Saints Dominate Vikings

St Helens put in another quality performance against a tricky Widnes side, James Roby marking his 450th career appearance with a man of the match performance and a win.

Both sides made a tough defensive start to the game, forcing handling errors and getting off the line quickly to get the best chance at closing play down. St Helens would force a drop out after a little bit of Ben Barba innovation, running the ball before a tricky kick to the in goal forcing a goal line drop out. From the resulting possession Barba would wriggle free of a would be tackler and set away Ryan Morgan for the games first points after just 7 minutes, Richardson's kicking just falling short.

Mark Percival would grab his first of a double, beating Danny Craven the Widnes fullback to a bouncing grubber and putting the ball down right in front of him, Richardson adding the extras this time to give Saints a 10-0 lead after 10 minutes.

The Vikings would go close to opening their account after a chip to the wing would be batted back for Charly Runciman, the Widnes centre denied only by some great scrambling defense. A rare James Roby error would set Widnes up in good field position, from the Saints 40 they would launch their assault on the line, The attack only producing a repeat set.

Wellington Albert would mark his return from suspension with a lifting 4 pointer, the PNG international charging onto an Aaron Heremaia flat ball 5 metres from the line, a try that was well deserved for his efforts so far in the game after some big yards and huge hits, Gilmore putting the Vikings within 4 after his conversion with 24 minutes gone.

Mark Percival would grab his second try in 20 minutes, Danny Richardson's fantastic kick at the line after going down the blindside on the last would see Mark Percival race through and ground the ball, as confirmed by the video referee. Richardson nailing the kick from the touchline to give Saints a 16-6 lead.
The first half would end with a flurry of Saints attacks that would come to nothing, halftime score 16-6.

The second half would open up in dramatic fashion, first Ryan James heading to the sin bin for a shot on Danny Craven and contact with the head made, then Widnes going over for a try that was chalked off by the video referee, then St Helens going down the other end to score a try that would stand, Ben Barba the scorer after ghosting past three defenders, Richardson missing the sticks to give St Helens a 20-6 lead.

Tommy Makinson would find himself on the end of a Zeb Taia run, the second rower breaking down the right hand side before releasing Makinson to squeeze into the corner, Saints now out to a 24-6 lead as Richardson fails to convert.

St Helens would go close again, Ryan Morgan held up over the line, just 3 tackles later Tommy Makinson grabbing his second of the game, the winger flying into the corner after some slick hands from the league leaders, Richardson dragging the conversion just past the post, 28-6 St Helens.

No more points for either side in the last 15 minutes and nothing of note to report, would see Saints run out 28-6 winners.



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