Super League  Friday 15th August 2014  Langtree Park  Att: 11,000

Squad

Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Wheeler, Dawson, Richards, McDonnell.

Squad

D. Smith, Riley, Kirmond, Collis, Sykes, Lauitiiti, Raleigh, McShane, Gilmour, Sammut, Washbrook, Jowitt, Owen, Anderson, T. Smith, Tautai, Lyne, Molloy, Wildie.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Tom Makinson

Josh Jones

Shannon McDonnell

Sia Soliola

Shannon McDonnell

Josh Jones

Tom Makinson

GOAL SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Paul McShane

Richard Owen

Danny Washbrook

GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Full Report

Match Official: P Bentham

St Helens powered away from Wakefield Trininty Wildcats in the second half to stay top of First Utility Super League.

Saints' much-changed team dominated the opening 40 minutes only to have just a six-point cushion to show for it at the break at 12-6 in front, but they found their killer instinct after the interval and ran out winners by seven tries to three.

Tom Makinson, Josh Jones and Shannon McDonnell scored two tries each, while Mark Percival kicked six goals.

Nathan Brown shuffled his team again in the absence of his long-term casualties, with Paul Wellens moved up to scrum-half and replaced by debutant McDonnell at full-back.

Fielding four props from the start, with Jordan Turner providing some variety to the Saints attack, the home side opted for power.

Saints took an early lead when McDonnell's chip on the last tackle forced an error and from the subsequent free play Percival dabbed through for Makinson to touch down.

There was the worrying sight of England hooker James Roby leaving the field on 15 minutes, but he was able to return with his leg strapped at the start of the second half.

Saints enjoyed the lion's share of the ball, forcing a number of repeat sets with smart kicking from Turner, Gary Wheeler and Wellens.

However, it was not until the 27th minute that they managed to breach the visitors' line again, with quick hands from Wellens sending centre Jones cantering home.

Wakefield countered with a late flourish just before the break and were rewarded with a close-range score from Danny Washbrook, with Jarrod Sammut's goal cutting the deficit to six points.

Saints were quick out of the blocks in the second half and a super break from Percival, followed by a clever kick down the touchline, yielded a debut try for McDonnell.

Percival added the magnificent conversion, but the Wildcats hit back shortly afterwards.

Scrum-half Tim Smith was afforded all the time in the world to pick his spot on the right to loft the ball for Richard Owen to attack, out-jumping Matty Dawson to touch down.

However, Saints' big men were determined to stamp their authority on the game and one of those - Sia Soliola - forced his way through from close range.

And then a great break from Roby, backed up by Turner, ended up with McDonnell chasing up in support from full-back to bag his second of the night.

Jones added his second and, although Lee Gilmour grabbed a late consolation against his old club, Saints had the last word with Makinson completing his brace.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 73m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 73m
    try

    Paul McShane

    Wakefield

  • 68m
    try

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 68m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 61m
    try

    Shannon McDonnell

    St Helens

  • 61m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 55m
    try

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 55m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 50m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Wakefield

  • 41m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 41m
    try

    Shannon McDonnell

    St Helens

  • 40m
    try

    Danny Washbrook

    Wakefield

  • 40m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 30m
    try

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Andy Raleigh

    Wakefield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Taulima Tautai

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Ali Lauitiiti

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Lee Gilmour

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Scott Anderson

    Wakefield

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Jon Molloy

    Wakefield

  • 6m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 6m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens