6th August 2019, 10:59 | englandrl
This past weekend six England stars earned another piece of silverware as St Helens were crowned Betfred League Leaders’ Shield winners for 2019.
Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Alex Walmsley and Luke Thompson have all played a part in another League Leaders’ Shield winning season with four of the six featuring in their 26-6 win over Wakefield Trinity on Friday evening.
Makinson found himself on the scoresheet once again in a comfortable victory while also racking up more metres than any other player on the field with 166. The England winger leads the way in Super League’s metre-making charts with 3179, 90 more than any other player.
Thompson and Percival both also broke the 100-metre barrier in the victory over Wakefield while Roby made an impressive 40 tackles and notched a try-assist. England’s Reece Lyne was in action for Trinity.
St Helens’ Leaders’ Shield triumph was confirmed on Saturday evening when Warrington Wolves fell to a 30-10 loss to Catalans Dragons with six of their England contingent on the field. Prop-forward Chris Hill did cross the try-line for Wire but to no avail.
It was Catalans’ Englishman who stole the show however with Sam Tomkins racking up three try-assists and kicking seven conversions in another impressive performance at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Ben Currie put in a big defensive shift totalling 41 tackles while Daryl Clark and Hill clocked 33 and 32, respectively. Stefan Ratchford, Blake Austin and Jack Hughes also featured. Hughes actually ruptured his testicle 20 minutes into the game but remained on the field until full-time.
😲 @warringtonnews reporting that Jack Hughes ruptured his testicle 20 minutes into Saturday's game against Catalans and carried on to play the full match...— England Rugby League (@England_RL) August 5, 2019
🤕 Speedy recovery, Jack! pic.twitter.com/vVxcrPYnAr
Another English prop-forward was on the scoresheet on Friday night as Scott Taylor powered over for the second consecutive weekend however it wasn’t enough to earn Hull FC a victory as they fell 14-15 against Wigan Warriors.
England’s Oliver Gildart, George Williams and Sean O’Loughlin all played for Wigan, but the latter did leave the field early after picking up a pectoral injury. Jake Connor came off the interchange bench for the Black and Whites.
Liam Watts and Jake Trueman both provided try-assist for Castleford Tigers but couldn’t prevent their side falling to a Golden Point defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers. Watts ran for 124 metres from 14 carries, made 36 tackles and notched three offloads in a robust display.
Jermaine McGillvary featured in Huddersfield Giants’ 0-44 defeat to Leeds Rhinos.