Super League  Thursday 1st May 2014  Langtree Park  Att: 9,408

Squad

Lomax, Makinson, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Flanagan, Walmsley, Percival, Greenwood, Walker, Thompson, Forster, Savelio.

Squad

Atkins, Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Greenwood, Krasniqi, Macani, McMeeken, Minns, Slyney, Solomona, Vea, Wallace, Wicks, Woodburn-Hall.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mark Flanagan

Josh Jones

Joe Greenwood

Adam Swift

Lance Hohaia

Tom Makinson

Jonny Lomax

Luke Walsh

Matty Dawson

GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mike Bishay

Thomas Minns

Denny Solomona

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Full Report

Match Official: M Thomason

Australian Luke Walsh showed his class as St Helens ended a run of three successive defeats to return to the top of First Utility Super League.

Walsh scored one of his side's nine tries and kicked six goals in a 48-18 victory over London that leaves the Broncos still looking for their first win of 2014.

Saints' much-needed victory was cheered by chairman Eamon McManus, who had described his club's losses to Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos as "upsetting as anything" he has experienced in his 14 years at the helm.

Saints, who left out skipper Paul Wellens, were also indebted to England hooker James Roby as they dominated the game from start to finish.

It took the home side only five minutes to score their first try, centre Matty Dawson pouncing after Jon Wilkin's grubber kick on the last tackle eluded London winger Iliess Macani.

Walsh dummied his way past some soft defence four minutes later and, after Dawson and co-centre Josh Jones were brought down inches short of the line, kept his side on the attack with a 40-20 kick.

Prop Luke Thompson offloaded from a two-man tackle just short of the line to send over Jonny Lomax, who then took an audacious reverse pass from Walsh to break clear and get winger Tom Makinson over for his 13th Super League try of the season.

Camped deep inside their own half, it was 30 minutes before London handled the ball in their opponents' territory and they pulled a try back almost straight away, with winger Denny Solomona taking Ben Farrar's cut-out pass to cross at the corner.

Josh Drinkwater kicked the touchline conversion and Solomona was in the action again six minutes later but with horrific consequences as he went head first into a metal hoarding behind the posts after chasing a kick from Drinkwater.

It was close to the spot where Australian second rower Luke Lewis sustained a dislocated shoulder in the Kangaroos's group win over Fiji in November that ruled him out of the rest of the World Cup.

Solomona was able to get to his feet after receiving treatment but he played no further part in the match and the pain went on for his team-mates.

The Londoners had shown signs making a game of it in the final 10 minutes of the first half but they were blown away inside five minutes of the restart.

They fell for another of Walsh's outrageous dummies to let his half-back partner Lance Hohaia over for a try and two minutes later Dawson broke from his own half to get his winger Adam Swift over.

The Broncos' biggest threat came from the boot of Drinkwater, and centre Thomas Minns got on the end of one of his high kicks to sprint 30 metres for his side's second try and Drinkwater kicked his second conversion.

However, Saints continued to boss the game and a break by England hooker Roby set up the position for Hohaia to put forward Joe Greenwood over and Walsh was involved in the move that saw centre Jones go in for their eighth try on the hour.

A superb offload from forward Atelea Vea created a third try for the Londoners through Mike Bishay but Saints had the final say when substitute Mark Flanagan forced his way over two minutes from the end.

 

Match Action

  • 77m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 76m
    try

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 74m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 73m
    try

    Mike Bishay

    London Broncos

  • 63m
    interchange_on

    Mike McMeeken

    London Broncos

  • 63m
    interchange_off

    Alex Foster

    London Broncos

  • 62m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 61m
    try

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 55m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 54m
    try

    Joe Greenwood

    St Helens

  • 51m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 51m
    try

    Thomas Minns

    London Broncos

  • 47m
    try

    Adam Swift

    St Helens

  • 45m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 44m
    try

    Lance Hohaia

    St Helens

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Carl Forster

    St Helens

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Nick Slyney

    London Broncos

  • 41m
    interchange_on

    James Greenwood

    London Broncos

  • 41m
    interchange_off

    Jon Wallace

    London Broncos

  • 40m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Atkins

    London Broncos

  • 40m
    interchange_off

    Denny Solomona

    London Broncos

  • 35m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Joe Greenwood

    St Helens

  • 33m
    try

    Denny Solomona

    London Broncos

  • 29m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Carl Forster

    St Helens

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 26m
    try

    Jonny Lomax

    St Helens

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Nick Slyney

    London Broncos

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Mose Masoe

    St Helens

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Jon Wallace

    London Broncos

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    James Greenwood

    London Broncos

  • 12m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 11m
    try

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 8m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 6m
    try

    Matty Dawson

    St Helens