SAINTS saved possibly their worst display of the season for the most important game of the season but got away with it any way, writes Graham Henthorne.
Nearest rivals Hull KR’s defeat at Warrington saw the Saints open an unassailable three-point lead with a 16-14 victory over the Vikings.
Two tries from Corey Lee and one from Mark Percival, against his home town team coupled with goals from Dom Speakman and Jack Jones were enough to take the spoils.
But it took a big defensive effort in the final ten minutes to keep the home side out.
Derek Traynor and his coaching staff were less than pleased with the poor ball retention of the Saints constantly gifting possession back to a good Vikings side.
But a win’s a win and the side can now concentrate on the final two matches of the season away to the Auld Enemy and then at home to their nearest rivals Hull KR in what amounts to a title play off.
Tries: Corey Lee 2, Mark Percival.
Goals: Dom Speakman, Jack Jones.
1. Lewis Charnock; 2. Corey Lee, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Jamie Tracey, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Dom Speakman, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Joe Bate, 9. Callum Welsby, 10. Adam Hesketh, 11. Jordan Case, 12. Nathan Skupski, 13. Greg Richards.
Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 15. Jack Jones, 16. Jack Francis, 17. Chris Webster.