1. Top v bottom games can meander a bit, Saints did what was necessary but it was probably a mismatch against a team that is already resigned to fighting for their Super League place in the Middle 8s.

It is a shame to see Widnes like this; pretty strong derby rivals for Saints in the 70s, 80s and early 90s and a hot bed of rugby league. (See Danny Richardson and Mark Percival).

It would be unfortunate that at a time when they are genuinely producing good young players (two games in for young wing Owen Buckley, who may be as skinny as a rake, but he was alert and super safe catching those high ball.)

With Toronto licking their lips, there will be no scope to slip in the Qualifiers because any team dropping out this team could face a Herculean task in climbing back up.

2. The absence of Ben Barba, Tommy Makinson and Ryan Morgan showed the depth of Saints squad.

In their places all the players coming in performed with credit, but hats off in particular to Adam Swift to grab three tries.

A hometown lad, he plays with real enthusiasm and a smile on his face.

With the form of Makinson and Regan Grace limiting his starts this year, Swift played with real determination - from running the ball in hard returning the kicks to using every ounce of strength and power of evasion to squeeze in that corner.

Had there not been the odd ankle tap, knock on etc, he could have had another two or three.

3. Swift's display does again give coach Justin Holbrook food for thought.

Makinson's form this year means he is un-droppable and he will come straight back in, but you never know whether there is still scope to shuffle the back line.

Already this year Makinson has played centre, when Swift has come in.

It won't necessarily happen but it is an option to keep all on their toes ahead of the big games to come this next few weeks.

4. Barba's absence was expected after Holbrook had explained at the start of the week about his leg injury.

But what a stand-in! Jonny Lomax had an outstanding game reverting to full back, linking up well, showing his full skill set and having a key role in most of Saints tries.

The one he set up for Theo Fages was a tremendous piece of play, with a fine dummy and turn of pace to boot.

Barba has been outstanding for Saints - but it is re-assuring to see that they are not a one-man team.

5. James Roby took a bit of a knock in the first half - and with no natural dummy half on the bench, probably for the first time this year, it did mean a couple of them had to put a shift in until he returned.

Roby's thrusts and line breaks from dummy half was immense from the outset and his key role in setting up Zeb Taia's try showed his value to the side.

Lomax was man of the match for me, but I could also see why someone watching that passage of play alone gave it to Robes.

6. Just when the campaign to encourage Saints fans not to throw beer at matches looked as though it has got through, the television coverage of England football gatherings at Croydon, Newcastle, Leeds and Nottingham probably set that back. The commentators appeared to applaude the enthusiasm of the crowd based on the volume and the amount of beer spraying through the air during their raucous celebrations. One step forward.......