Wakefield Trinity 16-36 St Helens

Thursday 16th August 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 2

16-36 FT

HT: 0 16

Official: L Moore

Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium

  • Wakefield Trinity

  • Tries
    Kyle Wood, Pauli Pauli, Bill Tupou,

  • Goals
    Ryan Hampshire 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Tommy Makinson 2, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Luke Douglas, Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 6,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens drew a line under a difficult fortnight by getting back to winning ways against Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

Knocked out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and starting their Betfred Super League Super 8s campaign with a defeat, Saints faced questions as to whether their season was faltering.

But they moved a step closer to wrapping up the League Leaders’ Shield after a 36-16 victory over a resolute Wakefield.

Tommy Makinson bagged a brace of tries and Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Luke Douglas and Regan Grace each touched down once, while Danny Richardson booted six goals.

It was not plain sailing for St Helens, who moved 10 points clear of second-placed Wigan, against a side who handed them one of only two defeats during the regular Super League season.

Wakefield trailed 16-0 at half-time but tries from Kyle Wood, Pauli Pauli and Bill Tupou got them back to within six points before Saints pulled away.

St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook said: “It was just important we played well again. We didn’t just lose a semi-final, we were knocked out of a cup so we were pretty devastated. It was hard to physically get up for it (against Huddersfield Giants), never mind mentally, so I was OK with last Friday.

“It was just important this week that we had a normal week which was great and I came to the game thinking that we were back to our normal selves, and the boys showed that which was important.

“We knew how hard it was going to be and to come away with a good win is very pleasing.”

Wakefield boss Chris Chester said: “I’m very disappointed, very frustrated. I thought we started the game pretty good, high completions, kicked the ball well and then we had a 15-minute spell in that first half where we came up with six errors from nine sets.

“You can’t afford to do that against a top-quality side and Saints are a top-quality side.

“I was very disappointed to come in at 16-0 down. We showed plenty of character and energy to get back into the game. But credit to Saints, they were the better side and there’s a lot for us to work on next week.”

  • 79: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 75: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 74: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 71: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 70: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Douglas
  • 65: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Bill Tupou
  • 61: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 60: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • 58: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 57: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Pauli Pauli
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Wakefield by Ryan Hampshire
  • 44: TRY! scored for Wakefield by Kyle Wood
  • 34: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • 32: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 31: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 27: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 26: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • Key Performers

    Bill Tupou

    Metres 172
    4 4

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Wakefield Trinity 3
    St Helens 6

    Goals:

    Wakefield Trinity 2
    St Helens 6

    METRES:

    Wakefield Trinity 1330
    St Helens 1286

    CARRIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 188
    St Helens 169

    TACKLES:

    Wakefield Trinity 305
    St Helens 335

    OFFLOADS:

    Wakefield Trinity 12
    St Helens 6

    PENALTIES:

    Wakefield Trinity 7
    St Helens 8

    BREAKS:

    Wakefield Trinity 5
    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
    Pauli Pauli 1 0 16 1 7 9 0 8 60 7.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kyle Wood 1 1 18 4 2 0 1 9 51 5.67 0 8 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Bill Tupou 1 1 9 2 1 10 0 15 172 11.47 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Craig Huby 0 0 17 3 6 2 1 7 39 5.57 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Tinirau Arona 0 0 29 10 4 2 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Justin Horo 0 0 21 4 6 2 0 14 62 4.43 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Batchelor 0 0 42 9 6 2 0 7 46 6.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Ashurst 0 0 34 6 3 2 0 10 67 6.70 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Anthony England 0 0 20 2 2 1 0 8 51 6.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tyler Randell 0 0 25 2 2 1 0 4 29 7.25 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    David Fifita 0 0 19 1 2 7 0 13 105 8.08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Ryan Hampshire 0 0 22 6 5 2 6 8 66 8.25 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1
    Jacob Miller 0 1 11 0 8 4 3 20 84 4.20 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Johnstone 0 0 1 0 1 5 0 14 127 9.07 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Reece Lyne 0 0 15 0 4 8 0 16 123 7.69 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Jones-Bishop 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 14 96 6.86 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Max Jowitt 0 0 3 0 3 4 0 12 95 7.92 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Thomas Makinson 2 0 3 0 2 5 0 10 78 7.80 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 1 0 3 0 2 4 0 10 80 8.00 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 1 0 9 1 3 11 0 11 127 11.55 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Douglas 1 0 34 11 2 2 0 13 96 7.38 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 1 0 9 0 4 2 0 5 23 4.60 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 26 4 5 3 0 11 69 6.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Barba 0 1 5 0 2 0 1 6 29 4.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mark Percival 0 1 15 1 5 14 0 11 60 5.45 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Richardson 0 3 11 0 8 8 8 6 23 3.83 1 0 3 0 6 1 0 0
    James Roby 0 0 38 4 2 2 0 10 92 9.20 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kyle Amor 0 0 16 2 7 3 0 11 84 7.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 32 4 7 0 0 13 103 7.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 40 10 3 1 0 5 34 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 37 2 3 6 0 13 126 9.69 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
    Jon Wilkin 0 1 22 3 2 1 0 11 69 6.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Lees 0 0 25 7 3 0 0 13 101 7.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 10 1 2 2 0 10 92 9.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 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