    St Helens 306
    Castleford Tigers 390

    OFFLOADS:

    St Helens 9
    Castleford Tigers 13

    PENALTIES:

    St Helens 5
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    St Helens 9
    Castleford Tigers 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mark Percival 3 1 8 1 1 7 0 13 97 7.46 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Zeb Taia 2 1 32 6 1 4 0 24 136 5.67 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben Barba 2 3 3 0 0 7 3 13 157 12.08 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 14 1 0 1 3 12 57 4.75 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 33 9 0 0 0 11 57 5.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 25 4 0 1 0 18 122 6.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 1 9 1 1 2 0 13 93 7.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 1 9 1 2 0 1 4 22 5.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 25 6 2 2 1 10 80 8.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 37 11 7 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    James Roby 0 1 40 5 0 2 0 10 135 13.50 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 19 2 0 1 0 11 79 7.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Thompson 0 0 24 3 2 2 0 19 128 6.74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Richardson 0 0 17 3 3 1 3 7 28 4.00 0 0 2 0 7 1 1 0
    Regan Grace 0 0 3 0 1 6 0 14 117 8.36 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 13 78 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 7 38 5.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Paul McShane 1 0 53 17 3 1 0 7 48 6.86 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 30 7 0 2 0 15 101 6.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matthew Cook 0 0 25 4 1 0 0 11 67 6.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 34 5 6 0 0 7 40 5.71 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 44 7 5 1 0 13 80 6.15 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 23 3 1 0 0 9 60 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 15 1 0 0 0 3 14 4.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 0 0 33 6 0 2 0 11 84 7.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    James Green 0 1 22 1 2 0 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Junior Moors 0 0 27 1 0 0 0 10 59 5.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Gale 0 0 15 2 4 0 8 6 25 4.17 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 1
    Jake Trueman 0 0 18 3 2 1 3 3 14 4.67 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Shenton 0 0 9 2 1 1 0 8 72 9.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Eden 0 0 3 0 1 8 0 16 143 8.94 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 3 0 6 3 0 14 84 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 32 3 3 1 0 6 39 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 0 0 4 0 2 2 0 14 107 7.64 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

    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