Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Papua New Guinea's Wellington Albert stars: Widnes Vikings 6-28 St Helens

by Phil Cartwright, bbc.com

Super League: Widnes Vikings 6-28 St Helens

Widnes Vikings (6) 6
Try: Albert Goal: Gilmore
St Helens (16) 28

Tries: Morgan, Percival 2, Barba, Makinson 2 Goals: Richardson 2

St Helens maintained their four-point lead at the top of Super League with a six-try win at neighbours Widnes.
Ryan Morgan and Mark Percival put the visitors 10-0 up but injury-hit Vikings were rewarded for a spell of pressure when Wellington Albert crashed over.
Mark Percival took his tally of Super League tries in 2018 to nine with his double against Widnes
Percival's second restored Saints' 10-point lead before the interval.
Ben Barba's controversial score and a double from Tommy Makinson, the second his 100th try for St Helens, sealed a comfortable victory.
Leaders St Helens looked on course for a convincing victory when they raced ahead early on, but the introduction of Papua New Guinea prop Albert from the bench inspired Widnes into a response.
Luke Douglas' yellow card early in the second period offered the hosts further hope, which was quickly snuffed out when full-back Barba stepped through the Vikings' back line to score his 10th Super League try of the season.
However, it should not have stood as slow-motion replays showed the Australian had lost control of the ball in the act of grounding it over the line.
A young Widnes side emerged from the defeat with credit, despite winger Makinson twice finishing acrobatically in the corner to reach his personal milestone and increase the margin of victory.

Widnes: Craven; Marsh, Chamberlain, Runciman, Ince; Heremaia, Gilmore; Gerrard, Johnstone, Chapelhow, Olbison, Wilde, B Walker.

Replacements: Burke, Leuluai, D Walker, Albert.

St Helens: Barba; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Fages, Richardson; Amor, Roby, Thompson, Peyroux, Taia, Wilkin.

Replacements: Smith, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles.

Referee: Chris Kendall

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