Huge blow for St Helens in World Club Challenge

For the most part, the first half of the World Club Challenge has been perfect for St Helens as they chase a shock win.

That said St Helens wasted the first opportunity of the game. After a Penrith error invited pressure, the Saints had three repeat sets but two poor grubber kicks squandered the first attack.

Then immediately, Taylan May made a break down the left for Penrith and eventually a Stephen Crichton kick caused chaos for the Saints until Will Hopoate dealt with it.

As the rain picked up, a quick play the ball from Alex Walmsley had Penrith stretched and a lovely ball from Jonny Lomax allowed Curtis Sironen to tear through and he found Jack Welsby in support to score.

After scoring the opener, Welsby, helped by the returning Morgan Knowles, produced a stunning try saver on Nathan Cleary to stop him short turn him on his back and force the ball loose.

As the rain intensified and the lighting started to flash around the pitch, Konrad Hurrell hit the ball short down the blind side like a crack of thunder to tear through the Penrith defence short range to score.

They lead 10-0 but have now suffered a huge blow. Tommy Makinson was forced off with a HIA test after he copped a massive hit and now it has been confirmed that he will not return to the side having failed the head injury assessment.

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