|Betfred Super League|
|St Helens (20) 32|
|Tries: Lomax 2, Bentley, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Smith Goals: Makinson 6|
St Helens stand-off Jonny Lomax ran in his first two Super League tries of the season as the reigning champions comfortably saw off Toronto Wolfpack.
Lomax’s double sparked a five-try haul as Saints became the first side to beat the Canadian newcomers to nil in their short history.
James Bentley, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Aaron Smith crossed too before Wolfpack were reduced to 12 men.
Bodene Thompson was shown a red card for his shoulder charge on Matty Lees.
The already weakened Wolfpack went into the game at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on the back of a new blow after finding out that prop Brad Singleton will be out for lateral medial ligament knee surgery.
And the loss of Thompson to a likely suspension on a nasty freezing night will just add to coach Brian McDermott’s squad-strength problems.
Taking it to the Wire again
The Wolfpack had initially planned to stage this ‘home’ game at Saracens’ Allianz Park as part of a promotional ‘London Series’.
But, when that had to be shelved at short notice, the game was rescheduled to the Halliwell Jones, where Toronto were beaten by Warrington just eight days before.
Last week’s performance showed signs of further progress as McDermott’s men ran in four tries for a season’s best 22 points.
But, once Saints had raced into an 18-0 lead after 26 minutes, there was no way back as Toronto slumped to a fifth straight defeat.
Fresh from their narrow 20-12 World Club Challenge defeat by Sydney Roosters a week ago, Saints claimed their third win in four league games to climb to second, two points behind leaders Castleford, who have played a game more.
Toronto are back in action on Thursday when they return to Headingley, scene of their opening day defeat by Castleford, to this time face Leeds Rhinos. Saints’ next game is at home to Huddersfield next Friday night.
Toronto Wolfpack: Gigot; Kay, Wallace, Leutele, Russell; O’Brien, McCrone; Sidlow, Ackers, Springer, Thompson, Williams, Wilkin.
Interchanges: Mullally, Olbison, Miloudi, Wells.
St Helens: Welsby; Makinson, Naiqama, Bentley, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Knowles.
Interchanges: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Paulo, Smith.
Referee: Marcus Griffiths (RFL).