Match Report

Monday 2nd April 2018, 15:05
Super League - Round: 9

Widnes Vikings

(6) 6

Widnes Vikings
VS.

St Helens

28 (16)

St Helens

1 Tries

Wellington Albert,

TRIES

Tries 6

Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival 2, Ben Barba, Tommy Makinson 2,

1 Goals

Tom Gilmore,

GOALS

Goals 2

Danny Richardson 2,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance:   Official: C Kendall  Venue: Halton Stadium

Full Time Report

Mark Percival and Tommy Makinson both scored two tries as St Helens maintained their four-point cushion at the top of Betfred Super League with a comfortable 28-6 win at Widnes Vikings.

Percival’s two well-worked first-half tries laid the platform for Saints’ second win of the Easter weekend, with Makinson diving over for two trademark finishes after the interval.

The visitors ran in six tries in total, with Ryan Morgan starting the scoring and Ben Barba crossing in the second half, while Wellington Albert’s first Super League try, converted by Tom Gilmore, got Widnes on the board.

However, there is little rest for the league leaders as they host Hull FC on Friday, where they could briefly open up a six-point advantage over second-placed Wigan Warriors and third-placed Warrington Wolves, who both play on Saturday.

Saints head coach Justin Holbrook said: "I’m really happy to come away with the win. It was tough conditions out there and I’m really pleased to get the points.

"I’m really proud of the playing group as 16 players of the 17 that played against Wigan on Good Friday have backed that up today and played here at Widnes. It’s a credit to the players.

"Our handling was very, very good and there was some good skill levels shown out there. It was a good test for us and to come away with the victory is exactly what we wanted."

Widnes boss Denis Betts said: "We just got beaten by a very good side.

"We made silly errors that has given them 18 points. They played with confidence and they are running well. They picked their strongest side and it looked like they had plenty of energy and you do get that from confidence and they have plenty of it.

"I can’t knock the players for energy, effort and fight but there’s stupidity in our game which is killing us.

"We are on the cusp again. We don’t want to be in the dogfight mentality that makes you freeze. If you are playing in the Widnes first team, you are playing for a reason and you have to show Super League qualities."