Valiant Vikings Fall To Saints

Widnes would start the game in the worse possible manner, Stefan Marsh firing the kick off over the dead ball line to get he Saints possession deep in opposition territory. Some good Widnes defense would force the error though and they wouldn't be punished for their error.

 Saints would then make yet another handling error, Douglas dropping the ball cold and inviting Widnes to attack the line. St Helens were doing themselves no favours early on, Thompson then refreshing the tackle count after a second go, Whitley would open the scoring after 2 tackles, Johnstone drawing the attention of two defenders before popping the ball up for Whiteley to go through the gap at close range, Marsh adding the extras to make it 6-0 inside 5 minutes.

Saints would hit back after a shakey set, Dominique Peyroux spinning free off two tacklers before racing free for 40 metres, attracting the attention of fullback, Rhys Hanbury, then passing the ball back inside for Danny Richardson who won the footrace to the line, Richardson then converting his own try to level the score with 10 minutes gone.

An off the cuff 5th tackle play from Saints would see Ben Barba put a cross field kick, Percival leaping for the ball and dispossessing the Widnes man before a fumble on the ground and Percival regathering, the video referee deeming the ball was lost by a Widnes man before Percival grounded it, the try given the green light, Richardson kicking the goal to give Saints the lead.

Sam Wilde looked to have come up with an immediate response, haring through a gap and deciding to take Ben Barba on the outside, Barba coming up with an incredible try saver to prevent Wilde from grounding the ball and rolling him into touch.

St Helens would then slowly move their way up the field, less than 60 seconds from Barba denying Widnes a certain try, he would grubber into the in goal area, the ball ricocheting and falling straight into the arms of Regan Grace to score in the corner, Richardson adding the extras out-wide.

Two high shots in a row would see Saints given a team warning a now defending in their own 10, Widnes were hammering at the line and Wellington Albert would eventually crack the line, powering over from close range to grab his second try of the season, coincidentally his first try came against Saints earlier in the year, Marsh converting to reduce the gap to 6 points, 18-12 with 27 minutes played.

Ben Barba would grab his 16th try of the season, Widnes were all at sea deefensively, no markers and constantly losing the battle for the floor, a long looping pass would find Barba on the outside who would get rid of his man to score, Richardson unable to convert from out-wide.

A Stefan Marsh error under the high ball would put Widnes back in the hot seat, thankfully for the Vikings McCarthey-Scarsbrook would spill the ball in contact and Widnes get out of jail.

Dominique Peyroux would find himself gone for 10 after deliberate interference on Heremaia as he raced through to ground a kick, Peyroux shoving him away from the ball to stop him scoring, Widnes now turning up the pressure on Saints as they forced a goal line drop out, Widnes scoring on the stroke of halftime, an improvised play to the sound of the hooter saw Jimmy Keinhorst crash into the corner, Marsh kicking the goal to make it 22-18 going into the sheds.

Widnes would come up with the first error of the second half, Patrick Ah Van unable to play the ball properly and now Saints starting their attack on the Widnes 40, Widnes would then strip the ball from Morgan Knowles, that error would cost them 2 points as Richardson shot for the sticks successfully, 24-18.

Widnes would earn the ball back from a lost high kick by Tommy Makinson, Widnes kept on coming and coming, Ah Van being tackled just short of the line before Walker scooted from dummy half , Peyroux and Barba somehow getting under him to keep the ball up.

Ryan Morgan would get on the end of an incredible Saints try, Percival stepping past 4 or 5 Widnes defenders, Percival then releasing Makinson who would then tip on for Ryan Morgan to score in the right corner, Richardson unable to convert from the wing, 28-18 into the final 25 minutes.

A Mark Percival knock on would almost cost Saints as they were forced to defend in their own 20, Aaron Heremaia knocking on just shy off the line.

A very tough decision for the video referee to make, Morgan looking like he may have lost the ball on his way over the line, the decision sent up as a try giving the video referee a near impossible task to overturn the decision, the on field decision stands and Widnes left with a mountain to climb, Richardson missing the kick to see the last 15 minutes of the game in at 32-18.

Regan Grace would put the jewel in the crown for St Helens in the last 5 minutes, a knock on by Aaron Heremaia in front of Grace would see the Welsh international toe through fro himself to race 50 metres and ground under the posts, Richardson converting to see the game out at 38-18, a harsh score in an overall impressive Widnes performance.



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