This week’s classic Saints match focuses on opponents who should have been visiting the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, Wakefield Trinity. Mike Critchley’s report leads us through how this Super League game at Saints’ temporary Stobart Stadium home unfolded in April, 2011

Saints 52 Wakefield 6

SAINTS made it five wins in a row with a clinical half-century mauling of the Wildcats in a game that featured some breathraking tries.

A clinical first half display, punctuated by four well taken touchdowns, put them 24-0 up.

Jamie Foster opened and closed the scoring – the first a great effort in a tight space at the corner, his second a fine long range move sparked by a Jon Wilkin break and dummy.

In between Jonny Lomax showed neat footwork and resilience to outfox the visitors’ defence and then Michael Shenton shook off two would-be tacklers to twist over.

Foster slotted all four conversions.

Trinity got their first score of the night just after the break when former Saint Chris Dean plucked Wilkin’s kick from the air and sped 80 metres.

It was to prove temporary respite for Wakefield – the rest was all Saints.

Ade Gardner continued his fine run of form with a well-taken score from a Shenton pass.

Then Gary Wheeler, who had one of his best games in a Saints shirt, polished off a try created by the combined efforts of Tony Puletua and James Roby.

Roby and Lomax then combined to send Wellens in for another and he was followed over the whitewash by Puletua after a fine arcing run which Wheeler had set up.

Youngster Tommy Makinson brought up the half century when he intercepted from 80 metres to hold off the cover to score his maiden first-team touch down.

Saints: 1 Paul Wellens; 2 Ade Gardner, 3 Michael Shenton, 17 Gary Wheeler, 22 Jamie Foster; 25 Lee Gaskell, 20 Jonny Lomax; 10 James Graham, 9 James Roby, 15 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13 Chris Flannery, 4 Sia Soliola, 11 Tony Puletua. Subs: 12 Jon Wilkin, 14 Scott Moore, 21 Shaun Magennis, 28 Tommy Makinson.

Wakefield: 1 Matt Blaymire; 2 Kevin Penny, 18 Chris Dean, 5 Luke George, 29 Josh Griffin; 6 Ben Jeffries, 14 Tommy Lee; 31 Kyle Amor, 9 Julien Rinaldi, 17 Paul Johnson, 33 Tyrone McCarthy, 21 Frankie Mariano, 22 Stuart Howarth. Subs: 10 Paul King, 11 Kevin Henderson, 25 Liam Higgins, 26 Matt Wildie.

Ref: Steve Ganson.