12th July 2019, 22:29 | super_league

St Helens beat Wigan as Warrington suffer shock loss to Salford

St Helens beat Wigan as Warrington suffer shock loss to Salford

St Helens increased their lead at the top of the Betfred Super League with a 32-10 win over Wigan Warriors as closest challengers Warrington Wolves suffered a shock home defeat to Salford Red Devils.

Tommy Makinson crossed twice to lead Saints to victory and there were also wins for Hull KR at fellow strugglers Leeds Rhinos, Catalans Dragons at Huddersfield Giants, and Castleford Tigers in the derby with Wakefield Trinity.

Hull FC had opened the round 22 fixtures with a 35-22 win over the London Broncos.

Makinson's double put Saints ahead at the Totally Wicked Stadium and further scores from Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Jonny Lomax put the hosts 32-4 up after an hour.

Wigan finished strongly and claimed a consolation try through Zak Hardaker, who scored all his side’s points.

Coote finished with a personal haul of 16 points having also kicked six goals.

Krisnan Inu claimed two tries as Salford recorded their second shock Super League win of the season at the Halliwell Jones Stadium over second-placed Warrington.

Inu claimed two tries and three goals for a personal haul of 14 points with Salford’s other tries coming through Ryan Lannon and Kris Welham.

It was a below-par performance from Warrington as they claimed tries from Jason Clark and Matt Davies and two Dec Patton conversions.

Former captain Danny McGuire returned to haunt Leeds with a masterclass display on his 400th Super League appearance to guide Hull KR to a precious 32-16 victory.

The 36-year-old stand-off is retiring at the end of the season but showed he still has much to offer as he tormented his old team-mates with a dazzling array of attacking skills that created three of Rovers’ six tries.

Sam Tomkins scored a first-half hat-trick as Catalans boosted their play-off prospects with a hard-fought 32-28 victory which reawakened Huddersfield’s relegation fears.

Centre Brayden Wiliame also touched down for the Dragons while Innes Senior and Jake Wardle were Huddersfield’s first-half scorers. Jodie Broughton scored a second-half brace for Catalans and there were further home tries by Darnell McIntosh, Lee Gaskell and Senior.

A James Clare hat-trick helped Castleford come from behind and beat derby rivals Wakefield 36-16.

Winger Clare grabbed three tries as the Tigers rallied from 8-0 down early on for a convincing 20-point win at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.

On Thursday, Hull FC defeated London 35-22 at the KCOM Stadium to strengthen their hold on third in the table and leave their opponents on the bottom.

Hull scored tries through Carlos Tuimavave, Bureta Faraimo, Joe Westerman, Jake Connor, Josh Griffin and Ratu Naulago. London replied with a Sadiq Adebiyi double and further tries from Matty Flemming and Jordan Abdul.

Huddersfield Giants 28 Catalans Dragons 32
Leeds Rhinos 16 Hull KR 32
St Helens 32 Wigan Warriors 10
Wakefield Trinity 16 Castleford Tigers 36
Warrington Wolves 12 Salford Red Devils 22
Hull FC 35 London Broncos 22