Rugby Union: Unstoppable Saints back at the top

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The Independent Online
ST HELENS yesterday returned to the top of the Stones Bitter Championship with a punishing 48-8 victory over Salford. A fine first-half display brought Saints five tries and a 26-2 lead at the interval.

A hat-trick of tries by the Australian centre Greg Austin inspired Halifax to their third league win in four matches. Austin took his try count for the season to nine as Halifax beat Leigh 34-18 in difficult conditions.

Newly promoted Sheffield Eagles proved they are quickly coming to terms with life at the top, gaining a comfortable 19-6 win over Hull KR at New Craven Park. The Australian full-back, Gary Jack, played a leading role as the Eagles built up a winning position in the first half.

Weak tackling put Castleford on course for a 34-6 victory over Hull when they ran in three tries in a seven-minute spell in the first half to lead 26-2 at the break.

Warrington impressed in their 22-6 home win to leave Wakefield, who had the Australian Darren Fritz sent off for dissent, still looking for their first league points.