Saints seal stirring comeback
St Helens came from 16-4 down to preserve their 100 per cent start to the 2014 First Utility Super League and reclaim top spot from Leeds, their next opponents, with a 24-16 victory over Wakefield.
Nathan Brown's men were under-strength and well below their best in the absence of influential playmaker Luke Walsh but turned the game on its head with a scoring burst of four tries in a decisive 15-minute spell midway through the second half.
Saints, who were also without stand-off Lance Hohaia through injury, were indebted for their sixth successive victory to Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin, who formed an unlikely half-back pairing with a combined age of 64.
After Josh Jones opened the scoring for the visitors, the Wildcats advanced into a 16-4 lead courtesy of tries from Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne and Paul McShane, with Jarrod Sammut converting the first two.
However, Saints responded and claimed the points after tries from Sia Soliola, debutant Matty Dawson, Joe Greenwood and Tom Makinson, who also kicked two conversions.
Rangi Chase made a triumphant return to inspire Salford to their first win in four games and send his old club Castleford crashing to their first defeat of the season.
Chase landed the man-of-the-match award after setting up two tries for Andrew Dixon and dropping a late goal to seal a 23-16 victory.
Chase was back after suffering a calf injury on his Salford debut against Wakefield in the first match of the campaign.
The England stand-off, who joined Salford from the Tigers in the close season, was jeered by the large army of Cas fans every time he touched the ball.
But that did not seem to worry Chase, whose side led 10-6 at half-time after tries from Martin Gleeson and Greg Johnson and held on to win an entertaining contest.
Justin Carney, Weller Hauraki and Luke Dorn crossed for Daryl Powell's side with Marc Sneyd, playing against his parent club, converting the former and latter's scores.
Hull KR eased the pressure on coach Craig Sandercock with a 16-0 triumph over Bradford.
Sandercock needed a victory after his side took just one point from their first five games and they duly delivered as Omari Caro, Kris Keating, both converted by Travis Burns, and Kevin Larroyer crossed.
Bradford offered very little but were not helped by two first-half injuries to hooker Matt Diskin and prop Adam Sidlow.
Diskin went off in the 11th minute while Sidlow followed in the 25th to make life much harder for Francis Cummins' side, who remain at the foot of the table on minus two points.
Widnes picked up their first away victory of 2014 in remarkable circumstances as they kept Hull FC pointless in a 7-0 victory to make it four league wins from five.
In a game largely dominated by driving rain and handling errors, the solitary try and penalty from Patrick Ah Van, combined with a debut drop goal for Tom Gilmore, gave Widnes a bizarre victory against a Hull side that were plagued with errors and limp attacking play.