Super League  Saturday 3rd August 2013  Stade Gilbert Brutus  Att: 8,582

Squad

Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Henderson, Menzies, Mounis, Barthau, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Simon, Fakir, Paea, Duport, Vaccari, Escare, Whitehead, Garcia.

Squad

Wellens, Turner, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Clough, Jones, Makinson, Walmsley, Swift, Walker, Howarth, O'Brien, Richards.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Morgan Escare

GOAL SCORERS:

Thomas Bosc

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Paul Wellens

Paul Wellens

Tom Makinson

Tom Makinson

Francis Meli

GOAL SCORERS:

Jordan Turner

Jordan Turner

Gareth O'Brien

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Tommy Makinson and Paul Wellens bagged a brace of tries as St Helens continued their fine recent form with a comfortable 26-6 victory over Catalan Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Francis Meli and Makinson put Saints in the ascendancy and, while centre Morgan Escare helped Catalan back into the match midway through the first half, his converted try was to prove a mere consolation.

Makinson crossed again just after half-time, while Wellens - on his 400th Super League appearance for St Helens - made the game safe with two tries as the Lancashire club followed up their impressive wins over Castleford Tigers and local rivals Wigan Warriors with another two points tonight.

Saints' third triumph in a row moves them above Catalan and up to fifth in the standings.

A visit to Perpignan is never an enticing prospect for any team, but this Saints side have looked rejuvenated in recent weeks after responding positively to a public rebuke from chairman Eamonn McManus last month.

Former Saints half-back Leon Pryce was denied by some stout defending from the visitors, who took a 15th-minute lead when Meli crossed after some patient build-up play, while Makinson touched down in the corner following a sharp pass from Jonny Lomax.

That put the visitors 10-0 ahead, although they were dealt a blow when half-back Gareth O'Brien, who had added the extras to Meli's try, was stretchered off after being taken out by Zeb Taia in an off-the-ball collision, with the New Zealander put on report.

The deficit was narrowed to four points after Escare's try was converted by Thomas Bosc, which acted as a catalyst for Catalan to lay siege on the Saints' half.

Brown's men were resolute in their defending, though, and kept their line in tact before reasserting themselves after the interval, with Makinson superbly grounding following Jon Wilkin's up and under.

Catalan's frustrations boiled over as they were reduced to 12 men when Antoni Maria was sin binned for a rash challenge on Adam Swift, with St Helens making their man advantage count when Wellens touched down from Anthony Howarth's pass to mark his landmark game for his boyhood club in style.

Jordan Turner, taking over the kicking duties from O'Brien, put Saints 20-6 ahead, yet the bad blood between the sides flared up again when Catalan prop Michael Simon and opposite number Alex Walmsley's disagreement led to a melee, with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Maria, once again, being yellow carded.

And Catalan's misery was compounded as Wellens ran in for his second try, converted once more by Turner, to seal victory for Saints.

Match Action

  • 72m
    goal

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 72m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 63m
    goal

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 63m
    try

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 46m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Gregory Mounis

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Antoni Maria

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Eloi Pelissier

    Catalan Dragons

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Mickael Simon

    Catalan Dragons

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 26m
    goal

    Thomas Bosc

    Catalan Dragons

  • 26m
    try

    Morgan Escare

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Walker

    St Helens

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Daryl Millard

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Jamal Fakir

    Catalan Dragons

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Greg Richards

    St Helens

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 21m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Kevin Larroyer

    Catalan Dragons

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Lopini Paea

    Catalan Dragons

  • 15m
    try

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 15m
    goal

    Gareth O'Brien

    St Helens