Wakefield Trinity v Saints
Saints returned to winning ways thanks to a 36-16 win over Wakefield.
Tommy Makinson tallied a brace whilst Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Luke Douglas and Regan Grace all scored as Saints went 10 points clear at the top of the Betfred Super League table.
After a tight and tense opening quarter, Saints hit Trinity with three tries in eight minutes and never looked back.
There were some nervy moments but defensively Justin Holbrook’s team were back in a groove.
It took some time but after testing the defence early they broke the deadlock in the 26th minute.
Danny Richardson had been held up over the line to fire a warning – and six minutes later Jack Ashworth made two monster runs down the centre of the field to allow Ben Barba the space to find Tommy Makinson with a wonder pass in the corner.
It was one of the winger’s archetypal special finishes – and looked even better on the replay as the video referee gave it the nod.
Richardson slotted the conversion from the touchline and he was tagging on another five minutes later after Ashworth linked with James Roby to send Lomax carving his way to the left of the posts.
Makinson then collected Richardson’s high kick to make it 16-0.
Saints were good for the lead but early in the second half it was game on.
Kyle Wood pegged them back as Bill Tupou got the better of the defence – and then Wakefield forced Saints to drop out following a 70 metre break from the restart.
But with the hosts getting on top Craig Huby hit Kyle Amor high and was set to the bin for 10 minutes.
A man up, Saints should have turned the screw but instead they troubled to break Wakefield’s line.
And at the other end Pauli Pauli brought his side right back into it with a charge over from close range.
Saints hit back when Theo Fages crossed, thanks to good hands which saw the ball come left at speed, before Tupou went over.
But Saints restored their 10 point advantage when Luke Douglas somehow collected Richardson’s chip on the last.
They then put the game to bed with a piece of opportunistic brilliance from Regan Grace.
In all honesty Richardson’s kick on the last wasn’t the best but the winger collected in it broken play and then showed some scintillating footwork to beat the Wakefield rearguard.
With the job done it was left to Richardson to slot over a penalty with the hooter gone to complete the performance.
Tries: Wood, Pauli, Tupou
Goals: Hampshire (2 from 3)
Tries: Makinson (2), Lomax, Fages, Douglas, Grace
Goals: Richardson (6 from 7)
REF: Liam Moore
21. Max Jowitt; 5. Ben Jones-Bishop, 4. Reece Lyne, 3. Bill Tupou, 2. Tom Johnstone; 6. Jacob Miller, 25. Ryan Hampshire; 8. David Fifita, 13. Tyler Randell, 10. Anthony England, 11. Matty Ashurst, 19. James Batchelor, 14. Justin Horo.
Subs: 9. Kyle Wood, 15. Pauli Pauli, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Craig Huby.
23. Ben Barba; 2. Tommy Makinson, 30. Matty Costello, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 11. Zeb Taia, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth.
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Danny makes it 36-16
Louie down the middle wins Saints a penalty and with a minute remaining, Danny will opt for the 2.
Richardson makes it 34-16.
Special from Reegs! High kick from Richardson takes massive bounce back – Grace collects and shows great pace to dance through the defence. That’s a great finish!
Wakefield regain a short kick off – but then Tupou puts it in touch.
Danny makes it 28-16
Chip on the last from Richardson… and it looks like Dougie is over! Off upstairs.
Great take under the high ball from Tommy Makinson – Saints then win a penalty.
Hampshire wide with the conversion – Saints are 22-16 ahead.
Tupou over in the corner
Richardson makes it 22-12
Big score at an important time! Good hands sees Theo cross
Hampshire makes it a four-point game.
It’s game on as Pauli Pauli brings Wakefield right back into it.
Chance for Saints as Lomax dances through – but his pass is forward.
Apologies, it was Kyle Wood with Wakefield’s try. Saints led 16-6
Huby sent to the bin for that high shot.
Amor hit high – Saints have a penalty.
Wakefield put the ball down after looking lively once again – big let off for Saints who are under the cosh.
Saints have to drop out.
Wakefield go a good 70 metres from the restart – massive tackle from Tommy Makinson stops a certain try.
Hampshire pegs back Saints advantage – visitors lead 16-6.
Kyle Wood takes advantage of Tupou’s break on the left hand side.
Wakefield will get the second half underway – Saints lead 16-0.
But they can’t find touch and Trinity have their tails up.
Saints penalty in their own 20
Danny can’t tag the extras but Saints lead 16-0.
And Saints are in again – Richardson’s kick and Tommy does it again!
Makes it 12-0.
Ashworth finds Roby who slots in Lomax to go to the left the sticks. A great one!
Off the touchline for 6-0.
That’s some finish that – and what a pass from Barba!
Lovely pass from Barba after Jack Ashworth tears it up in the middle – has Tommy Mak scored?
Huby with a kick on the last but Barba sees it go dead.
Kick from Richardson on the last, but Saints knock it forward. Remains 0-0 here.
Barba almost squeezes a pass through to Percival but Wakefield snaffle it up.
Richardson held up from Knowles’ short pass.
Penalty to Saints and a chance to put some pressure on Wakefield’s line.
Saints win a penalty and will attack from half way.
Strong D from Saints once again stops Wakefield right on their line.
Saints penalised for interference
Barba with a kick on the last – ball takes a tough bounce, Saints wrap up the tackle and win a drop out.
Wakefield with a chance on the left hand side but Saints do enough to force an error.
High ball from Richardson – but LMS gets there before the ball and is penalised.
High ball from Richardson – LMS wraps up the tackle.
Important defence from Saints keeps Trinity at bay.
Great take from Regan Grace under pressure. Saints coming off their line … they then lose it.
Saints get the game underway!