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Saints move clear at top
Challenge Cup winners overcome sluggish start to beat Quins
St Helens recorded a 32-10 victory over Harlequins RL to move two points clear at the top of the engage Super League.
Saints, returning to domestic action after winning the Challenge Cup last Saturday, scored five tries to see off a spirited challenge from Harlequins at Knowsley Road.
Although Jason Cayless opened the scoring by touching down in the fourth-minute, it was the visitors who played the more fluent rugby during the first-half.
Quins wing Ricki Sheriffe scored tries in the ninth and 21st minutes - the second a brilliant individual effort - as Saints struggled to find their customary rhythm.
James Graham barged over for St Helens' second try on 33 minutes and Stepen Tyrer added the conversion for a barely deserved 12-10 half-time lead.
Game of two halves
But it was all very different after the break - Paul Wellens set the tone in the 54th minute when Graham's neat handling sent the reigning Man of Steel in for his 24th try of the season.
Tyrer added a penalty to extend the lead after Quins' Scott Hill was sent to the sin-bin. Hill's absence was keenly felt when Chris Flannery raced in for Saints' fourth try in the 66th minute.
Second rower Lee Gilmour powered over the whitewash six minutes from time for the fifth, and Tyrer maintained his 100 percent record with the boot to extend the winning margin to an ultimately convincing 22 points.
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|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
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