12 Apr 2019

Saints top the table

Warrington coach Steve Price said: "We got dominated in a lot of areas. Credit goes to St Helens, who ran harder and tackled hard and wanted it more.

“I thought we did well to get back in the game but that was not the Warrington Wolves ethos tonight and we’ll address that and fix it up next week. We’ll get some good stuff out of tonight. I know we’ve got so many more levels to come."

Saints coach Justin Holbrook said: "I thought that was as good as we’ve played and we had to be. We knew how good an opposition we were facing.

“We were well aware of how big a game it was tonight so it’s really pleasing."

St Helens regained top spot in the Betfred Super League table with a ruthless 38-12 destruction of nearest rivals Warrington Wolves.

The Wolves, on a high after five straight wins, led 6-2 early in the game but paid a heavy price for the sin-binning of prop forward Mike Cooper for a high tackle after 27 minutes.

St Helens, surprisingly beaten for the first time by Catalans Dragons last Saturday, took advantage of the extra man to score two converted tries in Cooper’s absence that turned an 8-6 lead into a virtually unassailable one of 20-6.

The visitors briefly rallied early in the second half but long-range tries from wingmen Regan Grace and Tom Makinson demonstrated Saints’ superiority, to the delight of most of the 17,078 crowd, a Super League record for this fixture.

Stand-off Jonny Lomax and forward Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook both scored tries on their return for Saints.