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St Helens 54-6 Hull Kingston Rovers

St Helens (20) 54
Tries: Wilkin 2, Makinson 2, Pryce, Soliola, Moore, Lomax, Roby, Shenton Goals: Foster 7
Hull KR (6) 6
Tries: Galea Goals: Dobson

Tommy Makinson scores a try for St Helens
Makinson was one of eight try scorers for Saints

St Helens cruised into the last four of the Challenge Cup - and a semi-final date against Wigan - with a ruthless destruction of Hull Kingston Rovers.

Saints led 20-6 at the break after two quick early tries from fit-again Leon Pryce and Sia Soliola were supplemented by Jon Wilkin and Tommy Makinson.

Ben Galea replied, but Saints then turned it on after the break.

Scott Moore, Jonny Lomax, James Roby and Michael Shenton all crossed before Wilkin and Makinson added a second.

Rovers were on a roll, having won their last four Super League games. But they were no match for a Saints side whose summer-long injury problems appear to be easing just in time for the season's climax.

England international Pryce marked only his third appearance of the season for Saints with his side's first try after the worst injury run of his career.

The 29-year-old has been restricted to just five minutes of action in almost 12 months by a bulging neck disk and then a serious groin tear.

But, after Lee Gaskell made way for his return, he scored his first try for 12 months.

Half-back partner Lomax and England team-mate Roby were also outstanding for Saints, who booked their 11th successive semi-final appearance against old rivals Wigan in a fortnight's time.

To add to their woes, Rovers lost Liam Colbon at half-time with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

POST-MATCH VIEWS

St Helens coach Royce Simmons:
"I liked the way Leon Pryce took the line on straightaway. Some players are content just to pass at first after a lay-off, but Leon was confident from the off and that gave the team confidence.

"Jon Wilkin was fantastic and I don't know how many times James Graham took the ball up.

"But it's hard to single any player out after a performance like that. A lot of players performed close to their best and that is going to result in a good team performance."

Hull KR coach Justin Morgan:

"A few things cost us, our concentration, giving away too many penalties and making errors. You can't afford to give Saints so much possession in that mood.

"We had to do a lot of defending and Saints played with great speed and tempo. Their front row were very good.

"Kris Welham was strong for us but Saints were in a very positive mood. It's not a great feeling being knocked out of the cup and now we have to dust ourselves down for next week."

TEAMS

St Helens: Wellens; Makinson, Shenton, Meli, Foster; Pryce, Lomax; Graham, Roby, Puletua, Soliola, Flannery, Wilkin.

Replacements: Eastmond, Moore, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Magennis.

Hull KR: Briscoe; Fox, Welham, Webster, Colbon; Green, Dobson; Vella, Hodgson, Netherton, Newton, Galea, Murrell.

Replacements: Lovegrove, Fisher, Wheeldon, Taylor.

Attendance: 6,449.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).



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