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St Helens win but at a cost

08/05/2011 06:20:46 AM Comments (0)

Super League side St Helens made it into the fifth round of English rugby league's Challenge Cup on Saturday but a 52-26 win over Sheffield saw the Saints add to their already lengthy injury list.

St Helens went into the match without eight first team players and during the course of the game lost Kyle Eastmond (groin), Nathan Ashe (knee) and Andrew Dixon (hip) to injury.

The trio are now all doubtful for next Saturday's table-topping clash against Huddersfield.

"Dixon got a bruised hip and could not go back on," said Saints boss Royce Simmons.

"Nathan Ashe had already had a knee problem but played with it and then Kyle Eastmond suffered a groin strain late on and had to be brought off."

Simmons, reflecting on the match, added: "Sheffield were good and we knew they could play some good footy and run the ball.

"Once we got a comfortable lead it seemed as though we started thinking about Huddersfield next week and not getting hurt. If you do that a side like Sheffield can score some points."

Warrington, the holders, begin their bid for a third straight Challenge Cup trophy at home to part-timers Keighley on Sunday.

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