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- 3rd May 2013
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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.
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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|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
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