After losing their unbeaten start to the season in the dreadful conditions in the South of France only 8 days ago, the Saints return to the totally wicked stadium this weekend to take on their closest rivals to date Warrington Wolves.
With both teams having only dropped points once this season and both to the Catalan Dragons, Warrington had for a short spell held top spot in the Super League due to points difference, however that was rectified on Friday evening with a stand out performance from the men in the red vee.
From the kick off they controlled the game, eventually opening the scoring through a Lachlan Coote penalty, only for the Wolves to hit back shortly after with the first try of the game through stand off Austin Blake, Stephen Ratchford converted, and the Wolves led 2-6.
The Saints regarded their two point advantage through Mark Percival crossing and Coote’s conversion before a yellow card to Warrington’s mike cooper for a high tackle just before the 30th minute completely changed the game in Saints favour.
Returning Loose forward Louie McCarthy Scarsbrick bust over next to the uprights with his first touch of the ball after coming off the bench, before Jonny Lomax found an inch of space on the Wolves line to score. Coote again faultless with the boot adding both conversions and another penalty to make it 20-6 at the break.
From the second half restart Warrington hit back with a Daryl Clark try, but that was as close as they got as Saints turned on the style with three more tries from Matty Lee’s, Tommy Makinson and a 70-metre special from Welsh Wizard Regan Grace (pictured).
Speaking after the game St Helens head coach Justin Holbrook praised his said as he spoke to BBC Radio 5 sports saying;
“I'm extremely pleased. The way we played the 80 minutes was outstanding. It's a good win. We know how dangerous Warrington are. It's a long season but that's an important win.”
While Warrington coach Steve Price less than pleased over his sides performance as he also spoke to BBC Radio 5
“We clearly got dominated in all aspects of the game. We just didn't hit those marks tonight. 20 minutes after half-time, we were getting back into the groove and we got back within eight, but then they scored the kick-try under the posts.
“Full credit to St Helens – they wanted it more than us and they played accordingly. We've got a big Easter period and we'll get ready for Salford on Friday.”
The result now see’s Saints re open their two point gap at the top of the table as they perpare to take on local rivals Wigan Warriors and Hull FC over the Easter period. While the Wolves may be sweating on the availability of Prop forward Mike Cooper and winger Tom Lineham who are both expected to face charges and possible suspension following incidents within the game. Any suspension would rule them out of their Good Friday clash with Salford and should that be increased to two or more matches they will also miss Easter Monday’s trip to Hull KR.