Saints go 14 points clear at the top with Wire win

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St Helens have gone 14 points clear at the top of the Super League after a 30-12 win against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday night.

It was Warrington who drew first blood after just two minutes as Jake Mamo got over. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion, but it was still a lead for Wire.

But by the ten minute mark, Saints got back in it as Kevin Naiqama went over. Danny Richardson converted to put Saints into lead.

It was a close first half and Warrington took the lead again just ten minutes later as youngster Josh Thewlis got over for his first senior try. Ratchford was once again off target, but they still led by two points.

The Wolves couldn’t take this lead into half time as almost straight away, Jonny Lomax got through a gap and over the line. Richardson converted again to put Saints ahead by four.

The last word of the half would go to Warrington as Ratchford claimed his first goal of the game as he put a penalty between the posts to reduce the deficit to two points at the break.

Saints moved quickly to extend their lead after the break as Joseph Paulo scored his first try for the club just four minutes in. Richardson converted once more to put Saints ahead by eight points.

Ratchford then reduced the gap to six points just before the hour mark to bring the Wolves back to within six points.

But any hope of a Warrington comeback was soon extinguished as Matty Costello got over just six minutes later. Richardson converted to make it a two try advantage.

Just four minutes later, Saints saved the best until last as Tommy Makinson pulled off a brilliant trademark finish in the corner. Richardson finished another game with a perfect kicking record as Saints claimed a third straight victory against the Wolves.

Both teams had players missing, so whether this result will have any bearing on the Challenge Cup Final at the end of the month, remains to be seen.

Saints are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Leeds Rhinos, whereas Warrington head to rivals Wigan Warriors on Friday.

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