Widnes Vikings 30-0 Halifax RLFC

Widnes Vikings 30-0 Halifax RLFC widnesvikings.co.uk

15th January 2017

Widnes Vikings ran out convincing 30-0 winners in their second pre-season fixture of the season against Halifax RLFC.

In a rain-drenched afternoon at the Select Security Stadium, it was the Vikings that started the game in the ascendency, and the home side were the first team to threaten to open the scoring. Danny Craven, filling the void left by Joe Mellor from the Festive Derby, managed to evade two tackles and get himself over the try line, but in the effort of putting the ball down, knocked the ball on and Halifax survived.

But the Betfred Super League side were not to be denied for much longer and after numerous knock-ons in the wet and slippy conditions, it was Vikings forward Macgraff Leuluai who opened the scoring. A quick grubber into the in-goal area caused mayhem in the Halifax defence, and it was the Kiwi forward who was first to react and get to the ball to touch down. Rhys Hanbury added the extras to make it 6-0.

After a wonderful 40-20 from half-back Danny Craven, the Vikings thought they had added to the scoreline as Gilmore thought he had scored after another grubber kick wasn’t fielded by the away side, but the referee changed his mind and ruled a goal line drop out to keep the score at 6-0 at the break in a first half of very little chances and many handling errors.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 6-0 Halifax RLFC

It was the home side who were quickest out the blocks for the second half, and managed to extend their lead through Charly Runciman. After a solid set had pushed the Vikings into Halifax’s 20 metres, the Vikings went down the short left side and Whitley drew a man brilliantly to create the space for Runciman, who hit a short ball to barge over from close range. Stefan Marsh missed a difficult conversion from the touchline. 

Denis Betts’ side didn’t have to wait long to extend their lead further as they were handed another set of six deep into Halifax’s 20 metres, and a sweeping move to the left hand wing found Corey Thompson in acres of room, who only had to draw in the Halifax winger Worrincy and pass to Patrick Ah Van for an easy walk in at the corner. Another difficult conversion was missed by Stefan Marsh to keep the score at 14-0.

The Vikings were now starting to get a roll on and putting a lot of pressure onto the Halifax line, and were able to force a mistake through Rob Worrincy dropping a high bomb from the brilliant Craven. A couple of tackles later and the Vikings were over, as Craven dummied to one defender and evaded the tackle of another to slide over for a brilliant solo try. Patrick Ah Van missed another difficult conversion to make it 18-0. 

Worrincy was the Halifax player to suffer another handling error in these wet conditions, dropping another high bomb and handing the Vikings another chance to post points. From that error, Macgraff Leuluai ran a great line, broke through the Halifax defence after collecting the short pass and rounded full-back Connor Robinson to claim his second try of the afternoon. Tom Gilmore added the easy extras to make it 24-0.

On their clearing set from the kick-off, the Vikings received a penalty for a late flop in the tackle, and were able to push themselves once more into attacking territory. Danny Craven, who was involved in most good things the Vikings did this afternoon, ran laterally to the right and offloaded to Corey Thompson and good hands from him and Tom Armstrong on the right hand side allowed youngster Ryan Ince to dive over in the corner to complete the scoring for the Vikings. Gilmore brilliantly converted from the touchline to make it 30-0 and rounded off a convincing win for the Vikings with St Helens in the Karalius Cup awaiting them a week today.

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 30-0 Halifax RLFC

Widnes Vikings: Hanbury, Thompson, Armstrong, Runciman, Marsh, Craven, Gilmore, Dudson, Johnstone, Buchanan, Whitley, Houston, Leuluai

Interchanges: Burke, J. Chapelhow, Olbison, B. Walker, T. Chapelhow, Ah Van, Dean, Brooks, D. Walker, Ince

Halifax RLFC: Robinson, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Butler, Worrincy, Murrell, Johnstone, Cahalane, Kaye, Tangata, Grady, Bent, Fairbank

Interchanges: Boyle, Ambler, Nelmes, Moore, Morris, Punchard

In addition, the Vikings will be looking to retain the Karalius Cup for the third year running as they face St Helens on Sunday 22nd January 2017, Kick off 3pm. 

The Vikings ran out 30-16 winners in the corresponding fixture last season with an impressive all round team display and will be looking for more of the same as they return to the Totally Wicked Stadium in 2017.

St Helens (A)

Members Price

Adults - £10 

Concession - £8 

Young Adult - £8 

Junior - £5

General Advanced Ticket Price

Adult - £12 

Concession - £10 

Young Adult - £10 

Junior - £6

Karalius Cup tickets are on sale until the 21st January 2017.

All tickets are available to purchase from the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, Widnes or by calling 0151 495 2250

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