St Helens 50-10 Castleford

St Helens extended their lead at the top of the engage Super League table with a 50-10 win over Castleford Tigers at Knowsley Road.

Second-placed Hull KR lost to Harlequins meaning that Saints now have a five-point advantage over their nearest rivals.

Sean Long impressed in the Red Vee, as did youngsters such as Kyle Eastmond, Jonny Lomax and Paul Clough in a game that suggested  a bright future for Saints.

Castleford opened the scoring through Brett Ferres after just five minutes, Kirk Dixon converting for the short-lived 6-0 lead.

A penalty for Saints allowed Leon Pryce to dummy his way over, Long converting to equalise, before Chris Dean crossed to give the hosts a 10-6 advantage.

Long’s forty-twenty gave Saints the field position for Cunningham to score before Jon Wilkin touched down, Long converting the latter for a 20-6 half-time lead.

The Tigers got onto the scoresheet for a second time after the restart, Dixon touching down after Francis Meli failed to collect a high kick.

Saints, however, hit back when Long was able to create a try out of nothing and convert to make the score 26-10, before quick tries from Lomax and Eastmond, who converted both.

Clough got in on the act with a try in the final ten minutes, Eastmond converting both that and his own try just moments later, bringing up the fifty for Saints.

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