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LIVERPOOL ST HELENS 34 WIDNES 7

Liverpool St Helens registered a bonus point victory over Widnes in South Lancashire/Cheshire One. Although LSH were well worth their win, the margin of victory was a bit harsh on Widnes who had competed well throughout, only to concede three tries in the last ten minutes.

Both sides worked hard and produced some decent rugby despite the award of  

33 penalties, just over one every two minutes.

After an even opening period Widnes took the lead in the 15th minute with a try down the left wing after a kick and chase. Converted 0-7. Five minutes later Dan Filson's penalty attempt hit the left hand post and was gathered up by the LSH forwards leading to a series of mauls before Paddy Royle's unmistakeable blue headgear could be seen crashing over for a try. Filson converted 7-7.

Not long after, LSH edged into the lead with an excellent score when a Chris Houlton  break was swung down the blindside by Darren Wilson to Mark Potter who cleverly passed to flanker Sam Ward who outpaced the Widnes defence to score in the right hand corner to make it 12-7 which is how it stayed until half time.

A Dan Filson penalty early in the second half extended LSH's lead , 15-7, before the game meandered along giving no indication of what was to come in a frantic last ten minutes.

A clearance kick from the Widnes defence was returned into open space by Darren Wilson for Jake Hodson to appear out of nowhere and beat everyone to the ball which by now had rolled to the Widnes try line. Converted by Filson 22-7. Immediately after the restart both sides received a red and yellow card after a brawl.

LSH picked up the pace of the game again and striving for the bonus point try pressured the Widnes line in the right hand corner before being awarded a penalty try. 29-7. Wilson , who had another busy and influential game, rounded the afternoon off with a solo dash around the Widnes defence to score. 34-7.

Team


15 Filson 14 Kean 13 Cunliffe M 12 Cunliffe D 11 Hodson 10 Johnston 9 Wilson D capt).   1 MaCauley 2 Houlton 3 Fryer 4 Royle P 5 Potter 6 Webster 7 Ward 8 Kearns 16 Williamson 17 Gore 18 Rawsthorne. 

John Williams