Match Report

Friday 8th July 2016, 20:00
Super League - Round: 21

St Helens

(10) 12

St Helens
VS.

Widnes Vikings

10 (6)

Widnes Vikings

2 Tries

Jordan Turner, Matty Fleming,

TRIES

Tries 2

Corey Thompson, Patrick Ah Van,

2 Goals

Mark Percival 2,

GOALS

Goals 1

Rhys Hanbury,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance:   Official: G Hewer  Venue: Langtree Park

Full Time Report

St Helens notched a thrilling 12-10 First Utility Super League derby victory over Widnes Vikings thanks to a late penalty from Mark Percival.

The scores were locked 10-10 until the Vikings were penalised for a high tackle on Jonny Lomax eight minutes from time.

Percival stepped up to boot the goal which earned the hosts the win, and left the visitors still needing a point to be mathematically certain of a top-eight place.

Saints led 10-6 at the interval thanks to tries from Jordan Turner and Matty Fleming, with Percival converting the latter.

But Widnes will consider themselves somewhat unlucky after a battling first half which brought them a Corey Thompson try converted by Rhys Hanbury.

Patrick Ah Van's try made to 10-10 after 56 minutes in an entertaining contest, but St Helens emerged victorious after Percival's penalty proved decisive.

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham hailed his side's defensive effort after securing a third straight win.

"Both sides probably deserved something out of the game," Cunningham said. "Widnes took the second half but we hung in there to win it with that goal in the end.

"It was a character-building performance and it's about time we had a bit of luck."

Vikings coach Denis Betts added: "We were on the end of a couple of tough calls but it was a really good rugby league game.

"They were desperate but we defended really well and are massively disappointed because I thought we did enough to win."