St Helens made it back-to-back victories in the Betfred Super League with a host of England stars impressing in their 36-10 win over Leeds Rhinos.
Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson was on the scoresheet once again in acrobatic fashion as Justin Holbrook’s side cruised to victory. Makinson now sits 3rd in the Super League try-scoring ranks alongside fellow England winger Josh Charnley. Makinson also topped the table in terms of metre-making with 206 meaning he remains top of the overall metre-making charts in Super League.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">😳 <a href="https://twitter.com/TommyMak21?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TommyMak21</a> just gets better and better! ✈️ <br><br>🏴 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EnglandRL?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EnglandRL</a> <a href="https://t.co/ndcjdZ70lO">pic.twitter.com/ndcjdZ70lO</a></p>— England Rugby League (@England_RL) <a href="https://twitter.com/England_RL/status/1142372478221791233?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Jonny Lomax was at his creative best setting up three of St Helens’ six tries. Alex Walmsley made a mammoth 173 metres from his carries; trailing only Makinson. Luke Thompson and Mark Percival also featured as Saints maintained their six-point lead at the top of Super League. Kallum Watkins made more tackles than any other Rhino with 41.
Josh Charnley sits level with Makinson on 15 Super League tries this season as he crossed in Warrington’s comfortable 30-6 win over Wakefield Trinity on Friday evening. England back-rower Ben Currie scored Wire’s first try after 18 minutes.
Daryl Clark and Chris Hill took the headlines in terms of metre-making for the Wolves. Clark was a constant threat from acting half-back running for 189 metres whilst also making 36 tackles. Prop-forward Hill ran for 136 metres from his 16 carries. Jack Hughes also featured for Warrington while England centre Reece Lyne was one of just three Trinity players to make over 100 metres; averaging a gain of 11 metres per carry.
There were also two England try-scorers for Wigan as they earned a 22-38 win over Huddersfield Giants at the John Smiths Stadium. Captain Sean O’Loughlin was in imperious form scoring for the Warriors as well as notching two try-assists in a brilliant attacking display.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">👊 A try and two try-assists in <a href="https://twitter.com/WiganWarriorsRL?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WiganWarriorsRL</a>'s victory over <a href="https://twitter.com/Giantsrl?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GiantsRL</a> last night.<br><br>🔥 Lockers at his best! <a href="https://t.co/o5DT6XZSaj">pic.twitter.com/o5DT6XZSaj</a></p>— England Rugby League (@England_RL) <a href="https://twitter.com/England_RL/status/1142447688597876737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 22, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
George Williams also crossed for Wigan to seal the victory with 15 minutes remaining. Joe Greenwood and Oliver Gildart started the game for Wigan in the second-rower and centre positions, respectively.
Hull FC hammered Catalans Dragons in Perpignan 10-50 with Jake Connor adding another try-assist to his tally taking him to 11 for the season. Connor also made a staggering 83 metres from just six carries. Prop-forward Scott Taylor was dominant down the middle with 105 metres from 12 carries.
Liam Watts was Castleford’s standout performer despite their defeat to Salford Red Devils. Watts topped the Tigers’ metre-making charts with 127 while also making more tackles than any other Castleford man with 48. Adam Milner and Jake Trueman also featured but couldn’t prevent defeat for Daryl Powell’s side.
Robbie Mulhern was involved in Hull Kingston Rovers' narrow defeat to London on Thursday evening.