Kevin Naiqama completed a brace on Friday night
- St Helens 48 Catalans Dragons 2
James Graham must pass a head test if he is to play in next Friday’s Super League Grand Final against sworn enemies Wigan Warriors, in what would be the final game of a stellar career.
The former Great Britain captain, 35, is to retire at the end of the season but was forced off midway through the first half of this play-off semi-final after being hurt in a collision.
He failed a Head Injury Assessment and must now prove he has no suffered no ill effects ahead of the title decider at Hull’s KCOM Stadium.
The Liverpudlian forward made his debut for Saints in 2003 and was part of their treble-winning side in 2006 before rejoining them earlier this year after over eight seasons in Australia with Canterbury Bulldogs and St George Illawarra Dragons.
Even after Graham’s premature departure on Friday night, Kristian Woolf’s side had no problems in ruthlessly dispatching ill-disciplined Catalans to encourage hopes of retaining their Super League crown.
The Dragons led with an early penalty through James Maloney but the Australian playmaker was then punished for a late, high shot on St Helens winger, Regan Grace.
Maloney was sinbinned and moments later Saints claimed their first try when Lachlan Coote, the full-back, took a pass from James Roby to dive over the line.
Although Graham was forced off, Saints began to motor and Kevin Naiqama swapped passes with Tommy Makinson before racing clear inside the right channel.
Three minutes after the restart, Naiqama touched down for his second and Saints’ third before Coote completed his own brace.
Jonny Lomax and James Bentley also got on the scoresheet with well-worked tries either side of the hour mark before Naiqama raced clear from deep to complete his hat-trick.
Grace then did emulated him with a long-range effort to claim Saints’ eighth try and complete Catalans’ misery.