Widnes Become Saints' Latest Victim


Even without Ben Barba and Tommy Makinson Saints still had too much firepower for a lack lustre Widnes Vikings now well adrift at the bottom of Super League .

Key forward for the Vikings Chris Houston missed the game as his wife went into labour, but reality is he would have made little difference to a team out performed all over the pitch.
Within six minutes the writing was on the wall with James Roby having far too much pedigree for a frozen widnes defence, waltzing past full back, Rhys Hansbury, before offloading to Zeb Taia to open the scoring . Widnes born Danny Richardson added the two and at 6-0 it was a comfortable start for saints .

Five minutes later England international Johnny Lomax again broke the Vikings line only to be hauled down by joe mellor. But the speed of the play by a very fast St. Helens back line saw the classy Mark Percival scramble into the corner to take a 10-0 lead.
The Vikings momentarily started to show some of the form from their gutsy performance against Hull, when Welshman Gil Dudson hit the saints line hard, but the supporting Heremaia came up short. Saints started to take control of this game with some strong runs into the widnes half before Adam Swift outmuscled Stefan Marsh for the first of his three tries. Saints 14 Widnes 0.

The Vikings tried hard for the remainder of the half and in Chapplehow, and Dudson they have strongly performing forwards, however, just before the break a delicate pass from Luke Douglas sent Louis McCarthy -Scarsbrook over for the four. What an exceptional player LMS has been for St. Helens always playing with a pride and passion that you simply cannot buy. At 20-0 down going into the half, the Vikings seemed to be in for one hell of a hammering .

Saints started strongly into the second half and Regan Grace, the little welsh wizard, was looking dangerous, only to be forced into touch by Krisnan Inu and young Owen Buckley . Surprisingly the Vikings opened the scoring as the versatile Danny Craven ran onto a clever Mellor pass, with Inu converting.

The widnes comeback was short lived with Johnny Lomax having too much class for an awe struck Widnes defence. Lomax slipped through the defence at speed placing an inside pass for the supporting Theo Fages to take the four with Richardson converting.

At 26-6 Saints were now at their brilliant best with glorious fast paced movement all across the pitch . One of these resulting in Adam Swift diving over the line for his second try of the game, at 30 -6 the game was over with only pride at stake for the Vikings. Despite a spirited last quarter from the Vikings , winger Adam Swift completed his treble with Richardson converting .

This was a solid and impressive performance from a very well coached St. Helens team and one can only feel that they had a lot more in the tank. For widnes, losing has become a habit and that mindset needs to change pretty soon If they are to retain their place in super league.

St Helens: Lomax; Swift, Costello, Percival, Grace; Fages, Richardson; Amor, Roby, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin

Interchanges: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Lees.

Widnes: Hanbury; Marsh, Runciman, Inu, Buckley; Mellor, Craven; J Chapelhow, A Heremaia, Dudson, Wilde, Hauraki, Gerrard.

Interchanges: Whitley, Olbison, Leuluai, Walker.

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