Saints crowned Super League victors

Saints head coach Nathan Brown
Saints head coach Nathan Brown

St Helens have taken the Super League leaders’ shield after Castleford were beaten on Saturday.

Nathan Brown’s Saints needed just one point from their final two league games to secure the title, but were well beaten by Warrington last week and lost a thriller to Huddersfield on Friday.

Consequently Castleford - 200-1 outsiders at the start of the season - kicked off away to Catalan Dragons on Saturday knowing the shield would be going back to Yorkshire if they won by any margin.

They fluffed their lines, though, and were beaten 28-6, ending the season in fourth.

It is the first silverware St Helens have won since their move to Langtree Park and they will get an immediate chance to show it off to the Tigers, with the pair to meet in the first round of the play-offs next weekend.