10th October 2020, 10:56 | super_league
St Helens made it eight straight league wins since the resumption to strengthen their position at the top of Betfred Super League, but the plaudits from the round 15 game went to bottom-of-the table Wakefield Trinity.
Saints trailed 12-0 and were still behind after an hour, before scoring two tries in the final quarter to run out 20-16 winners at Headingley.
Full-back Lachlan Coote scored two tries and kicked two goals for St Helens, who were without veteran prop James Graham after he was told to isolate after coming into contact with someone who had contracted Covid-19.
Wigan Warriors staged a smash and grab act to beat Warrington Wolves 18-14 in a tense derby also played at Headingley.
Both teams went into the game, which was a repeat of the 2018 Grand Final, smarting from surprise Coral Challenge Cup semi-final defeats and it was the Warriors who took the opportunity to pull clear of their opponents in second place in the table.
The Wolves raced into a 12-0 lead and went on to dominate the first half, but they could not turn their overwhelming possession into enough points and they paid the price as Wigan fought back, taking the lead for the first time with second rower Liam Farrell’s match-winning try five minutes from the end.
Catalans Dragons, meanwhile, fired a warning shot to their top-four rivals with a 34-4 roasting of Hull KR at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Steve McNamara’s French outfit seem to have found their home comforts as 5,000 supporters cheered them on to a clinical demolition of Super League’s second-bottom side.
With James Maloney and Israel Folau firing on all cylinders, the Dragons were simply too hot for Tony Smith’s rattled Robins.
On Thursday, Leeds Rhinos full-back Jack Walker pressed his claims for a Challenge Cup final berth with a superb performance as they came from behind to beat Hull FC 40-22 at Headingley.
The 21-year-old was recalled for only his second appearance in six months and seized his opportunity by producing two tries and an assist, while winger Ash Handley grabbed a hat-trick as Leeds warmed up for next Saturday’s final against Salford Red Devils with a seven-try display.
Hull had stepped in at less than 24 hours notice to fill the vacancy created by Castleford Tigers, who were left with just 14 available players through injury and the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Goalkicking winger Krisnan Inu scored a second-half hat-trick of tries as Salford came from 12-0 down to beat Huddersfield Giants 24-16.
The 33-year-old New Zealander maintained his rich vein of form by taking his try tally to seven in his last five matches as the Red Devils secured a fifth successive win in all competitions.
Huddersfield Giants 16-24 Salford Red Devils
Hull FC 22-40 Leeds Rhinos
Wakefield Trinity 16-20 St Helens
Catalans Dragons 34-4 Hull KR
Warrington Wolves 14-18 Wigan Warriors