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  • Puletua, Gardner, Laffranchi, Walmsley, Thompson,
    Goals: Makinson (4),
28 - 35

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  • Clarke, Pickersgill, Marsh, Mellor, Owens (2),
    Goals: Craven, Owens (4),
    Drop goals: Craven,
  • Super League
  • 3rd May 2013
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 11,438

Super League: Widnes end losing streak against St Helens

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Widnes ended a run of 16 straight defeats again St Helens with a thrilling 35-28 triumph at Langtree Park on Friday night.

The Vikings' success was their first ever over their rivals in Super League, while Nathan Brown's struggling Saints have now not registered a victory since beating Castleford on Easter Monday.

The visitors ran in three tries in a five-minute spell to go 28-12 ahead at the break and despite their best efforts, Saints could not find a way back.

Both teams were missing key players through injury but it was Widnes who coped the better of the two; Jack Owens starred as a stand-in for Rhys Hanbury at full-back, scoring two tries and also kicking four goals.

Debut try

Saints actually went ahead after only three minutes when Luke Thompson marked his home debut with a try from Tony Puletua's pass, Tommy Makinson converting.

Although Widnes levelled with a converted score from Steve Pickersgill, the hosts moved ahead again when Anthony Laffranchi ran onto a perfectly-weighted kick from Nathan Ashe.

From then on, though, the Vikings dominated the rest of the half; Owens raced past Ashe and Paul Wellens on an angled run to score and they moved ahead for the first time with a try from Jon Clarke.

Joe Mellor's darting break sent Stefan Marsh over and the scorer then turned provider for their next try, putting the impressive Owens through for a score that the youngster also converted.

Saints were jeered off at half-time but gave themselves some hope when Ade Gardner, back from suspension, had a walk-in try after 47 minutes with Makinson converting off the touchline.

Yet Widnes responded in fine style, Mellor latching onto Kevin Brown's kick as Widnes took a 34-18 lead just before the hour mark.

Puletua's powerful finish gave St Helens some hope, only for it to be extinguished by Danny Craven landing a drop goal in the 76th minute to make the gap too big with so little time remaining.

Although Alex Walmsley crashed over it was no more than a consolation for Saints, though there was little positive to take out of a fifth straight defeat that leaves them clinging on to eighth place in the table.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 25 38
2 Castleford Tigers 25 34
3 Wigan Warriors 25 33
4 Warrington Wolves 25 33
5 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
6 Leeds Rhinos 25 32
7 Catalan Dragons 25 25
8 Widnes Vikings 25 25
9 Hull K R 25 21
10 Wakefield Wildcats 25 21
11 Hull FC 25 20
12 Salford Red Devils 25 19
13 Bradford Bulls * 25 8
14 London Broncos 25 2
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