St Helens are 80 minutes away from Old Trafford once again after defeating Warrington Wolves 16-8 with a trip to Perpignan to face Catalans Dragons the only thing standing in their way.
The Red Vee edged past Warrington with tries from Lewis Dodd and Tommy Makinson either side of a Connor Wrench score in a wet and wild game at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
For a period early in the second half it had looked like the game could get away from Saints with Wrench’s try dragging the score back to 8-6, only for Alex Walmsley to be sent to the sin bin.
During that ten minute spell in which Saints were a man down Warrington were firmly on top and knocked over a penalty to level the scores at 8-8, but the script flipped when Warrington saw their own man sent to the sin bin.
Those ten minutes saw the Red Vee cross over through Tommy Makinson whilst a Percival penalty pushed the lead beyond a converted try and out of Warrington’s reach at 16-8.
Saints now march on to Perpignan and possibly Old Trafford with form of ten wins in the row and social media reacted in style to the win.
Some fans questioned the two St Helens tries: “04-08 if you take of saints 2 forward pass tries.”
Others suggested that they’ll be without one of their star players next week.
“Defo ban coming for Walmsley. Minimum 2 game ban for me. Dirty should of been red. He was lucky to get yellow. Catalan will beat them next week”
Others bemoaned the yellow cards, jokingly referencing the current lawsuit against the RFL: “Cheers Nick Fozzard.”
Penalties were a hot topic, another fan questioning what they were even for.
“What are some of these penalties for? Absolutely ridiculous. Supposed to be a collision/contact sport. For both teams, Thaler is ruining this.”
As for Warrington the responses were expected.
“Next year is our year.”