Home team Score Away Team

St Helens

  • Wellens (2), Pryce, Gardner (2), Graham,
    Goals: Long (5),
34 - 30

Wakefield

  • Rooney, Obst, Ferres, Watene, Gleeson,
    Goals: Brough (5),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 2nd Mar 2008
  • KO 15:00
  • Att: 10,777

Saints close the gap

St Helens launch late comeback to move within two points of Leeds

Last updated: 2nd March 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Saints close the gap

Gardner: Scored a brace

Related links

Teams

Players

Also see

St Helens left it late before coming back to defeat Wakefield Wildcats 34-30 on Sunday afternoon.

Daniel Anderson's side move joint second with arch-rivals Wigan Warriors in the Super League table as a result, but this was no routine victory at Knowsley Road.

The Wildcats scored five tries to lead 30-18 with a quarter of an hour left on the clock before the Challenge Cup holders stepped up a gear.

Ade Gardner scored his fourth and fifth tries of the campaign to get Saints back to within two points of their West Yorkshire opponents and Paul Wellens' second try of the match secured the points with just three minutes remaining.

To and fro

Saints, with two 18-year-olds in their side, had made a dream start to the game with two tries in the first 10 minutes as Leon Pryce finished the first following a strong break by Keiron Cunningham.

Matt Gidley and Gardner then combined to send Wellens over the line and Saints had a 12-0 lead courtesy of Sean Long's pair of conversions.

But Wakefield prop Adam Watene powered over for a solo score and hooker Sam Obst nipped in from dummy half to level the scores with Danny Brough kicking the extras 25 minutes in.

James Graham showed real strength to go over and restore Saints' lead to six following Long's third conversion, but Wakefield struck back again on the stroke of half-time as Jamie Rooney sent back rower Brett Ferres over for the game's sixth converted try as the teams went in level at 18-18.

Drama

Rooney then latched on to Brough's grubber kick to put the Wildcats ahead for the first time in the match after the restart and the scrum-half then repeated the feat to send Sean Gleeson over for the half's second converted try.

Wakefield had looked on course for a repeat of their shock opening day win against the Bradford Bulls at that stage, but Wellens' switch to loose forward in the absence of injured captain Paul Sculthorpe - who had to leave the field after making his first start for nine months - proved decisive.

Wellens first broke through to send Gardner over after 64 minutes and Long's fourth goal cut the gap to six points. Gidley's superb offload then allowed Gardner to touch down again with eight minutes left.

Long had failed to level the scores following a difficult conversion chance, but with time running out his speculative kick up field was hacked on by Francis Meli who re-gathered to send Wellens over for his second and all-important try.

Long kicked the conversion and Saints had their third win in three since losing at Hull Kingston Rovers in the opening round.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet

Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Saturday 7th February
15:00Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes

Experts & Blogs

Stevo

Stevo

Read the thoughts and opinions of Stevo with skysports.com