REPORT: Widnes Vikings 22-33 Hull FC

REPORT: Widnes Vikings 22-33 Hull FC widnesvikings.co.uk
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7th May 2017

Widnes Vikings were beaten 33-22 by Hull FC at the Halton Stadium as Lee Radford's scored 33 unanswered points to win the game.

The Vikings would be the side that took the ascendency for 95% of the first half and scored early through Chris Houston. A short pass from Tom Gilmore to Houston puts the Co-Captain into space. Chris decided to go on his own rather than pass out to Runciman and muscled over despite pressure from Hull defenders. Gilmore couldn’t add the extras.

Three minutes later, and the lead was extended as full-back Rhys Hanbury managed to score. A nice offload in the Vikings’ half into the hands of the Australian put him into open space in the middle of the field and Rhys was able to round Shaul to score in the corner. Gilmore added the extras from the touchline.

On the back of two penalties, the Vikings further pushed the lead out through Patrick Ah Van. Hanbury was able to offload in the tackle, the ball landed with Runciman who gave it to the winger who backed himself and scored brilliantly in the corner. Tom Gilmore again added the extras from the touchline.

Ah Van would go on to grab his second of the afternoon with another miraculous finish in the corner. Vikings shift the ball slightly left to Gilmore, who saw Ah Van in space, and kicked over the top to him. Ah Van collected and juggled the ball and managed to get the ball down before the ball hit the deck. Gilmore again brilliantly converted the try from the touchline to push the lead to 22 points. 

The Vikings would not go into the break with a 22-point lead though, as Hull scored almost on the hooter through Jansin Turgut. Hull shifted the ball right to Jamie Shaun, who half-breaks the tackle to offload to the supporting Turgut to score. Sneyd couldn’t add the extras.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 22-4 Hull FC

The away side would start as they finished the first half and would score through Jamie Shaul. Josh Griffin broke the Vikings line and passed to the supporting Shaul to cross over. Sneyd added the extras.

Hull would reduce the deficit further through Carlos Tuimavave. Kelly offloaded the ball to Shaun, who breaks through the middle, and easily passed to Tuimavave to score. Sneyd again converted the try to make it a 6-point game.

The comeback was complete as Albert Kelly crossed for a nice solo try. Hull shifted the ball right in their own half to Kelly, and the half-back breaks into open space and rounded Rhys Hanbury to score. Sneyd added the extra two points to level the scores.

A minute later, and Lee Radford’s side would go in front for the first time in the game as Shaul grabbed his second of the game. Shaul broke Gilmore’s tackle on half-way, broke into open space again, and like Kelly before him, rounded Hanbury to score. Sneyd put Hull six points in front with the conversion. 

Sneyd would further extend the lead with the drop goal to push them two scores in front, and then Danny Washbrook would crown the comeback off nicely with a try in the right corner after good work from Minichiello to start the move. Josh Griffin couldn’t add the extras but FC took the two points.

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 22-33 Hull FC

Widnes: Hanbury; Marsh, Bridge, Runciman, Ah Van; Mellor, Gilmore; Dudson, Heremaia, Buchanan, Houston, Dean, Cahill.

Replacements: Whitley, O'Carroll, Gerrard, D Walker.

Hull: Shaul; Fonua, Connor, Tuimavave, Michaels; Kelly, Sneyd; Green, Houghton, Watts, Washbrook, Minichiello, Thompson.

Replacements: Bowden, Fash, Griffin, Turgut.

Referee: Gareth Hewer

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