St Helens 26-0 Castleford Tigers

Friday 28th September 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 7

26-0 FT

HT: 18 0

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Matthew Lees, Morgan Knowles, Ben Barba 2,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 5,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens ended the Betfred Super League season as they began it seven months earlier with a comprehensive home win over Castleford Tigers.

It was not as emphatic as the 46-6 victory at the Totally Wicked Stadium in February but the 26-0 margin was comfortable enough for the leaders, who warmed up nicely for their semi-final against Warrington Wolves next Thursday.

Forward Matty Lees scored his first try for the club and full-back Ben Barba, whose end-of-season departure was confirmed this week, touched down twice to take his final tally in the league campaign to 28.

Morgan Knowles also crossed for Saints in the opening half while Danny Richardson kicked five goals. 

Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: “It was a disappointing performance from us. I thought we started well but then we made too many errors and physically St Helens were way too good for us.

“If we had played until Wednesday, I don’t think we’d have scored. They defended well and our attitude wasn’t where it needed to be. Sometimes that happens leading into a big game.

“But we’ll be right next week, I’m confident of that, we’ve just got to make sure the team we know we can be turns up next week."

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said: “It was an awkward game for both sides. Neither team were near their best.

“I’m happy with the performance, it was great to be able to keep them to nil and we can look forward to next week.”

  • 46: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 45: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 42: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 36: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 35: TRY! scored for St Helens by Ben Barba
  • 25: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 25: TRY! scored for St Helens by Morgan Knowles
  • 10: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 8: TRY! scored for St Helens by Matthew Lees
  • Key Performers

    Greg Minikin

    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 8
    Tigers 0

    Goals:

    Saints 10
    Tigers 0

    METRES:

    Saints 1300
    Tigers 1097

    CARRIES:

    Saints 199
    Tigers 169

    TACKLES:

    Saints 320
    Tigers 362

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 14
    Tigers 14

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 6
    Tigers 8

    BREAKS:

    Saints 6
    Tigers 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 3 0 1 9 0 16 144 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Zeb Taia 0 0 22 4 0 2 0 20 139 6.95 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Luke Douglas 0 1 38 12 0 4 0 16 134 8.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 21 5 3 1 0 12 110 9.17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Kyle Amor 0 1 28 4 6 2 0 15 107 7.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 21 2 1 2 0 16 97 6.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    James Roby 0 0 36 7 1 0 0 11 87 7.91 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Knowles 1 0 33 8 1 3 0 8 81 10.13 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Matthew Costello 0 0 10 1 2 2 0 17 80 4.71 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Regan Grace 0 1 5 1 1 4 0 12 73 6.08 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Lees 1 0 23 0 6 3 0 11 64 5.82 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Theo Fages 0 1 16 1 1 0 1 11 54 4.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Barba 2 0 3 0 0 2 3 10 40 4.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 23 4 3 0 0 8 31 3.88 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 16 2 3 2 1 7 27 3.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 10 0 2 0 9 5 16 3.20 0 0 3 0 5 0 1 1
    James Bentley 0 0 12 1 3 0 0 4 16 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    James Clare 0 0 4 0 0 5 2 18 144 8.00 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Peter Mata'utia 0 0 3 0 3 3 0 17 122 7.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Greg Minikin 0 0 5 1 1 4 1 19 109 5.74 3 3 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Mitch Clark 0 0 37 9 2 0 0 13 105 8.08 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 35 6 3 3 0 15 102 6.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Ben Roberts 0 0 7 0 0 3 0 12 71 5.92 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 36 5 2 1 0 11 64 5.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 27 6 2 3 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Wardle 0 0 19 3 4 3 0 10 62 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Will Maher 0 0 32 10 1 1 0 7 58 8.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 21 2 5 2 0 10 57 5.70 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jesse Sene-Lafao 0 0 48 11 2 4 0 8 54 6.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Luke Gale 0 0 11 0 2 2 7 6 32 5.33 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Milner 0 0 29 5 4 0 0 6 28 4.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 4 17 4.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Trueman 0 0 11 0 3 0 4 3 10 3.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul McShane 0 0 31 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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