St Helens 31-6 Warrington Wolves

St Helens 31-6 Warrington Wolves


Matty Smith’s first St Helens game since the 2010 Grand Final inspired a thumping win over Warrington, who are now winless in six Super League games.

It took half an hour for the first points of the game to be scored, but tries from Zeb Taia, Jack Owens and Adam Swift gave Saints an 18-point lead at half time.

Kurt Gidley crossed over for Wolves after the break, but a strong second-half performance from the hosts ensured Warrington were unable to find a way back into the game.

After attacking hard, Saints thought they had opened the scoring in the eighth minute. Smith dinked a kick for Owens who jumped high. He couldn’t claim it cleanly but picked it up again and dotted it down. Referee James Child adjudged it to have been a knock-on, though.

The first try of the evening came in the 30th minute. Matty Russell looked to have James Roby’s little dink covered but couldn’t pick up and Taia scored. Mark Percival converted, 6-0.

Four minutes later Saints had their second after a brilliant cross-field kick from Smith for Owens who scored. Percival added the extras, 12-0.

Swift went over for Saints’ third in the 37th minute. Percival made the break, drew Stefan Ratchford and then bulleted the pass to Swift who cut inside Matthew Russell and scored. Percival converted, 18-0.

Saints headed to the sheds at half time happy with their 18-point lead.

Whatever Tony Smith said at half time clearly resonated with his side, as Warrington got themselves on the scoreboard two minutes into the second half. Gidley went over and Ratchford converted, 18-6.

Warrington’s Rhys Evans was penalised in the 46th minute for holding down a player. Saints opted for the two points, but Percival pushed it wide.

Saints were awarded another penalty well within kicking range five minutes later after Warrington were pinged for slowing them down. Percival stepped up and was back on track, 20-6.

Swift went over for his second try for Saints in the 63rd minute. Jon Wilkin kicked on the fourth for Swift to chase. He claimed it but still had a lot to do, as he spun out of the tackles of Ratchford and Russell to score. Percival missed the conversion, 24-6.

Smith piled more misery on Warrington when he slotted a one pointer with six minutes remaining.

Alex Walmsley hit the line at pace and dived over for another Saints try in the 78th minute. Percival slotted the conversion, 31-6.

The game finished St Helens 31 Warrington Wolves 6. Warrington have now lost all six of their games and are rooted to the bottom of the table.

Referee: James Child

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 12-0, 18-0, 18-6, 20-6, 24-6, 25-6, 31-6.

Written by Adam Gray.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tommy MakinsonFull Back000000
3Ryan MorganCentre000000
4Mark PercivalCentre050000
5Adam SwiftWing200000
6Theo FagesStand Off000000
7Matty SmithScrum Half001001
8Alex Walmsley 10Prop100000
12Jon WilkinLoose Forward000000
13Louie McCarthy-ScarsbrookSecond Row000000
14Luke Douglas 18Prop000000
17Tommy Lee 9Hooker000000
21Jack OwensWing100000
36Zeb Taia 15Second Row100000
9James Roby 17Interchange000000
10Kyle Amor 8Interchange000000
15Adam Walker 36Interchange000000
18Dominique Peyroux 14Interchange000000
 Total 551001

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Stefan RatchfordFull Back000000
3Rhys EvansCentre000000
5Matty RussellWing000000
6Kevin BrownStand Off000000
7Kurt GidleyScrum Half110000
8Chris Hill 10Prop000000
9Daryl Clark 15Hooker000000
12Jack Hughes 17Second Row000000
13Joe WestermanLoose Forward000000
14Mike Cooper 28Prop000000
20Toby KingCentre000000
26Jack JohnsonFull Back000000
34Ben WestwoodSecond Row000000
10Ashton Sims 8Interchange000000
15Brad Dwyer 9Interchange000000
17Dom Crosby 12Interchange000000
28Harvey Livett 14Interchange000000
 Total 110000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
March 24, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens181331
Warrington Wolves066