Saints secure play-offs with victory over Cas

St Helens completed this year’s play-off quartet as they overcame Castleford 40-16.

Keiron Cunningham’s side were all but certain of a place in the top four before the game but made it mathematically secure with victory over a youthful Tigers side, who continue to suffer from numerous injuries.

Castleford twice took the lead through Luke Dorn and Ryan Hampshire, after a Matty Fleming tried had previously levelled it up.

However, after Junior Moors was withdrawn through injury, Saints raced through the gears and tries through Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson and Kyle Amor gave them a 24-10 lead at half-time.

Cas had opportunities early in the second-half, but the clinical Saints got the next score through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, which was followed by a try for Adam Swift. Will Maher got a consolation try for Daryl Powell’s side, however, St Helens had the last laugh when the impressive Alex Walmsley crashed over on the final play of the game.

Saints are now third in the league having gone above Wigan, although they do have a game in hand.

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