Super League  Saturday 15th September 2012  Halliwell Jones Stadium  Att: 10,190

Squad

Atkins, C. Bridge, Briers, Carvell, Cooper, Grix, Higham, Hill, Hodgson, McCarthy, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Ratchford, Riley, Solomona, Waterhouse, Wood

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Perry, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Clough, Wheeler, Dixon, Gaskell, Makinson, J. Jones

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

GOAL SCORERS:

Brett Hodgson

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Francis Meli

James Roby

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Iosia Soliola

GOAL SCORERS:

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Tommy Makinson played a starring role as St Helens moved through to the Stobart Super League semi-finals.

Winger Makinson touched down for two tries, and the Saints pack also played a key role in demolishing Challenge Cup winners Warrington Wolves.

With an aggressive stint from Sia Soliola, back from injury, Saints mastered a Wolves six that sorely missed Ben Westwood and Ben Harrison.

The hosts were further weakened by the loss of Garreth Carvell and the St Helens forwards made the most of their opportunity.

Although the first quarter was packed with incident, both sides made too many handling errors to build any pressure.

Inevitably the opening try came from a mistake.

It arrived in the 22nd minute when St Helens prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook threw a forward pass and, in the next passage, Richie Myler sent Brett Hodgson dummying and stepping his way over the line.

Warrington should have extended their lead but hooker Michael Monaghan was stopped by a great tackle from Soliola.

Moments later, Monaghan charged down James Roby's clearance kick but knocked on with the line clear.

Saints levelled up in the 33rd minute when Jonny Lomax and Paul Wellens created the space for Soliola to push through a hole and touch down.

Soliola smashed his way through again four minutes before the interval when, following a Monaghan knock-on, he scooped up the ball before holding off England centre Ryan Atkins in his race downfield and slipping the ball for Makinson to do the rest.

Wolves tried to re-assert themselves after the break when Lee Briers targeted St Helens wing Francis Meli for some high-ball treatment.

However, despite forcing errors, the visiting defence held firm – a factor that was the game-clincher.

St Helens countered magnificently in the 51st minute, with a short ball from Jon Wilkin setting Lomax free; the young scrum-half kept his head to outfox full-back Hodgson and send Makinson in for his second try.

Man mountain Tony Puletua slipped a super offload for energetic hooker Roby to touch down by the posts and make sure in the 64th minute.

He was followed over the whitewash by Meli, who touched down in the corner from a Wellens pass three minutes later.

Makinson ended the night with four goals to add to his two-try tally after a magnificent showing from Saints.

Match Action

  • 67m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 67m
    try

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 64m
    try

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 64m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 62m
    interchange_on

    Andrew Dixon

    St Helens

  • 62m
    interchange_off

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 51m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 36m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 36m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 33m
    try

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 33m
    goal

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Tyrone McCarthy

    Warrington

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Mike Cooper

    Warrington

  • 22m
    goal

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 22m
    try

    Brett Hodgson

    Warrington

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Michael Monaghan

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Mickey Higham

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wood

    Warrington

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Josh Perry

    St Helens

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Garreth Carvell

    Warrington

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Adrian Morley

    Warrington