St Helens 42-14 Hull Kingston Rovers

Paul Sculthorpe weighed in with a try and four goals as St Helens dished out a 42-14 defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers at Knowsley Road, the champions returning to form after last week’s shock defeat.

Despite the heavy scoreline, engage Super League new boys Hull KR did make a fair account of themselves in the first half, going toe to toe with Saints and ending the second half just 16-4 in arrears.

Jon Steel was the first-half scorer for the Robins on his Super League debut, an 11th-minute touch down giving the visitors a 4-0 lead that lasted until Francis Meli got over the line to equalise.

St Helens took the lead after 23 minutes when James Graham charged over, 18-year-old Stephen Tyrer converting, and the introduction of Sculthorpe to the fray spelled the end for plucky Hull KR.

Sculthorpe brought the best out of the champions, and Graham touched down for his second try off the back of some classic Saints passing and movement, and the champions went into the half-time interval holding a 16-4 lead.

Leon Pryce opened the second-half scoring for St Helens, and despite a Byron Ford try converted from the touchline by Gareth Morton, the home side continued with Sculthorpe’s own try to make the score 28-10.

Matt Gidley added a further touch down before tries from Lee Gilmour and Francis Meli rounded things up for the Saints, and Rovers grabbed a consolation score from Morton.

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