St Helens 26-10 Widnes Vikings

St Helens 46-28 Catalans Dragons

Report

St Helens proved too strong for Widnes at the Totally Wicked Stadium as they kept their top four hopes alive with a 26-10 victory.

The Vikings came into the game with confidence after recent wins over Leeds and Catalans and they had opportunities, particularly in the first half, to make it an uncomfortable night for Saints.

However, Denis Betts side just weren’t good enough on the night as they failed to take advantage of a St Helens side who were far from their best.

The first 20 minutes of the game were very forgettable with both sides unable to keep hold of the ball and build any sort of pressure.

Widnes had most of the chances but they were unable to capitalise and inevitably they were made to pay for this as the hosts landed a quick-fire double.

Having started the game poorly, the Red Vee produced a moment of quality when full-back Jonny Lomax got away a lovely offload for Regan Grace to race clear, he then found Mark Percival on his inside to score.

Like London busses the tries came in twos for the Saints as Grace went from provider to scorer, again showing blistering pace down the left-hand side and this time he was able to get over the line himself.

Widnes came out for the second half trailing by 10 points and in need of the first score and they got it eight minutes in.

After some sustained pressure, the ball was spread wide and winger Ryan Ince continued his fine try scoring run with another four-pointer in the corner.

Unfortunately, this didn’t mark the start of a memorable night for the Vikings and their travelling support as Saints took control of the game in the final 25 minutes.

England prop Alex Walmsley continued his fine season with a trademark powerful run through the defence from close range, Percival’s conversion making it 16-4.

Now in control again Justin Holbrook’s side started to play some slick rugby and they took another opportunity moments later, creating numbers on the right for centre Ryan Morgan to dive in.

Danny Craven scored under the posts for Widnes with 10 minutes to play but the home side had the last laugh as Theo Fages was rewarded for a quick charge down, collecting the loose ball to score.

Percival added the extras to make the final score 26-10, a result that sees Saints climb above arch rivals Wigan into sixth on the Super League ladder.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back000000
2Tommy MakinsonWing000000
3Ryan MorganCentre100000
4Mark PercivalCentre130001
6Theo FagesStand Off100000
7Matty Smith 24Scrum Half000000
8Alex Walmsley 14Prop100000
9James Roby 20Hooker000000
10Kyle Amor 16Prop000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
13Louie McCarthy-ScarsbrookLoose Forward000000
14Luke Douglas 8Interchange000000
16Luke Thompson 10Interchange000000
20Morgan Knowles 9Interchange000000
24Danny Richardson 7Interchange000000
28Regan GraceWing100000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row000000
 Total 530001

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
10Jack Buchanan 23Prop000000
11Chris Houston 25Second Row000000
12Matt WhitleySecond Row000000
13Hep CahillLoose Forward000000
15Gil Dudson 20Prop000000
17Stefan MarshCentre000000
20Manase Manuokafoa 15Interchange000000
21Jack JohnsonFull Back000000
23James Chapelhow 10Interchange000000
25Tom Olbison 11Interchange000000
28Ryan InceWing100000
31Jordan Johnstone 32Hooker000000
32Danny Craven 31Interchange110000
33Aaron HeremaiaScrum Half000000
40Rangi ChaseStand Off000000
 Total 210000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 9, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens101626
Widnes Vikings01010