Super League  Sunday 7th July 2013  Wish Communications Stadium  Att: 8,229

Squad

Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason, Boyle, Davies.

Squad

Wellens, Turner, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Greenwood, Walmsley, Thompson, O'Brien, Richards, Howarth.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rangi Chase

Justin Carney

Weller Hauraki

Jordan Tansey

Richard Owen

GOAL SCORERS:

Kirk Dixon

Kirk Dixon

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Alex Walmsley

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Jordan Turner

Luke Thompson

Jonny Lomax

Tom Makinson

GOAL SCORERS:

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Gareth O'Brien

Full Report

Match Official: G Stokes

Winger Tom Makinson's hat-trick of tries helped St Helens prick Castleford Tigers' bubble and quell talk of a crisis at Langtree Park.

Saints had been put on a warning by angry chairman Eamonn McManus after last week's home defeat by Hull KR left them in serious danger of missing out on the Super League play-offs for the first time.

Amid sweltering temperatures, the Tigers turned the heat up on their visitors by racing into a 10-0 lead after 18 minutes and the early loss of England hooker James Roby with an ankle injury looked to have compounded Saints’ misery.

But Nathan Brown's men hit back with Makinson's first try on 22 minutes and he added two more in the second half to clinch an 11th consecutive win over Castleford and condemn them to a first home defeat for three months.

The match was played in four quarters to allow the players more water breaks on the hottest day of the year.

Saints captain Paul Wellens began the game on the bench but was introduced after only 17 minutes when Roby went off and within a minute watched his side fall 10 points behind.

Winger Richard Owen had opened the scoring with a seventh-minute try, finishing off a break by forward Grant Millington, and full-back Jordan Tansey added a second shortly after the first water break.

Saints were unable to hold the ball long enough to complete their sets and it took a couple of opportunist tries to keep them in contention.

Scrum-half Gareth O'Brien, starting his second spell on loan from Warrington Wolves, kicked over the Castleford defence to get Makinson over for his first try.

But when makeshift stand-off Weller Hauraki touched down Chase's kick for Castleford's third try on 25 minutes and Kirk Dixon kicked his second goal, the home side were firmly in control at 16-6.

However, full-back Jonny Lomax shrugged off a couple of heavy tackles to go through defender Jordan Thompson two minutes before the break and Saints scored two more tries within 10 minutes of the restart.

Impressive forward replacement Alex Walmsley offloaded from the tackle to create the space for Wellens to get prop Luke Thompson crashing over and then Lomax got centre Jordan Turner skipping through the Castleford defence for a fourth try.

O'Brien maintained his accuracy with his fourth goal to put Saints into a somewhat flattering 24-16 lead.

Blockbusting winger Justin Carney, back from a third suspension of his debut season, gave the Tigers renewed hope on 54 minutes when he produced a trademark finish to register his 12th try in 14 Super League appearances.

But Dixon missed his second kick to leave the home side trailing by four points and Makinson wrapped up the victory by completing his hat-trick with two tries in six minutes.

First he swooped on Tansey's pass intended for Carney and sprinted 90 metres to touch down and then collected team-mate Turner's pass by his bootlaces to register his third.

Chase grabbed a fifth try for the Tigers five minutes but Walmsley crashed over for a richly-deserved score just before the end and O'Brien put the finishing touches to a precious win with his sixth goal from seven attempts.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 80m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 78m
    try

    Rangi Chase

    Castleford

  • 67m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 64m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 63m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 55m
    try

    Justin Carney

    Castleford

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Holmes

    Castleford

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Thompson

    Castleford

  • 50m
    try

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 50m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 47m
    try

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 47m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 40m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 40m
    try

    Jonny Lomax

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Ryan Boyle

    Castleford

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Keith Mason

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Jonathan Walker

    Castleford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Craig Huby

    Castleford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Paul Clough

    St Helens

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Greg Richards

    St Helens

  • 26m
    try

    Weller Hauraki

    Castleford

  • 26m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 23m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 23m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Joe Greenwood

    St Helens

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Luke Thompson

    St Helens

  • 19m
    goal

    Kirk Dixon

    Castleford

  • 19m
    try

    Jordan Tansey

    Castleford

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Adam Milner

    Castleford

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Daryl Clark

    Castleford

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 7m
    try

    Richard Owen

    Castleford