St Helens 36-16 Castleford Tigers

Sunday 26th May 2019
KO: 18:00 - Round: 16

36-16 FT

HT: 20 6

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Anfield

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Jack Ashworth, Lachlan Coote, Kevin Naiqama,

  • Goals
    Lachlan Coote (4),

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Grant Millington, Chris Clarkson, Greg Eden,

  • Goals
    Peter Mata'utia, Jordan Rankin,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Ruthless St Helens again showed why they have been a class apart in this season’s Betfred Super League as they dismantled Castleford Tigers 36-16 to close out the Dacia Magic Weekend and restore their six-point advantage at the top.

Their West Yorkshire opponents are no stooges, despite this being a fifth defeat in six, and started the day in the play-off positions before ending it as the Saints’ latest victims.

Saints had to withstand an early onslaught before getting their first try after seven minutes, with Tommy Makinson going in after a slick move between Theo Fages and Lachlan Coote on the back of Kevin Naiqama’s length-of-the-field intercept.

Saints soaked up some more pressure before ruthlessly picking off a second, Regan Grace in at the left corner after good hands from Coote and Zeb Taia. James Roby then carved Castleford up down the middle and Jonny Lomax applied the finish, with Coote’s first goal of four taking it to 14-0.

Coote was providing again soon, his last-tackle run putting Fages in, but a Roby sin-binning after a tackle on Jake Trueman stopped Saints in their tracks.

Grant Millington got one back for Cas while he was off, scoring off a Paul McShane kick, but the Tigers were unable to make any more inroads while a man up.

With Roby back on, Saints returned to full throttle after the break, Jack Ashworth the recipient of a short ball from Joseph Paulo and scoring under the posts.

Coote got a try his play deserved on the hour before Naiqama made it nine tries in five outings as he forced his way in at the corner.

St Helens’ evening’s work was slightly soured as Chris Clarkson an Greg Eden scrambled a pair of late consolations but it was too late too affect the outcome.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: "It was very satisfying. We know how dangerous Castleford are and we played well for a good, dominant win."

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "I thought we had a real dig but for us that’s where we are at the moment. I think we did see some signs but we’re not durable enough within games, we get broken down too easily."

  • 77: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Jordan Rankin
  • 76: TRY! scored for Castleford by Greg Eden
  • 73: TRY! scored for Castleford by Chris Clarkson
  • 68: TRY! scored for St Helens by Kevin Naiqama
  • 60: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 59: TRY! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 47: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 47: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jack Ashworth
  • 31: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Peter Mata'utia
  • 31: TRY! scored for Castleford by Grant Millington
  • 23: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 22: TRY! scored for St Helens by Theo Fages
  • 19: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote
  • 18: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax
  • 15: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 8: TRY! scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson
  • Key Performers

    Zeb Taia

    Offloads: 5

    Thomas Makinson

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Greg Eden

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 7
    Tigers 3

    Goals:

    Saints 4
    Tigers 2

    METRES:

    Saints 1277
    Tigers 1078

    CARRIES:

    Saints 200
    Tigers 184

    TACKLES:

    Saints 333
    Tigers 309

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 17
    Tigers 13

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 7
    Tigers 8

    BREAKS:

    Saints 11
    Tigers 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Zeb Taia 0 2 28 2 1 3 0 20 138 6.90 0 0 2 0 0 0 5 2
    Lachlan Coote 1 2 5 0 1 6 5 18 130 7.22 2 1 0 0 4 3 2 0
    Thomas Makinson 1 0 3 0 2 14 1 16 129 8.06 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 21 1 2 7 0 14 128 9.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kevin Naiqama 1 0 15 2 2 5 0 8 116 14.50 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Joseph Paulo 0 1 32 5 1 1 0 16 87 5.44 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 18 2 4 4 0 9 84 9.33 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ashworth 1 0 16 4 3 3 0 13 66 5.08 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jonathan Lomax 1 1 18 2 2 1 0 16 65 4.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Regan Grace 1 0 3 0 3 3 0 15 56 3.73 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Roby 0 1 31 8 2 3 1 6 52 8.67 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 36 5 2 7 0 14 52 3.71 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 0 0 26 5 4 0 0 8 45 5.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 39 7 3 0 0 9 45 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 1 0 18 1 0 3 3 12 40 3.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Bentley 0 0 10 4 1 1 0 4 26 6.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Aaron Smith 0 0 14 1 3 1 0 2 18 9.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Greg Eden 1 0 2 0 4 2 0 16 135 8.44 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Minikin 0 0 13 1 5 6 1 10 121 12.10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cheyse Blair 0 0 8 1 1 2 0 14 107 7.64 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Watts 0 0 31 4 4 2 0 21 102 4.86 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 2
    James Clare 0 0 7 0 1 4 0 15 98 6.53 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Grant Millington 1 0 28 5 8 3 0 19 83 4.37 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 22 3 9 3 0 11 75 6.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 1 2 0 4 6 1 18 70 3.89 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 36 9 3 1 0 12 54 4.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jordan Rankin 0 0 14 2 0 3 3 13 51 3.92 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
    Daniel Smith 0 0 19 2 1 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Clarkson 1 0 18 2 0 0 0 8 44 5.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Cook 0 0 22 2 5 2 0 4 38 9.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3
    Will Maher 0 0 22 6 3 1 0 5 27 5.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Paul McShane 0 0 42 8 7 0 1 3 18 6.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Trueman 0 1 15 1 3 1 7 6 5 0.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Cory Aston 0 0 8 1 4 0 1 1 1 1.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties