Saints v Featherstone Rovers
Captain Tara Jones and Faye Gaskin both tallied braces in the victory that saw Mark Brennan’s team hit the 40-point mark for the third week in a row.
But they were made to work hard for it by a Featherstone side that were always in the hunt.
Naomi Williams opened the scoring for Saints – but two tries from Kayleigh Bulman rocked the hosts on their heels.
Saints stuck at it though and after Gaskin’s kick-off brought an error from the Rovers, Tara Jones went over from dummy half to make it 10-10 at half time.
She repeated the feat early in the second half, before Featherstone were reduced to 12 with influential standoff Andrea Dobson binned for persistent foul pay.
By the time she returned, Saints had scored twice through Gaskin and Channy Crowl to take a commanding 18-point lead.
Dobson reduced that deficit adding a try of her own but Saints weren’t going to be denied,
Gaskin went over in the corner – and hit the conversion – before good hands saw Roxy Mura scorch home from 40 metres.
After the game Brennan said he was happy with the win and especially the way his side fought back in that first half.
“We were a little sloppy at first but kept on working to go in at 10-10,” he said. “We regained our focus at half time and then played much better in the second half.
“We showed some nice things with the ball and muscled up well against a physical Featherstone pack.
“t was a good win in front of a good home support too. We are really appreciative of the fans coming out to see us.”
He continued: “We have a week off now and that will allow us to focus on our next game which will be a tough one away at Wigan.
“But we know if we keep on improving and working hard then we will give ourselves a good chance.”
Tries: N. Williams, Jones (2), Gaskin (2), Crowl, Mura
Goals: Gaskin (6 from 7)
Tries: Bulman (2) Dobson
Goals: Dobson (1 from 3)
Rotheram; Yeates, N Williams, K Williams, Burke; Marsh, Gaskin; Lovejoy, Jones, Whitfield, E Rudge, Mura, Crowl.
Subs: Taylor, Richardson, Ward, Harris.
Senior; Lloyd, Daniels, Hazel, Bulman; Dobson, Hepton; Churm, Grenham, Bell, Powell, Harrowell, Teece.
Subs: Key, Barford, Lowish, Mills.