A review of Friday's action in the Betfred Super League...
- St Helens 38-12 Warrington Wolves
- Wakefield Trinity 30-20 Wigan Warriors
St Helens return to form by sweeping aside Warrington
St Helens regained top spot in the Betfred Super League with a ruthless 38-12 destruction of nearest rivals Warrington.
The Wolves, on a high after five straight wins, led 6-2 early in the game but paid a heavy price for the sin-binning of prop forward Mike Cooper for a high tackle on 27 minutes.
St Helens, surprisingly beaten for the first time by Catalans Dragons last Saturday, took advantage of the extra man to score two converted tries in Cooper's absence that turned a tenuous 8-6 lead into a virtually unassailable one of 20-6.
The visitors briefly rallied early in the second half but long-range tries from wingmen Regan Grace and Tom Makinson demonstrated Saints' superiority, to the delight of most of the 17,078 crowd, a Super League record for this fixture.
Wildcasts produce rousing show to see off Wigan
Wakefield overcame a succession of injury blows to claim a remarkable 30-20 victory over Wigan that strengthened their position in the top five.
Chris Chester's side have hit form following an inconsistent start to the year but they were pushed to the limit on Friday after losing Anthony England, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller and Kyle Wood to injury.
That they still managed to record a third straight win said as much about Wigan, the Super League champions slumping to a seventh defeat of the season.
In-form winger Joe Burgess' 100th career try appeared enough to send the Warriors into the break with a hard-earned lead until Wakefield blitzed their visitors in a devastating four-minute spell.
Craig Kopczak ended Wigan's resistance on their own line and Joe Arundel finished a fine move before Max Jowitt raced clear to make it 16-4 as the half-time hooter sounded.
Ben Jones-Bishop ended his long wait for his first try of 2019 and then added a second to finish the Warriors off, ensuring George Williams' effort and Burgess' hat-trick were in a losing cause.