6th July 2019, 18:47 | StHelens

Saints shine against Hull

Saints shine against Hull

Betfred Super League leaders St Helens produced a masterclass to beat third-placed Hull FC 40-12.

Australian full-back Lachlan Coote scored two of his side’s seven tries and kicked six conversions for a 20-point haul.

Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages, Jack Ashworth and Jonny Lomax had their other tries.

Justin Holbrook’s men made light of the absence of skipper James Roby and back-up hooker Aaron Smith, with James Bentley stepping effortlessly into the makeshift role as part of a well-oiled machine.

Hull trailed 40-0 before producing a late fightback through Jamie Shaul and Ratu Naulago tries but it was scant consolation as they crashed to a fifth home defeat of the season.

Warrington Wolves produced a ruthless first-half display as they brushed aside London Broncos 36-6.

All six of the Wolves’ tries came in the opening period as the second-placed visitors returned to winning ways following their defeat to leaders St Helens last time out.

Tom Lineham, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Jake Mamo, Jack Hughes and Toby King all crossed while Declan Patton kicked six goals.

Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick of tries as Wigan Warriors beat Hull Kingston Rovers 52-10 to boost their chances of a top-three finish.

The Warriors put in an almost flawless performance in the first half as they outscored Hull KR four tries to one, with Marshall helping himself to a brace, going on to complete his hat-trick after the break.

George Williams, Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart and Joe Burgess also went over as Wigan racked up a half-century of points.

Trent Merrin, Jack Walker and Robert Lui were on target as Leeds Rhinos bolstered their survival hopes with a hard-fought 18-10 win at neighbours Castleford Tigers.

Merrin scored the only points of the opening 40 minutes with a close-range finish before Walker improved Leeds’ lead with an effort four minutes into the second half.

Liam Sutcliffe, who converted both tries, then added a penalty to make it 14-0 before Castleford fashioned a spirited rally which earned them two tries in four minutes for winger James Clare.

That cut Leeds’ advantage to four points but the Rhinos – who had not won at Wheldon Road since 2015 – secured victory through Lui’s first try for the club.

Castleford's defeat allowed Catalans Dragons to climb above them into fifth after Jodie Broughton scored a hat-trick in their 44-10 thrashing of Wakefield Trinity.

Tony Gigot added a brace, while Matt Whietley, Samisoni Langui and Kenny Edwards also touched down for the hosts, while Sam Tomkins kicked six goals.

Darnell McIntosh scored two tries as Huddersfield Giants came from 8-0 down to carve out a resounding 36-18 victory over Salford Red Devils.