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Saints stun Warrington
Warrington crushed on home soil in qualifying play-off
Tommy Makinson played a starring role as St Helens moved through to the Super League semi-finals with a 28-6 win over Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Winger Makinson touched down for two tries, and the Saints pack also played a key role in demolishing Challenge Cup winners Warrington.
With an aggressive stint from Sia Soliola, back from injury, Saints mastered the Wolves six who sorely missed Ben Westwood and Ben Harrison.
Wolves were further weakened by the loss of Garreth Carvell and the St Helens forwards made the most of their opportunity.
Although the first quarter was packed with incident, both sides made too many handling errors to build any pressure.
The opening try came from an error. It arrived in the 22nd minute when St Helens prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook threw a forward pass and in the next passage Richie Myler sent Brett Hodgson dummying and stepping his way over the line.
Warrington should have extended their lead but hooker Michael Monaghan was stopped by a great tackle from Soliola.
Moments later Monaghan charged down Roby's clearance kick but knocked on with the line clear.
Saints levelled up in the 33rd minute when Jonny Lomax and Paul Wellens created the space for Soliola to push through a hole and touch down.
Soliola smashed his way through four minutes before the interval, when following a Monaghan knock-on he scooped up the ball before holding off England centre Ryan Atkins in his race downfield, before slipping the ball for Makinson to do the rest.
Wolves tried to re-assert themselves after the break when Lee Briers targeted St Helens wing Francis Meli for some high-ball treatment.
St Helens countered magnificently in the 51st minute, with a short ball from Jon Wilkin setting Lomax free. The young scrum-half kept his head to outfox full-back Hodgson and send Makinson in for his second try.
Man mountain Tony Puletua slipped a super offload for energetic hooker James Roby to touch down by the posts to make sure in the 64th minute.
And he was followed over the whitewash by Francis Meli who touched down in the corner from a Wellens pass three minutes later.
Makinson ended the night with four goals to add to his two-try tally after a magnificent showing from Saints.
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