Super League: St Helens win at Catalan Dragons to boost play-off hopes
Last Updated: 04/08/13 5:22pm
Tommy Makinson: Early try set St Helens on their way
Tommy Makinson and Paul Wellens both scored two tries as St Helens claimed a third straight Super League win with a 26-6 victory over Catalan Dragons at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Victory moved St Helens above the Dragons into fifth place with three rounds of the regular season to play.
Early scores from Francis Meli and Makinson put Saints ahead and while centre Morgan Escare helped Catalan back into the match midway through the first half, his converted try was to prove 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.
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.
Nathan Brown's men were resolute in their defending, though, and kept their line in tact before re-asserting 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, although 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.
First Utility Super League
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8s
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8s
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8s
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8s
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8s
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8s
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8s
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
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