Roby and Makinson within touching distance of bagging a century of tries

Saints skipper James Roby and Tommy Makinson are within touching distance of reaching a century of tries in a St Helens' shirt.

Thursday, 15th March 2018, 12:19 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th March 2018, 12:20 pm
James Roby is within touching distance of reaching a century of tries for St Helens

Hooker Roby needed only one touch down to reach the magical milestone since making his debut against Widnes Vikings at Knowsley Road in March 2004 and his team-mate requires just two after breaking into the first team against Salford in February 2011.

Champion Leeds Rhinos are visitors to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday and it would be fitting if either of them joined the ‘ton-up’ club on the night and at the same time helped Saints register their sixth successive Betfred Super League victory of the season.

But that will be far from easy against the Tykes who have won three of their four games to date.

Tommy Makinson races away to score against Widnes

Head coach Justin Holbrook said: “Leeds are the defending champions and the ones everybody has to chase.

“They are a good quality side and it will be a tough 80 minutes for us.

“Every team will improve as the season progresses and while we are currently unbeaten and top the table, we can still get better.”

Holbrook added: “We are enjoying our start but we remain level-headed. We set high standards here and the boys are training hard and playing well.

Tommy Makinson races away to score against Widnes

“We hope to continue in the same manner and will be working extremely hard to do so.”

* Results from the last 10 meetings: Leeds 16, St Helens 14 (SLS8-R3, 18/8/17); Leeds 24, St Helens 22 (SLR20, 29/6/17); St Helens 6, Leeds 4 (SLR1, 9/2/17); St Helens 38, Leeds 34 (SLR12, 22/4/16); Leeds 30, St Helens 18 (SLR6, 18/3/16); Leeds 20, St Helens 13 (SLSF, 2/10/15); Leeds 18, St Helens 32 (SLS8-R4, 4/9/15); Leeds 24, St Helens 14 (CCSF, 31/7/15); Leeds 46, St Helens 18 (SLR20, 3/7/15); St Helens 16, Leeds 41 (SLR11, 17/4/15).

* Centre Mark Percival currently leads the Super League try scoring charts with seven touch downs in his five matches.

Fetuli Talanoe (Hull FC), Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) and Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors ) have five while Ben Barba (St Helens), Niall Evaids (Salford), Ryan Atkins (Warrington Wolves), Joe Burgess (Wigan) and Tom Johnstone and Ben-Jones Buchanan (both Wakefield Trinity) all have four.

* Saints half-back Danny Richardson tops the goal scoring charts with 26, followed by Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) on 19 and Sam Tomkins (Wigan ) with 18.

Richardson also heads the goal percentage stakes with 83.87 (26/31), just ahead of Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 83.33 (10/12) and Sneyd 82.60 (19/23) and tops the points charts with 57. Trailing behind him are Sneyd 43, Tomkins 40 and Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants ) 32.