16th July 2019, 11:40 | englandrl
St Helens extended their lead at the top of Betfred Super League with three tries coming from England stars including a Tommy Makinson double.
Saints beat local rivals Wigan Warriors 32-10 with the current Golden Boot holder crossing for the hosts first two tries of the evening. Makinson is Super League’s top metre-maker this season and he added another 185 to his tally on Friday evening; more than any other player on the field.
Jonny Lomax was also on the scoresheet for the hosts in the second half in addition to adding another try-assist to his name for 2019 and breaking the 100-metre barrier. Luke Thompson made 148 metres which was more than any other St Helens forward while Mark Percival racked up 116 metres and Alex Walmsley made 98.
It was a tough evening for Wigan’s England men with Oliver Gildart and George Williams unable to break down the St Helens defence. Sean O’Loughlin remains sidelined.
England full-back Sam Tomkins was in sensational form scoring a hat-trick this past weekend as Catalans Dragons edged out Huddersfield Giants. Tomkins scored all three of his tries inside the opening 33 minutes of the game and also converted four goals taking his points tally for the evening to 20. The former Wigan man also assisted two of the Dragons’ other three tries.
Jake Connor helped Hull FC return to winning ways on Thursday night as they overcame London Broncos 35-22. Connor scored the Airlie Birds third try of the game while fellow England squad member Scott Taylor made 109 metres for Hull from 15 carries.
Warrington Wolves hooker Daryl Clark added another two try-assists to his tally taking him to 17 for the season however couldn’t stop Warrington falling to defeat against Salford Red Devils. Josh Charnley was Warrington’s second highest metre-maker with 106 and was closely followed by England new boy Blake Austin– who was named in Wayne Bennett’s revised squad yesterday – who made 104 metres. Jack Hughes and Ben Currie made 33 tackles apiece, but it was Clark who topped the charts for the Wire with 44.
Jake Trueman made an impactful return for Castleford Tigers assisting two tries in their 16-36 win over Wakefield while also running for 133 metres. England duo Liam Watts and Adam Milner were strong in defence making 33 and 39 defensive efforts, respectively.
Hull Kingston Rovers beat Leeds Rhinos 16-32 on Friday evening however KR’s Robbie Mulhern and Leeds’ Stevie Ward both missed the game.