Saints beat Castleford 6-34 at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, to make it five successive wins!

Castleford piled on the pressure early on. Two knock ons from high kicks on from the Saints on our line gave the Tigers great field position, but some great last-ditch defending kept the hosts out, before we forced a knock on.

Despite the early pressure, it was the Red V that took the lead. A move down the right edge saw the ball moved through the hands, Jonny Lomax found Mark Percival, he found Tommy Makinson who broke down the right wing, he then return the ball to Percival who scored in the corner. Percival converted his own try, 0-6 Saints led.

A second Saints try soon followed. A move again down the right edge saw Percival find Makinson, who was able to burrow his way under a tackle to score from close range. Percival added the two from the right touchline, 0-12.

Saints soon added a third. After Welsby had been held up over the line, Saints went left and Sione Mata’utia threw a cut-out pass to Jon Bennison on the wing, and he cut inside before breezing through a gap and scored under the sticks. Percvial added the extras, for his 1000th point in a Saints shirt, 0-18 the visitors led.

Two minutes later, Saints had try number four. Welsby ran across the line, threw and dummy and broke a tackle, he found the supporting Joe Batchelor on his inside who strolled over underneath the sticks. Percival added the extras, 0-24 Saints led.

There was still time for a fifth Saints try before the break. A ball steal on Dan Norman earned a penalty, Saints ran it and Welsby threw a cut-out pass for Makinson to stroll over in the corner for his second try of the game. Percival added the extras again from the right touchline, 0-30.

Saints began the second 40 as they had ended the first. A flowing move down the right edge saw Percival set Makinson away down the wing, he found the supporting Lomax on his inside who dove over unopposed. Percival missed the kick, 0-34.

The Tigers grabbed their first points of the game in the 62nd minute. After a penalty for a high shot, and a six again, the Tigers opted to go left and former Saint, Jordan Turner crossed in the corner. Gareth Widdop missed the conversion, 4-34 Saints led.

Sam Royle was sent to the sin bin for holding down a Castleford attacker, as they looked for a quick play the ball. That meant Saints would be down to twelve men for the final ten minutes.

Match Summary

Castleford Tigers Team: Gareth Widdop, Elliot Wallis, Charbel Tasipale, Jordan Turner, Will Tate, Joe Westerman, Jacob Miller, Liam Watts, Liam Horne, George Griffin, Alex Mellor, Kenny Edwards, George Lawler.

Interchanges: Sam Hall, Jordan Johnstone, Alex Foster, Billy Tsikrikas.

18th Man: Brad Martin.

Tries: Jordan Turner (62)

Conversions: Gareth Widdop (0 from 1)

Saints Team: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Ben Davies, Jon Bennison, Jonny Lomax, Lewis Dodd, Morgan Knowles, James Roby, George Delaney, Joe Batchelor, Sione Mata’utia, James Bell.

Interchanges: Sam Royle, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Dan Norman, Moses Mbye.

18th Man: Lewis Baxter.

Tries: Mark Percival (11), Tommy Makinson (18, 38), Jon Bennison (25), Joe Batchelor (27), Jonny Lomax (45)

Conversions: Mark Percival (5 from 6)

Sin Bin: Sam Royle (70)

HT: 0-30

FT: 4-34

Attendance: 6,868

Saints Line up

1 Jack Welsby
2 Tommy Makinson
4 Mark Percival
21 Ben Davies
5 Jonathan Bennison
6 Jonny Lomax
7 Lewis Dodd
20 George Delaney
James Roby
13 Morgan Knowles
11 Sione Mata’utia
12 Joe Batchelor
15 James Bell
15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
20 Dan Norman
22 Sam Royle
14 Moses Mbye

Castleford Tigers Line up

6Gareth Widdop
26Elliot Wallis
44Charbel Tasipale
3Jordan Turner
39Will Tate
13Joe Westerman
7Jacob Miller
32Liam Watts
45Liam Horne
10George Griffin
12Alex Mellor
11Kenny Edwards
8George Lawler
23Suaia Matagi
41Jordan Johnstone
42Alex Foster
43Billy Tsikrikas

Last updated 25 Aug 23 21:39:07


😤 A red-hot first half for the Saints gets us the win at The Jungle!

Five Super League wins in a row!

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Small chip on our right edge trying to find Percival is no good.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Saints push Tigers back on their own line, but lose the ball late in the tackle count easing the pressure.

🐅 4-34 😇

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High shot by Cas, we get a penalty.

