Saints extend lead at he top
A review of Friday's First Utlity Super League action with wins for leaders St Helens, Warrington and Salford.
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Leaders St Helens powered away from play-off hopefuls Wakefield in the second half to stay top of the First Utility Super League after a 40-16 success.
Saints' much-changed team dominated the opening 40 minutes only to have just a six-point cushion to show for it at the break at 12-6 in front, but they found their killer instinct after the interval and ran out winners by seven tries to three.
Tommy Makinson, Josh Jones and Shannon McDonnell scored two tries each with Sia Soliola also crossing, while Mark Percival kicked six goals.
Wakefield responded with tries from Danny Washbrook, Richard Owen and Paul McShane, while Jarrod Sammut added two conversions.
Warrington took full advantage of Castleford's decision to field a weakened team with a 48-10 win that strengthened their bid for a top-two finish.
Tigers coach Daryl Powell rested six members of his likely Challenge Cup final team and, although his makeshift line-up were far from disgraced, they could not match their opponents' superior finishing.
The Wolves needed to win by 29 points to leapfrog Castleford into fourth place and they reached their target courtesy of Joel Monaghan's 24th Super League try of the season seven minutes from the end.
Ryan Atkins, Gareth O'Brien, Chris Bridge, Rhys Evans (2), Anthony England and Stefan Ratchford also crossed for the home side, while James Clare and Oliver Holmes responded for Cas.
Salford maintained their slim hopes of qualifying for the play-offs with Kevin Locke notching 14 points as they beat Catalan Dragons 34-22.
Full-back Locke scored two tries and kicked three goals, while Junior Sau, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages and Tony Puletua also touched down as the Red Devils moved four points behind Catalan and Widnes with three games left.
The visitors managed to run in four tries of their own, with Thomas Bosc adding three goals, but it was not enough.