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Super League play-offs: Clinical St Helens thrash Hull KR
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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.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||24||21|
|10||Salford Red Devils||24||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||24||8|
|Thursday 28th August|
|20:00||Warrington vs Huddersfield|
|Friday 29th August|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Leeds vs St Helens|
|Saturday 30th August|
|17:00||Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 31st August|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Salford|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
|Friday 15th August|
|St Helens 40 - 16 Wakefield|
|Salford 34 - 22 Catalan Dragons|
|Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford|
|Thursday 14th August|
|Hull K R 14 - 14 Wigan|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos|
|Widnes 28 - 10 Hull K R|
|Wakefield 18 - 36 Huddersfield|
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