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12th May 2018, 16:54 | ChallengeCup

Barba bags hat-trick as Saints see off Castleford

Barba bags hat-trick as Saints see off Castleford

Castleford Tigers 18-36 St Helens

Ben Barba provided another masterclass to take St Helens a step closer to Wembley following a 36-18 win over Castleford Tigers in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

The Australian full-back scored three tries and created two others, while scrum-half Danny Richardson produced another highly-encouraging display, highlighted by a 16-point haul from a try and six goals.

Barba reacted smartly to get winger Regan Grace away for the opening try after 15 minutes and the dashing Aussie repeated the feat nine minutes before half-time and this time went on his own to touch down at the corner before adding his second try three minutes after the break.

Tigers substitute Jacob Trueman scored a solo try after 47 minutes before Barba sent centre Ryan Morgan through a gap for Saints’ fourth try and the hosts struck again as Greg Minikin crossed at the corner - Jamie Ellis added the extras.

Richardson scored a solo try after 62 minutes to put more daylight between the sides and Barba completed his hat-trick before England second rower Mike McMeeken scored a consolation last-minute try for the home side.