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Wakefield Trinity 24-20 St Helens

Sunday 15th April 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 11

24-20 FT

HT: 22 14

Official: G Hewer

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Justin Horo,

  • Goals
    Liam Finn (4),

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival (2), Luke Douglas,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson (2),

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Betfred Super League leaders St Helens suffered only a second defeat of the season as Wakefield Trinity halted their own five-match losing run in a nail-biting contest at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

England centre Mark Percival scored two tries, taking his tally for the season to 12, as Saints fought back from 22-6 down to close to within two points but they could not maintain their composure in a dramatic finish as Wakefield clung on for a 24-20 victory, their first at home to St Helens for six years.

Both sides finished the game with 12 men after Percival and Wakefield hooker Tyler Randell were sin-binned but, after losing their last three matches by a combined total of eight points, Trinity coach Chris Chester will be thrilled by the way they held their nerve this time.

Percival put Saints ahead inside the second minute but Wakefield hit back with four tries in 17 minutes as Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Justin Horo and Bill Tupou all crossed to put the hosts 22-6 up.

Tommy Makinson and Percival dotted down before half-time, with Luke Douglas crossing the whitewash to make the score 22-20, but Liam Finn's fourth goal with seven minutes remaining proved enough for Trinity.

Wakefield coach Chester said: “I aged about 10 years in the last five minutes but I couldn’t be more proud of my players.

“We’ve been there or thereabouts for the last five games and it’s nice to win a tight one today. I feel we deserve it and it will do the players a world of good.

“I’m really pleased, it means I can sleep a bit better tonight."

Saints coach Justin Holbrook said: “I was disappointed with our effort today. It was a close game but we couldn’t come away with the win.

“Full credit to Wakefield, I thought they just worked harder than us.

“Obviously we kept going to the end but when you look back (at) that 18-minute period, it cost us. It was unlike us to let some soft tries in.”

  • 72: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 46: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 46: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Douglas
  • 39: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 25: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 22: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Bill Tupou
  • 17: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Justin Horo
  • 17: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 13: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Reece Lyne
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Liam Finn
  • 6: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Ben Jones-Bishop
  • 3: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 2: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • Key Performers

    Danny Richardson

    Forty Twenty 1
    3 3

    Mark Percival

    Clean Breaks 4
    3 3

    Bill Tupou

    Metres 218
    4 4
    Clean Breaks 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 4
    St Helens 4

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 4
    St Helens 2

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1333
    St Helens 1536

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 180
    St Helens 208

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 370
    St Helens 346

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 6
    St Helens 12

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 7
    St Helens 10

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 6
    St Helens 10

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Justin Horo 1 0 18 1 5 3 0 13 138 10.62 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Bill Tupou 1 0 5 0 2 9 0 16 218 13.63 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Reece Lyne 1 0 24 2 3 4 1 14 109 7.79 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Jones-Bishop 1 0 7 0 1 1 1 13 75 5.77 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Baldwinson 0 0 14 1 2 0 0 4 31 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 37 5 1 0 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kyle Wood 0 0 16 1 0 1 0 2 8 4.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony England 0 0 34 3 2 1 0 17 111 6.53 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Kirmond 0 0 42 9 2 1 1 8 37 4.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 48 7 0 0 0 7 46 6.57 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Keegan Hirst 0 0 30 2 3 1 0 14 104 7.43 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyler Randell 0 1 22 5 1 0 0 5 44 8.80 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Huby 0 0 20 1 2 2 0 11 70 6.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Finn 0 0 21 6 8 0 2 6 22 3.67 0 1 0 0 4 1 0 0
    Jacob Miller 0 1 13 0 5 3 0 11 62 5.64 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Joe Arundel 0 0 13 1 1 0 1 15 115 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Grix 0 1 6 0 4 1 0 11 56 5.09 0 1 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
    Mark Percival 2 0 20 2 4 9 1 14 118 8.43 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Thomas Makinson 1 0 5 0 1 6 0 18 148 8.22 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 0
    Luke Douglas 1 0 22 4 0 2 0 14 92 6.57 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 8 0 2 1 2 6 66 11.00 1 0 3 1 2 2 1 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 10 0 3 1 4 16 96 6.00 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 14 95 6.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Morgan 0 1 19 2 1 2 0 13 83 6.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Barba 0 2 5 0 1 10 1 10 71 7.10 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 18 2 2 0 0 12 103 8.58 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Smith 0 0 31 8 1 0 0 2 21 10.50 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Luke Thompson 0 0 32 5 1 1 0 17 136 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 27 4 2 4 1 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 25 2 3 1 0 16 119 7.44 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 39 5 2 2 1 15 121 8.07 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Theo Fages 0 1 25 5 0 0 1 3 16 5.33 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 19 1 1 1 0 14 102 7.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 38 9 2 1 0 15 80 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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