St Helens 52-10 Hull KR

Three tries from in-form winger Ade Gardner helped St Helens to a convincing 52-10 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at the GPW Recruitment Stadium.nnGardner’s first two tries established Saints’ lead in the first quarter, and by the time his third came in the closing moments the game was over as a contest.nnRovers, who last week pushed St Helens all the way in the Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter finals, never looked like gaining revenge on the home side.nnThe first 15 minutes were evenly balanced, but Gardner, ably assisted by centre Matt Gidley, touched down twice at the corner, Sean Long converting both.nnGidley himself crossed twice with Maurie Fa’asavalu touching down between his two scores, Long converting each try to give Saints a 30-0 lead at the half-time interval.nnLeon Pryce opened the second-half scoring for the home side after eight minutes but the visitors hit back to give the final score a hint of respectability.nnFirst Michael Vella touched down to get the Robins off the mark, and then Shaun Briscoe added a second, Paul Cooke goaling, to make the score 36-10.nnBut St Helens hit back when Gardner added his third of the game, Long converting again to give himself a 100 per cent record with the boot.nnAnd the home side had the final say when Willie Talau crossed and Paul Wellens followed suit, the full back converting his own try to set the seal on a comprehensive victory.nnnSt Helens – 52 nnT: Gardner (15, 19, 69); Gidley (24); Fa’asavalu (31); Gidley (37); Pryce (48); Talau (74); Wellens (77) nG: Long (16, 20, 25, 32, 38, 49, 70); Wellens (78) nnHull Kingston Rovers – 10 nnT: Vella (59); Briscoe (63) nG: Cooke (64) nnHT:30-0nnRef: P Bentham nnAtt: 8,404

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