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St Helens are 16-6 ahead against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at half time
SAINTS lead 16-6 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at half time.
Their execution has been superior despite a sackful of handling mistakes from both teams.
Nathan Brown's men were ahead after 90 seconds courtesy of Anthony Laffranchi’s charge on to a short pass from Jon Wilkin. Jonny 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 the best of the 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’ try-line attack though and the next time they were within close range Sia Soliola popped up to receive an inside pass from Josh Jones to cross with his second touch of the 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 converted from the touchline.
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