U20s Seal Vikings Triumpth

SAINTS eased to a 54-18 win over Widnes Vikings U20s, writes Graham Henthorne.

Jayden Sandford opened the scoring taking Mark Percival’s pass to slide in at the corner punishing a Viking error.

Joe Greenwood continued his push for First team rugby scoring twice in as many minutes both courtesy of passes from his Oldham compatriot Danny Yates. The first saw him crash over the line from short range and the second from a well worked scrum move after the Vikings restart had gone out on the full.

Alex Trumper got the fourth try to keep up the point a minute scoring as he stretched over the line.

The Vikings got back into it as poor tackling down the middle allowed them to score twice with the resultant boost to the confidence that always follows.

A Gaskell break on the stroke of half time gave Yates the easiest of tries as he followed his half back partner to the posts.

Despite a polite reminder from the coaching staff at the interval to tighten up the tackling the Saints let the visitors in again on their first possession of the half, although there was a suspicion of a knock on.

A classic dummy and hand off saw Lee Gaskell stretch the lead again but it was 20 minutes of mediocrity before anything else of note happened.

A drive and quick play the ball from Ant Walker gave Percival the chance to put his other winger James Hill in at the left corner and Ian Cross was first to pounce on a fumbled cross kick from Gaskell for the eighth try of the night.

The Vikings scored a consolation before sub Aaron McCloskey rounded off the scoring with his first try in the red vee at the whistle.

Match Summary:
St Helens U20s:

Tries: Jayden Sandford, Ian Cross, James Hill, Lee Gaskell, Danny Yates, Alex Trumper, Joe Greenwood 2, Aaron McCloskey.
Goals: Jamie Foster 9.

Widnes U20s:
Tries: Dec Hulme, Mick Donoghue, Ben Davies, Liam Thompson .
Goals: Jack Owens.

Half Time: 30-6
Full Time: 54-18

St Helens U20s:

1. Jamie Foster; 2. Jayden Sandford, 3. Mark Percival, 4. Ian Cross, 5. James Hill; 6. Lee Gaskell, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Jordan Hand, 9. Dom Speakman, 10. Anthony Walker, 17. Alex Trumper, 12. Joe Greenwood, 13. Danny Jones.
Subs: 14. Lewis Foster, 16. James Tilley, 11. Aaron McCloskey, 15. Joe Bate.

Widnes U20s Team:
1. Jack Owens; 5. Mick Donoghue, 4. Owen Livesey, 3. Dec Hulme, 2. Kieran Butterworth; 6. Chris Atkin, 7. Grant Gore; 8. Ben Davies, 9. Evan Simons, 10. Alex Gerrard, 11. Josh Crowley, 12. Scott Cullen, 13. Brad Davies.
Subs: 14. Sam Singleton, 15. Matty Norton, 16. Liam Thompson, 17. Ryan Stokes.

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