Saints regain 4-point lead at top
Hull KR 26-42 St Helens
Kevin Naiqama and Tommy Makinson scored hat-tricks as Betfred Super League leaders St Helens shrugged off a poor start to beat Hull KR 42-26.
Naiqama, who bagged four against Rovers’ city rivals Hull FC on Easter Monday, touched down after 17, 37 and 63 minutes.
England international Makinson’s treble came after tries in the 30th, 51st and 67th minutes as Saints took their recent points tally to 228 in five games and 154 in three.
But Justin Holbrook’s side made hard work of regaining a four-point lead over Warrington Wolves at the top of the table.
They trailed 12-0 early on and were only 28-26 in front before Naiqama completed his latest hat-trick.
Winger Regan Grace added Saints’ eighth try in the last minute, with Jonny Lomax also on the scoresheet, while full-back Lachlan Coote finished with five goals.