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Castleford Tigers 26-46 St Helens

Castleford (16) 26
Tries: Chase, Dixon, Youngquest, Owen, Widders Goals: Dixon 3

St Helens (24) 46
Tries: Graham, Shenton, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wellens 2, Puletua, Gaskell, Eastmond Goals: Foster 7

Paul Wellens
Paul Wellens' two tries came in the first half

A dominant second-half display saw St Helens score a convincing victory against Castleford Tigers.

Three tries in the first 15 minutes from James Graham, Michael Shenton and Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook saw Saints take control.

But the Tigers hit back as Rangi Chase, Kirk Dixon and Nick Youngquest all grabbed touchdowns.

However, Paul Wellens (2), Tony Puletua, Lee Gaskell and Kyle Eastmond sealed it for the visitors.

Saints' fourth consecutive league win moves them one point ahead of fourth-placed Huddersfield, while Castleford remain seventh.

The visitors started well and James Roby's clever pass put in Graham from close range, before Shenton scored against his former club after Roby, Leon Pryce and Wellens made the opening.

Cas had Chase sin-binned for holding down Jonny Lomax after he denied him with a brilliant try-saving tackle and Saints took advantage with McCarthy-Scarsbrook forcing his way over for a third try in five minutes.

The Tigers could have crumbled, but Chase started a remarkable fightback with his first touch on his return to the pitch after Ryan McGoldrick and Martin Aspinwall combined to put him in.

A Chase high kick set up a try for Dixon and the gap was down to two points when Chase's superb pass put in Youngquest near the corner.

Richard Owen squandered a good chance to give the Tigers the lead and Wellens made him pay from Lomax's ball to give them an eight-point half-time advantage.

Castleford started the second half strongly but Saints showed their quality and excellent work by Chris Flannery and Shenton saw Wellens grab his second before Puletua crossed.

Gaskell pounced from Jon Wilkin's high kick for another try and Eastmond darted over at the corner.

By the time Owen and Dean Widders crossed for Castleford, it was too little too late.


Castleford coach Terry Matterson:

"We gave a good crack and I can't believe we didn't go in at half-time in front.

"But we came out of the blocks slow and you can't afford to do that against such a quality team. In the second half we did exactly the same thing.

"I thought a lot of our guys were good but some were off and that didn't help us. It wasn't an 80-minute performance and that's what cost us in the end.

"Some of the young guys came in and did a wonderful job. I thought John Davies was outstanding."

St Helens coach Royce Simmons:

"I was happy with the start to the game but I think we might have got a little bit ahead of ourselves. We got to 18-0 by playing good footy but then the next 20 sets we only had the ball five of them.

"Castleford got back in the game and we should have been a little bit more professional in not giving them as much ball. Castleford can score points and we gave them way too much ball.

"At half-time we were down one inter-change and we ended up having no inter-changes. We had to grind out the second half and we got away with a win."


Castleford: McGoldrick, Dixon, Youngquest, Arundel, Owen, Widders, Chase, Massey, Milner, B. Davies, Ferres, Holmes, Thompson.
Replacements: Isa for Widders (25), Hudson for Massey (18), Aspinwall for B. Davies (20), J. Davies for Thompson (11).

Sin Bin: Chase (12).

St Helens: Wellens, Makinson, Shenton, Eastmond, Foster, Pryce, Lomax, Graham, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Flannery, Wilkin, Puletua.
Replacements: Gaskell for Lomax (45), Dixon for Graham (50), Moore for McCarthy-Scarsbrook (26), Magennis for Puletua (16).

Att: 6,802

Ref: Robert Hicks (Oldham).

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