Roby celebrates 500 career appearances as Saints edge Castleford in thrilling defensive encounter

Saints had one change to their side as Mark Percival returned in place of Matty Costello. James Roby made his 500th career appearance.

The Tigers were forced into four changes. Gareth O’Brien made his debut, while Nathan Massey and Liam Watts, the latter celebrating his 250th Super League appearance, made their returns to the side.

Sometimes, a half goes by without a try but this half saw no points of any description. Both sides fought in a play-off style atmosphere and attacked with intent throughout the half but both goal-line defences were nothing short of world-class.

Castleford were the only side to cross the line in the half as Michael Shenton chased Paul McShane’s grubber, but this was denied by video referee Liam Moore.

HT: Saints 0-0 Tigers

Saints eventually opened their account but not with a four-pointer. Millington was sin-binned for a shoulder charge, and Coote elected to boot over the resultant penalty. Coote converted another penalty moments later when Liam Watts was penalised for holding down.

With three minutes remaining, Saints sealed victory with their first try. Coote collected Alex Walmsley’s offload and found Theo Fages in support.

FT: Saints 10-0 Tigers

Saints: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Fages, Walmsley, Roby, Graham, Taia, Bentley, Knowles; Interchanges: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lees, Amor, Smith

Tigers: O’Brien, Olpherts, Foster, Shenton, Clare, McShane, Richardson, Watts, Milner, Griffin, Holmes, McMeeken, Massey; Interchanges: Millington, Sene-Lefao, O’Neill, Turner