Super League: Chris Makinson inspires leaders St Helens to a big win over Hull Kingston Rovers | rugby league news

A win against Wigan Warriors next week would secure the league leaders’ shield for St Helens; Hull KR scored three times in the second half, but St Helens proved too strong in attack for the Robins.

Last update: 08/19/22 22:29

St Helens Tommy Makinson is congratulated after his try against Hull KR

St Helens Tommy Makinson is congratulated after his try against Hull KR

Tommy Makinson scored 22 points as St Helens moved closer to the Betfred Super League Leaders’ Shield with a 38-12 win over a depleted Hull KR.

The winger claimed a first-half brace and kicked five goals, while Jack Welsby, Jon Bennison, Ben Davies and Joey Lussick also crossed for tries at Totally Wicked Stadium.

Seventeen-year-old winger Connor Barley scored on his debut as the Robins fought back valiantly in the second half, while Kane Linnett and Will Tate also landed.

The Saints were without the injured Sione Mata’utia, while Morgan Knowles and Curtis Sironen were without suspension. But Welsby returned after missing last week’s win at Hull FC and went through the halves, with Will Hopoate starting at full-back.

Hull KR gave Barley a debut on the wing in place of the suspended Ethan Ryan. Prop Greg Richards was also absent with a hamstring injury, while Matt Parcell was serving a one-game suspension.

Albert Vete was named to the bench after an injury-plagued 2022 campaign along with another 17-year-old prop, Zach Fishwick.

game history

Saints, who also beat Hull KR 26-18 at home in June, got off the scoreboard in the second minute when Makinson kicked a routine penalty after stealing Konrad Hurrell in front of the Hull KR posts.

It was Makinson who got the first try of the night, diving into the corner after Jonny Lomax and Welsby brilliantly combined on the right edge. Makinson’s conversion from the touchline made it 8-0 for the hosts.

Saints repeated the play to brilliant effect in the 22nd minute, this time Hopoate and Hurrell combined and the final pass saw Makinson come in for his second attempt, although this time he failed to convert.

Jack Welsby was among the Saints' try scorers at Totally Wicked Stadium

Jack Welsby was among the Saints’ try scorers at Totally Wicked Stadium

Eight minutes before halftime, the Saints scored their third try when Welsby threw a big pass to the left to winger Bennison, who sent the ball inside for Welsby and the running back ran under the posts for a try that Makinson
converted.

Makinson also added a penalty from in front of the posts moments later to make it 20-0 at half-time, after Hull KR sent a goal-line drop over the touchline entirely.

Hooker Lussick got the first try of the second half for the Saints with a dart from dead-half range in the 44th minute, and Makinson made no mistake with the goal.

Hull KR went off the mark in the 56th minute when Lachlan Coote sent Vete through the gap and found Linnett in support to score, but Coote was unable to add the extras.

Saints winger Bennison responded with his team’s fifth try of the night soon after, receiving Welsby’s final pass before ducking into the corner. Makinson converted from the touchline.

With 17 minutes remaining, Hull KR scored their second try when Rowan Milnes’ shot into the center seemed to bounce off Makinson and Will Tate scored a try which Coote again missed on goal.

The teenage Barley capped a debut to remember with a try with 12 minutes left after Jimmy Keinhorst helped Jez Litten from a cross, with Coote still unable to add the extras.

With time running out, Saints closed out the victory with a try from winger Davies, which Makinson converted again.

Whats Next?

Next up for St Helens is a visit to old rivals Wigan Warriors with the big clash live against sky sports cameras on Friday 26th August at 8pm For Hull KR, the next visit to Wakefield Trinity is Thursday 25th August, starting at 7:30pm

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