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St Helens’ Regan Grace helps put match just beyond Wakefield Trinity

• St Helens 34-30 Wakefield Trinity• Saints re-establish Super League six-point lead over WiganIf the Super League title is indeed destined for St Helens this season, these are perhaps the moments the Saints and their supporters will look back on in a …

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Danny Richardson’s last-gasp drop goal secures St Helens win over Leeds

• Leeds Rhinos 22-23 St Helens• Super League leaders win with 78th-minute drop goalDanny Richardson kicked a stunning 78th-minute drop goal to inflict a fifth successive defeat on the Super League champions, Leeds, and open up an eight-point gap at the…

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St Helens hold off Hull to reach Challenge Cup semi-final

• St Helens 25-22 Hull FC• Holders Hull have three men sent to sin-binSt Helens are one victory away from ending their decade?long Wembley absence but they were pushed every step of the way by the Challenge Cup holders, Hull FC.To Hull’s credit, d…

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Ben Barba inspires leaders St Helens to another victory at Castleford

• Castleford 18-40 St Helens• Barba a cut above to reinforce claim for Man of Steel awardNights like these are becoming all too common for the Super League leaders, St Helens, but you suspect the novelty is nowhere near wearing off yet. By the end, thi…

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Brilliant Ben Barba guides St Helens to battling win over Widnes

• Widnes 18-38 St Helens• Regan Grace and Ryan Morgan touch down twice for St HelensThis performance by St Helens will hardly be remembered as the most eye-catching of Justin Holbrook’s first year in charge but, on the anniversary of his arrival, it pe…

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Sylvain Houles will be a Super League coach – with or without Toulouse

In praise of the Toulouse Olympique coach; rugby league makes Eurovision look sensible; and a football-related teaserBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredBefore their second-half meltdown at Warrington on Sunday, most fans assumed any new overseas t…

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Ben Barba masterclass for St Helens sinks Castleford’s cup hopes

• Castleford 18-36 St Helens• Australian scores hat-trick as St Helens reach quarter-finalsThe Super League leaders, St Helens, will be in the hat for Sunday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final draw and, as they have been so many times already this season, t…

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Ben Barba scores hat-trick but injury mars St Helens’ rout of Salford

• Salford 10-60 St Helens• Australian full-back leaves on stretcher after awkward landingEven after less than a year in a St Helens shirt it is already clear Ben Barba’s time in Super League could be limited – which perhaps makes it important on n…

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Liam Finn’s penalties propel Wakefield to win over league leaders St Helens

• Wakefield 24-20 St Helens• Trinity reaffirm play-off hopes with victory over top sideWakefield became only the second side to defeat St Helens this season and ended a five-match losing run to reaffirm their credentials as potential play-off cont…

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Zeb Taia and Mark Percival inspire St Helens to win against Hull FC

• St Helens 26-12 Hull FC• Saints extend Super League lead to six pointsSt Helens extended their lead at the Super League summit to six points as they overcame the loss of their influential full-back, Ben Barba, to defeat an out-of-sorts Hull FC.This w…

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Ben Barba happy to concentrate on helping St Helens win trophies

• Full-back in fine form at start of Super League season• Australian linked with return home having served suspensionBen Barba is unlikely to make a decision on whether he will return to the National Rugby League next season until the end of the curren…

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St Helens end nine-year wait for Good Friday win over Wigan

• St Helens 21-18 Wigan• Saints open up a four-point gap at Super League summitIt is impossible to argue Justin Holbrook has not overseen a remarkable transformation at St Helens in little over a year in charge but you felt there was still one niggling…

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Ash Handley grabs two tries as Leeds end St Helens’ winning start

• St Helens 20-28 Leeds• Super League champions beat leaders after thrilling fightbackThe Leeds centre Ash Handley maintained his remarkable try-scoring record against St Helens as the Super League champions ended Saints’ 100% record this season.The sc…

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Mark Percival’s three tries drive unbeaten St Helens past Warrington

• Warrington 12-30 St Helens• Danny Richardson scores try and kicks five goalsSt Helens continue to set the pace in this new Super League season and perhaps the greatest compliment one can pay Justin Holbrook’s side is that even with this, their fifth …

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Super League: what we learned from the first round of fixtures

St Helens showed why they are favourites to win Super League in their thumping 46-6 win over CastlefordBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo the bookies are right again. St Helens showed exactly why they are favourites to win Super League; Castlef…

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St Helens’ Mark Percival stuns Castleford with hat-trick of tries

• St Helens 46-6 Castleford• Salford 12-40 Wigan; Hull KR 6-28 WakefieldSt Helens brought last season’s grand finalists Castleford down to earth with a bump on the opening Betfred Super League weekend.Saints thumped Cas 46-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadi…

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Super League 2018 team-by-team guide: glory for resurgent St Helens?

Can Castleford challenge again? How will Leeds fare without McGuire and Burrow? And can Widnes survive? Our guide to what to expectLast season 1st (lost Grand Final) Coach Daryl Powell Captain Michael Shenton Continue reading…

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Tom van Vollenhoven obituary

Outstanding rugby league player who scored 392 tries in 409 games for St HelensTom van Vollenhoven, who has died aged 82, was a rugby player of skill, dash and reputation remarkable even for a game that cherishes its great wing three-quarters. He playe…

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Luke Gale golden point beats St Helens and puts Castleford in Grand Final

• Castleford 23-22 St Helens
• Luke Gale scores winner 16 days after appendectomy

On nights like these, it seems unfortunate that someone has to lose. For Castleford’s critics, the argument had been for months that when the play-offs came around, the runaway Super League leaders would fail to cope with the expectations of a do-or-die play-off semi-final.

Next Saturday will dictate whether they have the credentials to go all the way and become Super League champions at Old Trafford, but this was a tick in the box which some believed Daryl Powell’s side were incapable of conquering. However, while Luke Gale’s drop goal – 16 days after emergency surgery to remove his appendix – was the game’s decisive moment, it does not even begin to describe 86 minutes of sporting drama which underline that when Super League is good, it is seriously good.

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St Helens in prime spot for semi-finals after win over Salford

• Super 8s: Salford 4-30 St Helens
• Wigan would need huge win to deny neighbours

Whether it is Castleford on Thursday or Leeds 24 hours later in the semi-finals, it is increasingly clear that St Helens are in no mood to let this season peter out with a whimper.

When Justin Holbrook arrived on these shores in May and inherited a side whose fate appeared more likely to be in a battle to avoid the Qualifiers as opposed to the race for Old Trafford, few would have fancied St Helens being in this position.

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