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St Helens 28-2 Warrington Wolves: Highlights, player ratings & talking points

Unbeaten St Helens took on Warrington Wolves at the Totally Wicked Stadium this evening.

It was fairly even in the opening 20 minutes with the two sides trading penalties before St Helens stretched into a 12-2 lead at half-time courtesy of Tommy Makinson and Jack Welsby tries.

Makinson added another after the break as Wire were rocked by blows to Daryl Clark and Rob Mulhern whilst Saints also had to contend with knocks to Sione Mata’utia and Joe Batchelor.

Mark Percival was the next to cross the whitewash with Lewis Dodd’s conversion making it 22-2. But, thre was still enough time for Jonny Lomax to take advantage of a miscommunication in the Warrington ranks to stride under the sticks.

Highlights

How both St Helens and Warrington Wolves came together to show their respect for Tonga in their fundraising efforts at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Jonny Lomax’s kick through for Jack Welsby’s try was inch-perfect.

Alex Walmsley chasing back a Josh Thewlis kick through when the winger broke through was evidence of the effort running through this Saints side.

Talking points

1. Penalty-a-thon

There were seven penalties given for offside within the first half-hour of the fixture tonight. On reflection, the majority were correct so why did both teams fail to heed the warning given by referee Chris Kendall? Kendall even sent Warrington’s George Williams to the sinbin for repeated infringements.

2. St Helens’ defence incredible once more

Warrington were the better team in the opening exchanges but they just couldn’t breach an unbelievable St Helens defence. Kristian Woolf has really got his side firing in that department. They have only conceded five tries all season and only one of those has been conceded not from a kick.

3. Warrington just misfiring

For a great part of this game, Warrington more than matched Saints, but just couldn’t take advantage of good field position. George Williams and Gareth Widdop struggled to make any inroads and were shut down impressively all night.

Player ratings

1 Jack Welsby – 9
21 Josh Simm – 7
3 Will Hopoate – 7
4 Mark Percival – 9
2 Tommy Makinson – 9
6 Jonny Lomax – 8
7 Lewis Dodd – 9
8 Alex Walmsley – 9
9 James Roby – 8
10 Matty Lees – 7
11 Sione Mata’utia – 8
12 Joe Batchelor – 6
13 Morgan Knowles – 8
Substitutes
14 Joey Lussick – 8
15 LMS – 7
16 Curtis Sironen – 6
17 Agnatius Paasi – 6

Warrington Wolves

1 Stefan Ratchford – 8
22 Josh Thewlis – 6
3 Peter Mata’utia- 5
4 Toby King – 6
5 Matty Ashton – 7
6 Gareth Widdop – 6
7 George Williams – 6
15 Joe Bullock – 6
9 Daryl Clark – 6
10 Mike Cooper – 6
11 Ben Currie – 6
12 Oliver Holmes – 7
13 Jack Hughes – 6
Substitutes
8 Joe Philbin – 5
14 Jason Clark – 5
16 Danny Walker – 7
19 Robbie Mulhern – 5

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