Super League  Sunday 22nd June 2014  Langtree Park  Att: 12,648

Squad

Makinson, Turner, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Flanagan, Wellens, Percival, Wheeler, Dawson, Richards, Thompson, Savelio.

Squad

Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Mariano, Wheeldon, Ellis, Finn, Jewitt.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Luke Walsh

Mark Percival

Paul Wellens

Jordan Turner

Paul Wellens

Tom Makinson

GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Luke Dorn

Marc Sneyd

Kirk Dixon

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Veteran Paul Wellens once more demonstrated his immense value to St Helens by guiding them to a comprehensive 38-16 win over First Utility Super League top-four rivals Castleford Tigers at Langtree Park.

The 34-year-old former Great Britain international, who registered the 1,000th point of his career in Saints' 30-28 win at Castleford earlier this year, scored two of his side's seven tries as they completed the double over the Tetley’s Challenge Cup semi-finalists.

Wellens proved a magnificent replacement for injured full-back Jonny Lomax as Saints bounced back from the humiliation of their 42-0 hammering by Catalan Dragons to move back to the top of the standings.

With Lomax ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, St Helens' full-back spot remains in safe hands and, on this form, Wellens will surely be handed a new contract for 2015.

Despite travelling without leading tryscorer Justin Carney, who was ill, Castleford had high hopes of pulling off their first away win over Saints since 1992 and they battled well throughout a competitive first half.

But they gifted their opponents crucial tries either side of half-time and eventually finished a well-beaten side for the second successive week as they went down to St Helens for the 13th successive time.

Winger Tom Makinson, who has a habit of scoring against the Tigers, got the scoreboard rolling on five minutes by finishing off a break from second-rower Mark Flanagan for his 15th try of the campaign.

Castleford then produced their best spell of the game, with winger James Clare denied by an ankle tap from Jordan Turner and hooker Daryl Clark twice going close before losing the ball in the tackle.

The visitors' enterprising play was rewarded on 21 minutes when a midfield break from substitute Frankie Mariano set up the position for winger Kirk Dixon to score an equalising try, taking Liam Finn's pass to cross at the corner.

It was all Saints in the second quarter, however, and they seized control of the game thanks largely to the efforts of their inspirational skipper.

Wellens took an inside pass from stand-off Lance Hohaia and wrong-footed full-back Luke Dorn for his first try and then got Turner over out wide.

At 16-4, Castleford were still in touch but a blunder by Clare in the last move of the first half gifted a second try to Wellens and effectively killed off the contest, with Luke Walsh kicking his third conversion to open up an 18-point interval lead.

The Tigers began the second half with Marc Sneyd on the wing after Dixon failed to reappear and they quickly fell further behind.

Man of the match Wellens was turned on his back as he tried to complete a hat-trick and back-rower Willie Manu also failed to ground the ball over the line but the incessant pressure told when centre Mark Percival regathered the ball from his own kick after it bounced back off Clark.

Walsh then touched down after hacking forward a loose ball and a storming break from Flanagan set up Percival for his second try and, at 36-4, the visitors began to look a dispirited lot - but they rallied in the last 10 minutes to make the scoreline respectable.

Substitute Jamie Ellis broke clear to create a try for Sneyd, who then supplied the final pass for Dorn to touch down.

Sneyd converted both tries but Saints had the final say when Walsh kicked a last-minute penalty.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 77m
    try

    Luke Dorn

    Castleford

  • 77m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 74m
    try

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 74m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Castleford

  • 66m
    try

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 65m
    try

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 56m
    interchange_off

    Greg Richards

    St Helens

  • 56m
    interchange_on

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 46m
    try

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 46m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 40m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 40m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 36m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 36m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Ellis

    Castleford

  • 29m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 29m
    try

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Nathan Massey

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Andy Lynch

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Lee Jewitt

    Castleford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 24m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 24m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Greg Richards

    St Helens

  • 21m
    try

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Willie Manu

    St Helens

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Mariano

    Castleford

  • 15m
    interchange_on

    Andre Savelio

    St Helens

  • 15m
    interchange_off

    Mose Masoe

    St Helens

  • 6m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens