Super League  Sunday 23rd July 2017  The Beaumont Legal Stadium  Att:

Squad

Hadley, Hasson, Walker, Grix, B. Tupou, Lyne, Jones-Bishop, Finn, Wood, Ashurst, Kirmond, Williams, Arona, Huby, Arundel, Fifita, Hirst, Caton-Brown, Annakin

Squad

Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Thompson, Lee, Peyroux, Knowles, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Taia

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mason Caton-Brown

Scott Grix

Matty Ashurst

GOAL SCORERS:

Liam Finn

Liam Finn

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Zeb Taia

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

Regan Grace

Tommy Makinson

James Roby

Danny Richardson

GOAL SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

Mark Percival

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Richardson

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Salford Red Devils were the big winners on the final day of the regular Betfred Super League season after Wakefield Trinity went down 41-16 at home to St Helens to drop out of the top four.

Trinity had the chance to enter the Super 8s by securing third place but they were outplayed by an impressive Saints outfit who kept alive their own semi-final bid with a fifth successive win at Belle Vue.

The outcome means Salford end the 23-game season in fourth place, despite losing six of their last seven matches, and claim an extra home game in the Super 8s.

Saints were lively from the start and half-back Danny Richardson jinked his way over for a try to open the scoring on eight minutes, before Mark Percival kicked the first of his eight goals from as many attempts.

Wakefield drew level four minutes later when former Saints second-rower Matty Ashurst crossed and Liam Finn added the goal.

The rest of the half belonged to the visitors and further tries from hooker James Roby and wingers Tommy Makinson and Regan Grace gave them a healthy lead at the break.

Full-back Scott Grix touched down for the Yorkshire side to pull a try back within three minutes of the restart and, after Finn's second conversion cut the gap to 12 points, winger Mason Caton-Brown went over to further reduce the deficit.

However, Saints finished the game strongly, with Percival kicking two penalties and forwards Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Zeb Ta'a scoring tries before Richardson wrapped up the scoring with a last-minute drop goal.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said. "Everyone was asking after the Leeds game if the season was over but I knew it wasn't.

"We're showing we're right in the mix, which is exciting. We're heading in the right direction for sure.

"I would have liked to carry on but unfortunately we're not in the Challenge Cup semis so we'll have a week off. We've clawed our way back and we can't afford to relax."

Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: "We didn't get off to great start. They came out of the blocks a lot quicker and got some momentum.

"We couldn't contain their pack and we got taught a few lessons from a red-hot team.

"It hurts that we've thrown away third spot and thrown away fourth spot but I'm also proud of this group of players because we've achieved what people thought we couldn't, the top six. We've shown some progression this year and, when we look back, a couple of games have hurt us."

Match Action

  • 80m
    dropgoal

    Danny Richardson

    St Helens

  • 75m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 75m
    try

    Zeb Taia

    St Helens

  • 70m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 70m
    try

    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 67m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 60m
    try

    Mason Caton-Brown

    Wakefield

  • 55m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 42m
    try

    Scott Grix

    Wakefield

  • 42m
    goal

    Liam Finn

    Wakefield

  • 30m
    try

    Regan Grace

    St Helens

  • 30m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 21m
    try

    Tommy Makinson

    St Helens

  • 21m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 17m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 17m
    try

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 11m
    goal

    Liam Finn

    Wakefield

  • 11m
    try

    Matty Ashurst

    Wakefield

  • 8m
    try

    Danny Richardson

    St Helens

  • 8m
    goal

    Mark Percival

    St Helens