Rush’s relief at last-gasp Widnes win

Saints' acting head coach Mike Rush.
Saints' acting head coach Mike Rush.

SAINTS snatched a last-gasp 24-23 victory over Widnes to climb back to third place and stretch their unbeaten run to five matches.

Widnes, who have already beaten Huddersfield and Wigan at the Stobart Stadium, had looked set to claim another major scalp when they led 23-18 thanks largely to a hat-trick of tries from winger Patrick Ah Van.

But Saints denied them following a 79th-minute try from centre Josh Jones and a cool touchline conversion from Lee Gaskell with the last kick of a thrilling encounter.

Saints acting coach Mike Rush saluted goalkicker Gaskell.

He said: “It was a great touchline conversion by Lee but I don’t think it should have got to that. We had a lot of possession and didn’t take our chances.

“There were a couple of dubious calls and Paul Wellens got the ball over the line fair and square.

“I’m sure Lance Hohaia scored under the posts too and if I’m wrong when I look at the video I will be surprised.”

But Rush was also quick to hail the Vikings’ efforts.

He added: “(Coach) Denis Betts is building a good side and they have shown a massive improvement in defence. But we showed a lot of character to nick a victory at the death.”