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St Helens (26) 38
Tries: Coote, Lomax 2, Makinson 3, Fages Goals: Coote 5
Huddersfield (2) 2
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Tommy Makinson scored a hat-trick on his 200th Super League appearance as leaders St Helens returned to winning ways by beating lowly Huddersfield. Saints moved clear in the first half, running in five tries after conceding their only points in the third minute.

Makinson and Jonny Lomax, who went over twice, were recalled after Saints' surprise defeat at London Broncos.

Lachlan Coote and Theo Fages also scored for St Helens, who took their foot off the gas in the closing stages.

Justin Holbrook's side moved six points clear at the top - ahead of second-placed Warrington's trip to Hull KR on Saturday - while Huddersfield now stand ninth in the table.
 

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Warrington (4) 10
Tries: Mamo Goals: Patton 3
St Helens (0) 21
Tries: Percival, Thompson, Walmsley Goals: Coote 4 Drop-goal: Coote

St Helens came from behind to beat closest rivals Warrington in an intense game to go eight points clear at the top of Super League.
 

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Hull FC (0) 12
Tries: Shaul, Naulago Goals: Sneyd 2
St Helens (18) 40
Tries: Knowles, Fages, Coote 2, Grace, Ashworth, Lomax Goals: Coote 6

St Helens strengthened their position as Super League leaders with a brutal demolition of third-placed Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.

Lachlan Coote scored two tries and six goals as Saints ran riot in the second half for a fourth straight win.
 

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St Helens (12) 32
Tries: Makinson 2, Coote, Naiqama, Lomax Goals: Coote 6
Wigan (4) 10
Tries: Hardaker Goals: Hardaker 3

Super League leaders St Helens easily pulled off their third derby win of the season to beat in-form Wigan Warriors and move 10 points clear at the top.

Tommy Makinson sent Saints ahead after Zak Hardaker and Lachlan Coote exchanged penalty goals early on before he crossed again just before half-time. Coote, Kevin Naiqama and Jonny Lomax all crossed over after the break to give Saints a formidable lead.

Hardaker later ran in for Wigan but a Saints victory never looked in doubt.

The result is the third St Helens derby victory against Wigan this season after Justin Holbrook's side defeated the Cherry and Whites in the opening game of the season as well as a Good Friday rout at the DW Stadium.
 
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Easy for Saints: we have no pack, just kids, And Saints have the best pack in the comp, and their backs make the most of it.
 
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Warrington (10) 12
Tries: Mamo, Thewlis Goals: Ratchford 2
St Helens (12) 30
Tries: Naiqama, Lomax, Paulo, Costello, Makinson Goals: Richardson 5

St Helens enjoyed a third victory of the season against Warrington as they won their Challenge Cup final dress rehearsal.

Saints led only 12-10 at the break, thanks to tries from Kevin Naiqama and Jonny Lomax in response to home scores for Jake Mamo and Josh Thewlis.

But, against a weakened Wire, St Helens ran away with it after the break.
 

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Leeds (10) 20
Tries: Myler, Handley 2, Newman Goals: Martin 2
St Helens (10) 36
Tries: Grace, Naiqama 3, Taia 2 Goals: Percival 6

St Helens warmed up for next weekend's Wembley Challenge Cup final by blowing Leeds Rhinos away in the second half for a convincing 36-20 win.
It was all square at half-time with two tries apiece before a vociferous crowd, with Leeds causing Saints problems.
League leaders St Helens took control after the break, scoring four tries to race into a 36-10 lead.
Scores from Ash Handley and Harry Newman gave Leeds hope late on but they are not quite safe yet in Super League.
 
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St Helens (4) 4
Try: Grace
Castleford Tigers 0 (0)

St Helens battled back from last weekend's Wembley defeat to earn their hardest-fought Super League win of the season and dent Castleford's top-five hopes.

Welsh winger Regan Grace went over in the left corner for the only score of the game in the 33rd minute.

Saints then somehow kept out the fired-up Tigers' second-half onslaught.

Victory for Cas would have lifted them up into fifth following Hull's shock home defeat by Huddersfield.
 

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Matty Lees will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on a perforated bowel he suffered against Leeds last month.
 

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Kristian Woolf will replace Justin Holbrook as head coach of St Helens from the start of the 2020 season.
The 44-year-old has spent the past five years in charge of Tonga, leading them to a World Cup semi-final in 2017.
He had been working as assistant to ex-Saints boss Nathan Brown at NRL side Newcastle Knights and became interim head coach when Brown left in August.
 

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Five St Helens players have been named in Super League's Dream Team for the 2019 season.
Full-back Lachlan Coote, winger Tommy Makinson, centre Kevin Naiqama, prop Luke Thompson and forward Morgan Knowles helped Saints win the League Leaders' Shield by 16 points.
Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Salford Red Devils each have two representatives in the line-up.
The team is completed by Wigan's Liam Farrell and Castleford's Liam Watts.