Super League play-offs: Clinical St Helens thrash Hull KR
Last Updated: 14/09/13 7:48pm
Adam Swift: Ran in hat-trick during easy St Helens win
Adam Swift ran in a hat-trick as a rampant St Helens eliminated Hull KR from the Super League play-offs with a 46-10 victory.
The contest was effectively over by half-time as the hosts ran in six tries before the break at Langtree Park.
Rovers had dominated St Helens on three occasions this season, twice winning during April and then again in May, but were not given a look in during Saturday's clash.
The result means St Helens will play Leeds in one of the preliminary semi-finals, while Hull FC will take on Huddersfield in the other clash.
The visiting side actually made a bright start and capitalised with a try as Lincoln Withers went close before Liam Salter touched down.
But Saints responded by pouring forward, scoring three tries in five minutes.
The first was beautifully created by Jonny Lomax for Francis Meli to power over, then full-back Lomax stabbed a kick through which Swift pounced on to score the second.
The Saints onslaught continued when James Roby cut through poor Rovers tackling and Sia Soliola strolled in from 50 metres.
With Rovers now firmly under the cosh, Anthony Laffranchi had a try ruled out by video official Ben Thaler after Tony Puletua had knocked on in the build-up.
But the next try came after 31 minutes when Lance Hohaia dummied his way through and offloaded to Jordan Turner to cross the line.
Turner slotted over his fourth successful conversion and at 24-4 the game was already effectively over.
There was no coming back for Rovers as Tommy Makinson dived in for Saints' fifth try and Swift chimed in for good measure to make it 34-4 at half-time.
Kris Welham thought he had got one back for Rovers after 47 minutes but it was chalked off by Thaler, and Saints replied with another try as Roby connected with Hohaia for a simple score.
Swift was next to benefit to grab his hat-trick as the hosts, but Michael Dobson, in his final match before leaving for the NRL, had the final say by converting Craig Hall's effort late on.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, play-offs week 1
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