First Utility Super League: St Helens far too good for Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 11/05/14 5:42pm
Luke Walsh: scored 18 of Saints' 50 points
St Helens moved back to within a point of Super League leaders Leeds by hammering struggling Bradford 50-0 at Odsal.
Luke Walsh scored a try and kicked seven goals from nine attempts as Saints demonstrated the yawning gulf in class between the opposite ends of the table with a comprehensive nine-try display.
The visitors touched down four times in the first half and added five more tries in the second.
The relegation-threatened Bulls ended a dismal run of eight straight Super League defeats with battling recent cup and league victories over Catalans and Warrington but this result plunges them back into deep trouble as Wakefield, Salford and Hull KR - the sides immediately above them prior to the weekend - all picked up vital points.
The Bulls actually created the first threating position on the back of two successive penalties but it was the early season league leaders who almost scored the initial try after a Walsh kick caused confusion in the home defence.
It was following a Matt Dawson break, hauled down 20 metres short by stand-in full-back Elliot Kear, that Saints began their ruthless onslaught - the next play resulting in Jon Wilkin going over for the opening try.
Walsh added the conversion from out wide on the left and Mose Masoe nearly added a second but lost control trying to get through heavy traffic to the line.
Just before the half hour mark Lance Hohaia dummied his way clear and Walsh was up in support to score and convert to double the advantage.
Just three minutes later a Walsh chip was patted back by Tom Makinson for Jonny Lomax to claim and ground, although Walsh's kick drifted in the blustery wind onto the post and out.
Antonio Kaufusi and Jay Pitts combined to put Adam O'Brien within half a yard of claiming Bradford's first try but Saints held firm and 45 seconds before the break, Walsh sent Wilkin dashing through between the posts to leave the Lancashire side 22-0 in front and almost home and dry.
Tom Makinson's 14th Super League try of the season set the scoreboard in motion five minutes after the restart Saints other winger Adam Swift was next to cross after some fast handling and a fine dummy and supply pass from Hohaia.
As rain began to pour down Wilkin was denied a hat-trick on the hour by a posse of defenders who managed to hold him up but there was nothing the Bulls defence could do to stop Walsh sending Soliola over just afterwards.
This time the woodwork aided Walsh as the touchline conversion bounced in off of the upright.
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Roby added further tries in the last 10 minutes to hoist the half century.
First Utility Super League
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 Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes 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
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