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
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 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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