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SAINTS recorded their fifth win in six matches with a clinical 62-0 win over Widnes Vikings.

Mike Rush’s side ran in 11 tries as they totally overwhelmed a lacklustre but resilient opposition.

Widnes had no answer to Saints power and pace as they led 26-0 at half time.

Widnes tried hard, but the home side were just too strong and an Anthony Laffranchi double, plus further scores from Sia Soliola, Paul Wellens and Adam Swift – on his home debut – made it comfortable.

They were just as strong in defence too – but the match was hardly one for the purists with errors from both sides.

In the second half, further tries from Andrew Dixon, Michael Shenton, Mark Flanagan and a double from Swift (completing his hat-trick) sealed a comprehensive victory.

Saints forced a drop out after Jonny Lomax’ chip through and were then unlucky on their next set as Shaun Magennis – starting at prop – stretched over but just couldn’t get the ball down.

On 10 minutes they did breakthrough; Sia Soliola took on the outside and he was just too big and too strong for the defence.

Lomax converting off the touchline.

Moments later Paul Wellens burst on to a pass to increase the lead and a short drop off ball saw Anthony Laffranchi get over.

Boof bagged his brace with 25 minutes gone, and with Saints in complete control, they grabbed their fifth try of the evening through Adam Swift.

The move began in Saints’ own half; Lomax breaking through and then finding Lance Hohaia. From there, Meli drove in and passed to James Roby.

The ball was then flipped out by Michael Shenton and Swift scored on his home debut.

In the second half, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook plucked Hohaia’s chip out of the air to put down, then Andy Dixon got his fifth of the season.

Michael Shenton punished another indiscretion from the Vikings then Mark Flanagan was the first to react to a chip-through.

With 15 minutes to go Saints made a last ditch tackle on their own line. Widnes then forced the pass but Meli intercepted and despite him being caught by Paddy Flynn, the ball came out and Swift nabbed his second.

And with just five left in the match, he duly clocked up his hat-trick to make his granddad Harold Swift MBE, very proud indeed.

Jonny Lomax finished the night with nine goals from 11 attempts, but the evening belonged to the Swift family.

Match Summary:

Saints:
Tries: Soliola, Wellens, Laffranchi (2), Swift (3), McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Dixon, Shenton, Flanagan
Goals: Lomax (9 from 11)

Vikings:
Tries:
Goals:

Penalties:
Saints: 10
Vikings: 4

HT: 26-0
FT: 62-0

REF: T Roby

ATT: 14243

Teams:

Saints:

1. Paul Wellens; 34. Adam Swift, 3. Michael Shenton, 26. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 18. Shaun Magennis, 9. James Roby, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 13. Chris Flannery, 4. Sia Soliola, 15. Mark Flanagan,
Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Andrew Dixon, 25. Carl Forster.

Vikings:

19. Cameron Phelps; 2. Paddy Flynn, 20. Stefan Marsh, 4. Willie Isa, 5. Patrick Ah Van; 25. Danny Craven, 34. Joe Mellor; 8. Ben Cross, 13. Jon Clarke, 17. Steve Pickersgill, 24. Kurt Haggerty, 11. Frank Winterstein, 12. Hep Cahill.
Subs: 6. Lloyd White, 21. Dave Allen, 22. Macgraff Leuluai, 26. Anthony Mullally.

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