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Wakefield 6-50 St Helens

Wakefield (6) 6
Try: Hyde Goal: Cooke
St Helens (16) 50
Tries: Pryce, Gardner, Puletua 2, Wilkin 2, Magennis 2, Meli Goals: Foster 7


Leon Pryce
Pryce ended the week on a high after being left out of the England squad

Leon Pryce inspired St Helens to a nine-try win over Wakefield to close the gap on second-placed Warrington to two points ahead of next week's clash.

Kieran Hyde opened the scoring for the hosts with his first Super League try.

But Pryce levelled the scores and then set up Ade Gardner and Tony Puletua, before Jon Wilkin crossed six minutes after the restart.

Shaun Magennis scored two tries as Wilkin and Puletua both doubled their tallies and Francis Meli touched down.

Pryce was left out of England's 37-man get-together last week but had a hand in four of the Saints' first five tries in West Yorkshire.

After Hyde's opener, the stand-off bumped off the challenge of Sam Obst to jink over. He then put through an inch-perfect kick for Gardner to score the second and got substitute Puletua crashing over.

Scott Moore broke to send Wilkin over after the break and 20-year-old Magennis scored the first of his brace when Hyde fumbled Pryce's high kick.

James Roby burst into space to send Wilkin over, and James Graham and Paul Wellens combined well to set Magennis up for his second.

Wells and Roby stringed together the passes for Puletua's second and Meli finished the try-scoring from his unfamiliar position of centre.

Winger Jamie Foster sealed the half-century of points with his seventh conversion of the day.


Wakefield coach John Kear:
"I thought for 30 minutes we competed well but fell away worryingly.

"It's the biggest hole we've been in since I've been here and we need to address it, whether it's through personnel changes I don't know.

"There is a lot of reflection that needs to be done this week because we either win by 40 or 50 or collapse and lose by 40 or 50.

"We've asked about our own character within the group. Are we strong enough as a group to tough it out when things are against us or do we think it's acceptable to just collapse and capitulate, which is what we're doing too frequently?"

St Helens coach Mick Potter:

"I thought Leon was outstanding. He's been playing well for a while.

"He's one of the better players in Super League so it [his England snub] is a surprise but that's the way it goes sometimes.

"To put in a performance in attack in the second half like that was good and

to hold them to six points was a pleasing effort.

"We're trying to build some momentum and I think we've done that today, it was

a good sign for us."


Wakefield: Hyde, Gleeson, Demetriou, Millard, Blanch, Cooke, Obst, Leaeno, Rinaldi, Korkidas, Morrison, Kirmond, Leo-Latu.
Replacements: Jeffries, Moore, Gledhill, Henderson.

St Helens: Wellens, Gardner, Gidley, Foster, Meli, Pryce, Moore, Graham, Roby, Hargreaves, Wilkin, Ashurst, Magennis.
Replacements: Puletua, Emmitt, Clough, Gaskell.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield)



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