Super League: St Helens stay top after big win against Widnes
Last Updated: 25/07/14 11:22pm
Tommy Makinson: Scored a hat-trick in St Helens' win over Widnes
St Helens held on to top spot in the First Utility Super League after cruising to a 44-22 victory over Widnes at Langtree Park.
Saints led 32-0 early on in the second half thanks to tries from Mark Flanagan and Jordan Turner, while Tommy Makinson and Mose Masoe ran in two scores each.
Widnes hit back with three tries in five minutes to make it a contest, before Makinson completed his hat-trick and Willie Manu got in on the scoring, with Rhys Hanbury getting a late consolation try for the visitors.
In the end it was a straightforward win for the Saints but the success may have come at a cost as scrum-half Luke Walsh was carried off on a stretcher with a nasty-looking lower leg injury.
Saints opened the scoring after seven minutes when Walsh sent Flanagan in, with Mark Percival adding the extras and the hosts were soon back on the scoresheet when Makinson gathered Flanagan's kick wide to touch down.
Further pressure told on 28 minutes when Masoe proved unstoppable from close range. He had further to run for the next try, leaving Vikings fullback Hanbury with no chance as he steamrollered his way over. Percival goaled again to make it 22-0.
Vikings then lost back-rower MacGraff Leuluai to the sin-bin after numerous indiscretions just before the interval, and after the break Masoe's offload allowed Turner to put Makinson in under the posts.
Makinson returned the compliment with another neatly taken try three minutes later, but the visitors enjoyed a blistering five-minute spell after Cameron Phelps opened their account.
The Vikings were in again shortly after with a long range move that was again finished off by Phelps. A long delay then followed after Walsh was carried off with his legs strapped together.
When the break ended Widnes went the length of the field with Stefan Marsh racing 80 metres, rounding Paul Wellens and going in under the sticks. Danny Tickle slotted the goal and the score was pegged back to 32-16.
After that Saints managed to stem the flow and ended any hopes of a dramatic comeback by moving the ball well for Makinson to go in at the corner for his third.
Four minutes later the Widnes backline was breached again, with Manu pouncing on an attempted clearance to go over the line.
Hanbury had the last word when his momentum took him over in the dying stages, with Tickle tagging on the goal.
First Utility Super League
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield Giants24 - 24Leeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC24 - 20Salford Red Devils
St Helens44 - 4Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors60 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves22 - 20Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers36 - 28Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red DevilsvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
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