Wins for St Helens and Leeds
A review of Friday night's action in the First Utility Super League as St Helens and Leeds Rhinos both claim victories.
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St Helens remain top of the First Utility Super League table but their 44-22 victory over Widnes was achieved at some cost with scrum-half Luke Walsh carried off on a stretcher with a nasty lower leg injury.
Initially it looked like it was going to be a straight forward win with Saints leading 32-0 early on in the second half thanks to tries from Mark Flanagan, Tommy Makinson (twice), Mose Masoe (twice) and Jordan Turner.
But Widnes hit back with three touchdowns in five minutes to make it a contest, before Makinson completed his hat-trick and Willie Manu got in on the scoring, with Rhys Hanbury getting a late consolation try for the visitors.
Leeds overcame the absence of Kevin Sinfield to maintain their challenge for top spot with a hard-fought 22-18 success that brought Salford's three-match winning run under former Leeds captain Iestyn Harris to an end.
The Rhinos' 22-18 victory keeps them just two points behind leaders St Helens but deals a major blow to the play-off hopes of the Red Devils, who are now four points behind eighth-placed Widnes with five matches left.
Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Carl Ablett and Stevie Ward scored Leeds' tries while Junior Sau, Theo Fagues and Jordan Walne crossed for the home side.