Liverpool St Helens kept pace with the leaders in the ADM Premier League with a convincing win over first time visitors to Moss Lane, Trafford MV. Treating the crowd to a fine display of running rugby they rattled up four tries in the first half to claim the all-important bonus point and then ran in five more in the second half for good measure.

The first try came in the 11th minute and was probably the best due to its simple but faultless execution, passing through each of the backs before winger Josh Lynch touched down. Alex McBride landed the touchline conversion to begin a sequence of near perfect goal kicking, eventually finishing with 8 out of 9 successes. Danny Webster was the next man over the try-line after good work from Alex Kean before the visitors rallied and were awarded a penalty try. McBride notched the third in the 35th minute after latching on to a pass from Darren Wilson and the little general himself made sure he was on the score sheet with a fine try after help from a John Arnold run. This saw LSH with a 26-7 lead at half time.

The indefatigable McBride popped up early in the second half to receive a pin-point pass from Wilson before sprinting over for the fifth score, before the next sequence of scores saw the very best of Matt Cunliffe. First, he continued one of the many direct runs made by Danny Webster to race under the posts and then scored a superb solo effort using power and pace to burst through the Trafford defence.

To their credit the visitors did not give up and replied in the 62 minute with a close range try before Josh Lynch put LSH further ahead with a try down the right wing. Replacement winger Lee Holland, on his first appearance since the New Year, finished things off, sprinting over for the ninth try.


15 Kean 14 McBride 13 Cunliffe M 12 Cunliffe D 11 Lynch 10 McClurg 9 Wilson 1 Gore 2 Bonati 3 Heywood 4 Donlevy 5 Hall

6 Hull 7 Houlton 8 Webster 16 Williamson 17 Arnold 18 Kearns 19 Holland

John Williams