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Four Pointers: Warrington Wolves 18-20 St Helens

How high can Saints finish?

St Helens’ narrow win over Warrington on Thursday night increased the gap between themselves in fourth place and Catalans in fifth to four points.

More crucially they are now only three points behind the Wolves in second and will be pushing for a top two spot and the chance to earn a home semi-final fixture in the play-offs.

With six wins in a row now the side look a much more dangerous and clinical team from the one at the start of the season and are hitting form at the business end of the season.

Drama right to the end

Mark Percival’s penalty goal was the difference in the end but Saints had to overcome a late Warrington fightback to claim the win.

The score was 20-12 until Ryan Atkins went over with eight minutes remaining to take the scoreline to within two points.

Rhys Evans then appeared to have gone over in the corner with 90 seconds left but the video referee deemed his leg to have been in touch thanks to some excellent last-ditch defending from Percival.

Turner excelling at stand-off

Jordan Turner was awarded man of the match for a brilliant game at stand-off and had arguably his best game in a St Helens shirt.

He has switched into the halves in recent weeks and appears to be relishing the opportunity to dictate the play along with a much improved kicking game from the start of the campaign.

Turner also took his try well using his strength to beat off the defenders and stretch his arm over the line to give Saints at the time an eight point lead.

Gouger in the eye

A moment of controversy during the game came midway through the second-half when it appears Jack Hughes went to gouge Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook in the eye.

Post-match Hughes claimed that was not his intention and McCarthy-Scarsbrook has claimed it is a non-issue with both players shaking hands.

We’ll find out from the disciplinary panel this week whether that is the end of the matter.

 

Warrington Wolves 18 (6)
Tries: Clark, Hughes, Atkins
Goals: Gidley (3)

St Helens 20 (12)
Tries: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lomax, Turner
Goals: Percival (4)

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