Super League  Friday 11th July 2014  Langtree Park  Att: 10,238

Squad

Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Flanagan, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Wheeler, Richards, Thompson.

Squad

Blythe, Pitts, Olbison, Purtell, Gale, Williams, Donaldson, O'Brien, Mellor, Henry, Conroy, Arundel, Kearney, Foster, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Manuokafoa, Fakir.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Paul Wellens

Tom Makinson

Lance Hohaia

Adam Swift

Mark Percival

Mose Masoe

Paul Wellens

James Roby

GOAL SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Adrian Purtell

Joe Arundel

Luke Gale

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

St Helens ran in eight tries to retain top spot in First Utility Super League with a comfortable 46-22 win over struggling Bradford Bulls at Langtree Park.

Saints scored 40 of their points inside the first 50 minutes as they swept the Bulls aside with tries from James Roby, Paul Wellens, Mose Masoe, seven-goal Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Lance Hohaia and Tommy Makinson.

They then eased up and James Lowes' Bradford restored some pride with Luke Gale, Joe Arundel, Adrian Purtell and Jamie Foster touchdowns but Wellens had the final say in the last minute.

The first half was scrappy but Saints were still far too strong for the Bulls who, 11 points adrift of safety with just seven games remaining, are all but condemned to the drop.

Bradford felt they were harshly penalised by referee Robert Hicks - who had earlier halted play to change a faulty whistle - in the ninth minute but Saints took full advantage as Mark Flanagan sent Roby over.

The Bulls did respond but Adrian Purtell failed to gather a high ball and a chance was missed.

When the evergreen Wellens hit an Adam Swift pass at speed to burst through a gap and race through to score from 60 metres after 16 minutes, the game already seemed beyond Bradford.

Masoe barged through several attempted tackles to add a third by the posts before Percival outsprinted the defence to score out wide after more good work by Wellens.

Saints punished more sloppy work on the stroke of half-time after Matty Blyth lost possession, as quick hands from Jon Wilkin, Wellens and Anthony Laffranchi set up Swift.

Percival's missed conversion from the touchline was his only wayward attempt of the match.

Bradford could not stem the tide and within three minutes of the restart Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook charged through a hole and laid off for Hohaia to finish.

The agony continued for the visitors as Saints swept the ball along the line for Makinson to dive over in familiar fashion on the right.

With the game all but won, Saints eased off and were caught out by four quickfire Bradford tries.

Gale pounced on a bouncing ball to touch down just before the hour and moments later the Bulls scrum-half launched a high kick which Swift was unable to reach. Arundel nipped in to score in the corner.

Encouraged, the Bulls played a bit more expansively and pieced together a nice try for Purtell.

Former Saints player Jamie Foster converted all three tries and with just over seven minutes remaining, found space to touch down himself on the left.

It was too little too late for the visitors, but they had at least brought some respectability to the scoreline.

The tries conceded may concern Saints coach Nathan Brown but Wellens, still performing brilliantly at the age of 34, wrapped up the tryscoring in the dying seconds with a poacher's finish.

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 80m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 73m
    try

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 64m
    try

    Adrian Purtell

    Bradford

  • 64m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 62m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 62m
    try

    Joe Arundel

    Bradford

  • 57m
    try

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 57m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 49m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 49m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 43m
    try

    Lance Hohaia

    St Helens

  • 43m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 40m
    try

    Adam Swift

    St Helens

  • 37m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 37m
    try

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 30m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 30m
    try

    Mose Masoe

    St Helens

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Mose Masoe

    St Helens

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Matty Blythe

    Bradford

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Willie Manu

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Amor

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 17m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 17m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 9m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 9m
    try

    James Roby

    St Helens