Trin­ity end los­ing run by beat­ing Saints

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - FRONT PAGE -

SU­PER LEAGUE lead­ers St He­lens suf­fered only a sec­ond de­feat of the sea­son as Wake­field halted their own five-match los­ing run in a nail-bit­ing con­test at Belle Vue.

Eng­land cen­tre Mark Per­ci­val scored two tries, tak­ing his tally for the sea­son to 12, as Saints fought back from 22-6 down to close to within two points but they could not main­tain their com­po­sure in a dra­matic fin­ish as Wake­field clung on for a 24-20 vic­tory, their first at home to St He­lens for six years.

Both sides fin­ished the game with 12 men af­ter Per­ci­val and Wake­field hooker Tyler Ran­dell were sin-binned but, af­ter los­ing their last three matches by a com­bined to­tal of eight points, Trin­ity coach Chris Ch­ester will be thrilled by the way they held their nerve.

Castle­ford un­der­lined the size of the task fac­ing Steve McNa­mara as they ham­mered his Cata­lans Dragons side 41-0 to move into the top four.

Af­ter let­ting a 21-0 lead slip against Wi­gan last week, Cata­lans ap­peared devoid of con­fi­dence and were duly put to the sword as Luke Gale in­spired Castle­ford. The scrum-half laid on all three first-half tries with smart kicks and fin­ished the af­ter­noon with 13 points from the tee.

Paul McShane and Oliver Holmes both crossed twice for the Tigers while Michael Shen­ton, James Clare and Joe War­dle each scored once in a record Su­per League win over the rock-bot­tom Dragons. St He­lens ............................................... Wi­gan ....................................................... War­ring­ton ........................................... Castle­ford ................................................. Leeds ........................................................ Hull ............................................................ Wake­field ............................................... Sal­ford ..................................................... Widnes .................................................... Hull KR ..................................................... HUD­DER­S­FIELD ................................... Cata­lans Dragons ............................ Toronto Wolf­pack ............................. Feather­stone ....................................... Toulouse ................................................ Lon­don Bron­cos ............................... Leigh ......................................................... Hal­i­fax ........................................................ Bat­ley .......................................................... Dews­bury ................................................. Bar­row ..................................................... Sh­effield ................................................. Rochdale ................................................... Swin­ton ...................................................

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