St Helens have continued their perfect start to the season after a 30-12 victory at Warrington Wolves.
Saints took the lead after just five minutes as Mark Percival managed to spin and power his way over to score. Danny Richardson scored the conversion to stretch the lead out to six points.
It was a tight first half and the Wolves were able to level the scores as Toby King managed to grab Tom Lineham’s pass to score. Stefan Ratchford was able to score the conversion to level.
However, the Saints edged back in front just before the break as Richardson managed to score a penalty after the Wolves were punished for hanging on for too long.
The first score of the second half would be crucial and the bounce of the ball literally fell St Helens’ way as the ball cannoned off Tyrone Roberts and Saints got the ball. From the resulting set, James Roby darted out of dummy half and scored. Richardson was successful with the conversion to extend the Saints lead out to eight points.
But Warrington hung on and got back to within two points again as good play saw the ball spread out to Harvey Livett out wide who scored on his return to the side. Ratchford was once again successful with the conversion to make it a game again.
The next try was crucial and it was the Saints who got it as Percival was brilliantly put through by Ben Barba for his second try of the game. Richardson was off target this time with the kick, but the Saints extended their lead to six points.
A brilliantly executed try saw Saints put the game to bed as Richardson chose to run it on the last play and he broke the line and kicked into the space for Percival to complete his hat trick. Richardson scored the conversion to extend their lead out to 12 points.
Richardson then got the try his performance deserved as he got onto the end of Percival’s kick to ground the ball. He converted to take his personal tally to 14 points that night.
It ultimately stayed like that, meaning Saints extend their unbeaten start to the season, and they aren’t showing any signs of letting up any time soon. They host the champions Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium next Friday.
As for Warrington, they are still waiting for their season to kickstart under new Head Coach Steve Price. They travel to Catalans Dragons next Saturday.