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Saints make it five wins in a row
5:20pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in Sport
SAINTS have extended their winning run to five matches courtesy of a 26-12 win at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
They were in front within two minutes and never trailed at a Belle Vue ground where they have found life difficult at times in the past.
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s yellow card for dissent midway through the second half and Wakefield subsequently cutting the gap to eight points brought concern of a late home rally but Lance Hohaia finished off good work by Tony Puletua and Jonny Lomax to go beyond the home team’s reach.
Anthony Laffranchi’s charge on to a short pass from Jon Wilkin had put the visitors ahead after 90 seconds. Lomax’s boot turned it into a perfect 6-0 start.
From a drop-out, Saints struck again. Willie Manu was held up over the line on one raid and Saints returned to the same point of attack again a few tackles later for Francis Meli to put Adam Swift over in the corner for a ninth-minute try and a 10-0 advantage.
Wakefield then enjoyed most of the territory and possession for 20 minutes without troubling Saints’ try line. Effective kicking and chasing courtesy of the boot of Wilkin and Lomax were Saints’ best friend at this stage.
There was a clinical look to Saints’ attack though and the next time they approached Wakefield’s line Sia Soliola popped up to receive an inside pass from Josh Jones to cross with his second touch of his comeback game. Lomax’s extras made it 16-0 after 29 minutes.
Wakefield ended the half on a positive note when centre Reece Lyne broke free deep inside his own half, skirted round Lomax and had enough pace to beat the cross-field covering Swift into the corner. Lee Smith’s touchline conversion left it at 16-6 at half time.
The visitors scored the important first try of the second half against the run of play.
Jordan Turner bust a tackle and offloaded to Tommy Makinson, whose kick ahead was perfect for Lomax to chase and touch down with a spectacular dive for 20-6 after 46 minutes.
From the point Puletua fumbled a Tim Smith high kick, Saints were under the cosh though.
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook’s yellow card for dissent after being ruled offside on his own try line led to Kyle Amor barging over the top of Manu in the 66th minute, with Bobbie Goulding’s conversion making it 20-12.
A try-saving tackle by Lomax on Amor as another Wakefield try looked certain came to Saints’ rescue seconds before the game was sealed.
Puletua made a half break and that man Lomax was on his shoulder to hare away and send home Lance Hohaia for the decisive score. Lomax’s conversion put Saints 26-12 clear.
Saints: Jonny Lomax; Tommy Makinson, Jordan Turner, Francis Meli, Adam Swift; Jon Wilkin, Lance Hohaia; Tony Puletua, Stuart Howarth, Anthony Laffranchi,Josh Jones, Willie Manu, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Subs: Anthony Walker, Alex Walmsley, Paul Wellens, Sia Soliola.
Wildcats: Richie Mathers; Liam Kay, Dean Collis, Reece Lyne, Ben Cockayne; Lee Smith, Tim Smith; Justin Poore, Paul Aiton, Kyle Amor, Danny Kirmond, Danny Washbrook, Taulima Tautai. Subs: Ali Lauitiiti, Bobbie Goulding, Oliver Wilkes, Andy Raleigh.
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