WATCH: Saints Women’s first half display blow Tigers away

A blistering first half display from Saints Women defeated the Bulls on their home turf to keep up the pressure on the Castleford Tigers at the top of the Women’s Super League table.

Six tries from the Saints ended the game as a contest despite the Bulls winning the second period in terms of tries.

Three scores in the opening 15 minutes put the home side on the back foot from the off and they never recovered. Emily Rudge scored the Saints first quickly followed by Becca Rotherham and when Channy Crowl’s try was converted by Faye Gaskin the Saints were in charge.

Rhianna Burke added the fourth before Gaskin scored one of her own leaving Tara Joes to score the Saints sixth of the half.

Gaskin converted a further two to leave the Saints in complete control at the break.

Unfortunately, the second half contained too many errors gifting the home side opportunities which they were only too happy to take with three converted tries of their own.

Rhianna Burke’s second of the afternoon soothed some of the Saints nerves ensuring the win.

The Saints continue their trips over the Pennines with a visit to Featherstone next weekend.

St Helens Women’s Team: Rebecca Rotherham; Ebony Partington, Rebecca Avenell Jodie Cunningham, Rhianna Burke, Rebecca Avenell; Beth Stott, Faye Gaskin; Sarah Lovejoy, Tara Jones (C), Claire Mullaney, Emily Rudge, Darcy Stott, Channy Crowl.

Interchanges: Pip Birchall, Danni Bush, Dawn Taylor, Katie-May Williams.

Tries: Emily Rudge, Rebecca Rotherham, Channy Crowl, Rhianna Burke 2, Faye Gaskin, Tara Jones.

Goals: Faye Gaskin 3 from 7.

Bradford Bulls Women’s Team: Leah Jones; Bailey Alexander, Savannah Andrade, Sarah Dunn, Haylie Nields; Chloe Wainwright-Morley, Millie Taylor; Olivia Wood, Grace Ramsden, Paige Costello, Amy Hardcastle, Jess Harrap, Manina Spurr.

Interchanges: Lauren Hickey, Debbie Smith, Evie Kilburn, Adara Telemarque.

Tries: Amy Hardcastle, Sarah Dunn, Olivia Wood.

Goals: Leah Jones 3 from 3.

HT: 30-0

FT: 34-18