Rush - We’re back on track

Caretaker coach Mike Rush

Caretaker coach Mike Rush

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CARETAKER boss Mike Rush insists St Helens are back on track after blitzing Widnes 62-0 in a 11-try romp tonight.

Teenager Adam Swift, on his home debut, bagged a hat-trick and Anthony Laffranchi scored two tries for St Helens who had James Roby in dazzling form.

It meant a second win over Widnes in a week for Saints who had to withstand a late comeback to win 40-38 in the Carnegie Challenge Cup last week.

“Our goal was to defend better than last week and that was achieved,” Rush said.

“We knew last week was not a Saints benchmark but this was just that. Offensively we were also much better.”

Swift made his first Saints appearance at Widnes last week but stamped his class on the contest tonight.

The 19-year-old also had to overcome the death of his grandfather Harold, who was chairman of local amateurs Blackbrook for many years.

A minute’s silence was held for Harold before the kick-off and Rush added: “Adam did really well. He’s had a tough week but all his family can be proud of him.”

Rush added: “It is unfair to single out individuals in such a convincing team performance but Anthony Laffranchi had a great game and not many props score two tries.”

Widnes boss Denis Betts was left bemoaning his side who remained rock bottom of the Stobart Super League.

“Some of our stuff was embarrassing,” he said.

“Saints were hot but the difference between our electricity last week and this was huge. We are trying desperately hard for the spark but it is very frustrating.

“I feel for the fans who see a little bit of something one week and then we follow it up like this.

“We conceded far too many penalties but that’s due to frustration.”