St Helens inflicted their second win over Widnes Vikings in six days as they followed up last week’s cup win with a comprehensive 62-0 rout at Langtree Park. In contrast to last week’s nervy finish following a late Widnes revival in the 40-38 Challenge Cup win, things were much less stressful for the Saints this time around as they scored 11 unanswered tries to record their highest margin of victory of the season.
Following a period of pressure, Sia Soliola set the Saints ball rolling on the 10-minute mark as he attacked the Widnes edges and powered over near the corner. Lomax converting from the touchline to make it 6-0. Captain Paul Wellens added a further score before prop Anthony Laffranchi posted the next two tries to put the Saints 22-0 up. Then Saints’ fifth came on the back of a delightful move from Saints’ own half involving Lomax and Hohaia. From the position, Meli drove in, passing it out to James Roby who in turn found Shenton who tipped it on to yound Adam Swift for the first of his eventual hat-trick on his home debut for Saints.
26-0 down at halftime, things did not get easier for basement club Widnes with six further tries scored against them. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plucked Hohaia’s kick from the air to kick off the second half’s scoring before Andrew Dixon finished off a move for Saints’ seventh.
Michael Shenton finished off a passing move out wide to the right before Mark Flanagan picked up his first try in the Red Vee, being the first to react to a chip kick. After Widnes’ best chance of getting themselves on the scoreboard, as Saints had made a last-gasp tackle on their line, Francis Meli’s counter-break set up the position for Saints’ next. Despite the Samoan winger being caught by Paddy Flynn, Adam Swift was able to ease through for his second of the night. With five minutes remaining there was time for Swift to complete his hat-trick on an emotional night for the youngster, with a minute’s silence being held before kick-off for the passing of his grandfather, Harold Swift MBE. Lomax’s ninth successful goal completed the rout to take the scoreline to 62-0 much to the majority of the 14,243 crowd’s contentment.
Super League XVII Round Twelve results:
St Helens 62-0 Widnes Vikings
Leeds Rhinos 34-18 Catalans Dragons
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 26-22 Salford City Reds
Hull FC 12-56 Wigan Warriors
Warrington Wolves 54-6 Castleford Tigers
Bradford Bulls 6-20 Huddersfield Giants
Hull KR 44-16 London Broncos
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