Rugby League: St Helens survive barrage

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AN UNINSPIRED St Helens yesterday were forced to hold on against Sheffield to maintain their 100 per cent Super League record with a 39- 30 victory. The way they let the Eagles back into the match at Knowsley Road proves Bradford, who remain second after breaking Warrington's unbeaten home record, have top spot within their grasp.

Saints conceded four tries, enabling the Eagles to hit back from 22-6 down midway through the first half to trail by only two points at the break. Saints eventually held out to take their record to six wins from six Super League starts this season.

Daio Powell had given Sheffield the lead after 10 minutes, but tries from Kevin Iro, Paul Wellens, Keiron Cunningham and Sonny Nickle put the home team into a seemingly unassailable 22-6 lead. But Sheffield replied when Keith Senior put Bright Sodje over and then Jeff Hardy touched down, with three Mark Aston goals making it 22-20 at the break. Saints were never in control in the second half but managed touchdowns from Tony Stewart and Apollo Perelini.

Wakefield Trinity enjoyed a seven-try romp as they racked up their second Super League win by beating London Broncos 40-8. The centre Adam Hughes scored a magnificent hat-trick of tries in the first half for the Wildcats and took his personal points total to 24 with six conversions.

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