Official Match Report
St Helens showed their Betfred Super League title credentials as they maintain their perfect start to the season with an outstanding 42-12 victory over Castleford Tigers.
Justin Holbrook’s men were in scintillating form as they ran in eight tries to make it seven wins from seven this season in a one-sided contest at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Lachlan Coote - who finished with 14 points - powered over inside five minutes to set Saints on their way before Regan Grace’s acrobatic finish and Dominique Peyroux’s second try in two matches put the visitors 18-0 up at the break.
FT: TIGERS 🐯 12-42 SAINTS 🔴⚪— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 22, 2019
What a result, what a performance! Tries from Coote, Grace, a double from Peyroux, Taia, LMS, Percival and Lomax tamed the Tigers here at the jungle. Get in!#saintsandproud pic.twitter.com/xC1iX3pGxU
Zeb Taia, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Mark Percival extended Saints’ lead to 32-0 before Castleford captain Michael Shenton grabbed a consolation score with a length-of-the-field interception try against his former team.
Peyroux crossed the whitewash for his second, with Jonny Lomax also dotting down before Jake Trueman touched down for Castleford as St Helens sent out a daunting message for the rest of Super League.
Saints coach Justin Holbrook said: “Obviously I’m really impressed with the boys tonight. They were all fantastic. It’s a tough place to come and play and I thought that was probably our best performance of the year.
“It’s hard to single a player out tonight, which is good as a coach. I thought everyone did their job.
“We expect to play well but I didn’t expect that result tonight, that’s for sure. I know that we are improving every week and that’s great.”
It's a bit difficult to pick a Man of the Match out of that one, but here are the four we have picked....🔴⚪— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) March 22, 2019
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Cas boss Daryl Powell admitted: “I just thought it was two teams playing at different levels to be honest, I thought they were outstanding.
“We just got rattled by the game. The second half was poor. No excuses, just got completely outplayed tonight. They are an outstanding side at the moment.
“We have won some games but we haven’t been playing great, we tried to find a groove for ourselves but we never got in that game tonight. We know we have a job to do, but tonight was a really harsh smack around the chops.”
|80||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Jordan Rankin||12-42|
|79||try||Try scored for Castleford by Jacob Trueman||10-42|
|75||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||6-42|
|74||try||Try scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax||6-40|
|65||try||Try scored for St Helens by Dominique Peyroux||6-36|
|60||goal||Goal scored for Castleford by Jordan Rankin||6-32|
|59||try||Try scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton||4-32|
|54||try||Try scored for St Helens by Mark Percival||0-32|
|49||try||Try scored for St Helens by Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook||0-28|
|44||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||0-24|
|43||try||Try scored for St Helens by Zeb Taia||0-22|
|34||try||Try scored for St Helens by Dominique Peyroux||0-18|
|34||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||0-14|
|23||try||Try scored for St Helens by Regan Grace||0-12|
|16||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||0-8|
|6||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||0-6|
|4||try||Try scored for St Helens by Lachlan Coote||0-4|