🐅 4-34 😇

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🔄 Norman back on, LMS off.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Cas think they’re in with Wallis off a big pass from Westerman, but it is forward.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Yellow Card
Sam Royle for Saints

Sam Royle is sent to the bin for holding a Cas man down in the tackle.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Tigers again on their left, this time a chipped kick is knocked out by Makinson. Another GLDO.

🐅 4-34 😇

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🔄 Batchelor off, Knowles comes back on.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Tigers with a set by our line come close but the Red V hold them out. On the last a small kick to the left corner is cleared by Makinson for a GLDO.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Tigers desperately throwing the ball about now, they get a penalty for a late hit and will challenge us again inside the 20.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Jordan Turner for Castleford Tigers

Tigers finally get on the board. Off the penalty, they go to the left and Jordan Turner crashes in at the corner.

🐅 4-34 😇

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Castleford get a line break through the middle, Welbsy on the Tigers man takes him high. Pressure now on our line.

🔄 Norman off, Delaney back on.

🐅 0-34 😇

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Westerman goes for a chip and chase, but Bennison calmly catches it.

🐅 0-34 😇

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Off a kick Wallis goes central and Mbye stops the winger by the sticks, great hit.

🐅 0-34 😇

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Tigers again attack, this time on their left edge with a chipped kick back in but our men collect it calmly.

🔄 Royle on, Mata’utia off.

🐅 0-34 😇

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Tigers for the first time this 40 move into our half, but with Saints putting the pressure on with line speed they knock on.

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Bennison on the wing finds some space, but Wallis with a great tackle takes our #5 into touch.

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46′: Percival with his first miss of the evening.

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Jonny Lomax for Saints

🍾 Champagne rugby league by the Red V! Welsby on the move fires out to Percival who finds Makinson on the wing, Tommy throws a pass back in to Lomax for a score!

🐅 0-34 😇

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Fantastic defence from Saints, a high kick is juggled by Widdop and Batchelor closes him down. We keep the hosts inside their own 20 for the set too!

🐅 0-30 😇

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▶ Back to it at The Jungle

😅 Right, we all caught up?

We’re delighted so many Saints fans are visiting our website – just didn’t think you’d crash it!

Big second half incoming…


⏸ A dominant first half by the Red V at The Jungle.

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Mark Percival for Saints

Another great kick from the wing by Percival! 👌

Tommy Makinson for Saints


Saints get a penalty for a ball strip, we shape up and Welsby with a beauty of a pass to Makinson for a finish on the right edge!

Mark Percival for Saints

Points #1002 for the Saints by Percy! 🦵

Joe Batchelor for Saints

WAKA WAKAAA! TRYYY! Saints go back-to-back!

Welsby with a half-break feeds Joe who goes over for our latest!

Mark Percival. 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ points for St.Helens.

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Mark Percival for Saints

Mark Percival makes no mistake with the boot, adding the kick and those points bring him up to an astonishing #1000 in the Red V!

Jonathan Bennison for Saints


The winger spotted a gap on the inside and boy did he make the most of it, evading Cas players and going under the sticks!

Mark Percival for Saints

Mark Percival from the sidelines! 🦵✌

Tommy Makinson for Saints

TOMMY TRY TIME! Saints make the most of a six-again, working it to the right and Makinson burrows over into the corner for a score!

Mark Percival for Saints

Percy adds the two! ✌

Mark Percival for Saints

TRYYY! PERCY! The centre with a superb carry in the build-up to it, Makinson though on the wing makes a break and feeds his best mate Mark!

Okay… half time. Let’s try get you caught up…

It’s now 0-30 with three minutes to go. Bear with us, some tech hiccups still!

Percival (11)
Makinson (18, 38)
Bennison (25)
Batchelor (27)

Percival 5/5 with the boot.

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Quickly we’ll get you up to speed – we’re 0-24 up, we’ll post the updates from the game in a few minutes to get you recapped.


Saints start defending well, a rogue pass is leapt on by Knowles and we put the Tigers under pressure early.

🐅 0-0 😇

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Kick Off

▶ KICK-OFF! We are underway at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, it’s the Tigers versus the Saints!

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🔥 Ready for a Jungle showdown

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Head Coach Paul Wellens has issued his gameday update, crediting the side who played last week and leading him to choose an unchanged 17!

🛬 Your Saints line-up for the clash against Castleford Tigers has landed!

An unchanged seventeen from our win over Hull KR has been named by Paul Wellens ✊

📍 The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford

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