RugbyL: St Helens bounce back to beat Tigers

St Helens bounced back from last weekend's heavy defeat against Catalan Dragons to reclaim top spot in the Super League table with a 38-16 win over Castleford Tigers on Sunday.

Coach Nathan Brown was looking for his side to show a reaction from their heavy 42-0 drubbing in France and he duly received it against the visiting Tigers.

Up 22-4 at the break after a double from Paul Wellens, Thomas Makinson and Jordan Turner, the hosts added further scorers through Mark Percival (2) and Luke Walsh with the Australian play-maker also kicking four goals.

St Helens replaced Wigan Warriors at the top after the latter suffered their fifth defeat of the season against a determined Wakefield Wildcats.

Warriors had taken Widnes Vikings apart 48-4 in midweek as Josh Charnley marked his return from two months out injured with five tries.

But there was no repeat performance on Sunday, Reece Lyne running in for a late try to confirm the 36-28 victory.

The visitors had been leading 28-26 on the hour mark but Danny Washbrook scored for the Wildcats and Lyne ran in late on after Warriors had Jack Murphy's try ruled out for a forward pass from Anthony Gelling.

Also leapfrogging Warriors were Leeds Rhinos after they recorded a 38-28 win over Widnes Vikings.

Danny McGuire crossed twice while there were also tries for Kallum Watkins, Kevin Sinfield, Liam Sutcliffe, Tom Briscoe and Josh Walters.

Widnes had been leading 16-10 at the break but while Patrick Ah Van, Grant Gore and Joe Mellor touched down after the break, they could not hold on.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Tony Smith's Warrington Wolves ease to a comfortable 36-20 win at home to Salford Red Devils.

The hosts, who conceded an early Junior Sa'u score ran in six tries, including one for Chris Bridge who also kicked six goals to make it seven wins in a row.

On Saturday Huddersfield Giants secured their eight win in nine matches thanks to a 38-22 win over Joe Grima's struggling London Broncos.

The hosts scored four tries in the first 30 minutes through Scott Grix, Brett Ferres, Jermaine McGillvary and Joe Wardles before James Cunningham closed the gap to 22-6 at the break.

And while Australian duo Josh Drinkwater and Denny Solomona also crossed for Broncos alongside Mason Caton-Brown, the visitors' 17-match winless streak continues with McGillvary and Wardle adding another try each after the break, with Jodie Broughton also going over.

Australian half-back Sam Williams made a winning debut for Catalan Dragons as his side survived a second-half comeback from Hull FC for a 20-16 win.

Leading 16-4 at the break, the hosts stretched their lead through Daryl Millard's try but were forced into a tense finish when Kirk Yeaman and Jamie Shaul crossed.

On Friday, Bradford Bulls' difficulties continued as they lost 44-18 to Hull KR in their first match since the dismissal of head coach Francis Cummins.

Former Penrith Panthers man Travis Burns was again in fine form for Craig Sandercock's Hull KR, registering 16 points including a first-half try.