REPORT: Warrington Wolves 34-20 Widnes Vikings

REPORT: Warrington Wolves 34-20 Widnes Vikings widnesvikings.co.uk
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14th May 2017

Widnes Vikings were 34-20 beaten in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup by Warrington Wolves, but a valiant effort nearly secured a passage into the next round from a youthful Vikings side.

After a quiet opening ten minutes in which both sides would go set-for-set, it would be the Vikings that would open the scoring by Greg Burke. On the back of a penalty won by Patrick Ah Van, Heremaia darted out from dummy half and fired a flat pass to Burke who manages to muscle over from close range in front of the outstanding travelling support. Ah Van added the conversion from in front of the sticks.

The lead would only last a few minutes as Ryan Atkins would level things up five minutes later. Warrington were put into position on the back of a penalty in which Hanbury forced Jullien into touch but was ruled a second effort. After going close a couple of tackles beforehand, Atkins took a short pass and managed to evade tacklers to score. Stefan Ratchford added the extras to make it 6-6.

Rhys Hanbury was then sent to the sin-bin after holding down on Kevin Brown after the half-back had stolen the ball 1-on-1 from Ah Van. A minute later, Ashton Sims barged over, but the try was ruled out by the video referee after an outstanding tackle from Eamon O’Carroll had kept the prop forward from putting the ball down.

A minute later, and the Wolves would score through ex-Viking Kevin Brown. Brown collected the ball at first receiver, threw a dummy and was able to get over the line from close range. Ratchford again added the extras to give the Wolves a six point lead at the break.

Half-Time: Warrington Wolves 12-6 Widnes Vikings

The Vikings came out in the second half quicker than their opponents and would level the scores up through young forward Jay Chapelhow. After going close a couple of times before, the Vikings academy product hit a short ball and was superbly put the ball down one-handed. Patrick Ah Van added the extras.

The Vikings would take the lead for the second time in the match through a Patrick Ah Van penalty goal and the Vikings were now two points in front. 

However, the Vikings’ lead would not last long as Kevin Brown was able to dummy and muscle his way over the try line to score his second of the afternoon, in similar vein to his try in the first half. Ratchford added the extras. The Warrington fullback would then add two more points through a penalty to add to the Wolves’ tally which stretched their lead to six points. 

The Vikings would again rally and would score through Patrick Ah Van. Danny Walker would create an outstanding break for himself and would race downfield before passing to Ah Van who was just able to get the ball down despite efforts from Lineham and Brown. Ah Van converted his own try.

The home side would then gain control of the game and would score again through Kevin Brown, who grabbed his hat-trick try, by being able to put the ball down despite being surrounded by four Widnes defenders. Ratchford this time couldn’t convert the try. 

Matty Russell would then increased the lead further for the Wolves after sidestepping Danny Walker, and finished with an acrobatic finish in the corner. Ratchford again couldn’t add the extras from the touchline.

Chris Hill would then round off the afternoon for the home side with a walk-in try after hitting a short ball to score under the sticks. Stefan Ratchford added the extras to round of the day’s scoring. 

Full-Time: Warrington Wolves 34-20 Widnes Vikings

Warrington Wolves: Ratchford, Russell, Hughes, Atkins, Lineham, Brown, Patton, Hill, Gidley, Sims, Jullien, Westwood, Cooper. Subs: Philbin, Crosby, G.King, Smith.

Widnes Vikings: Hanbury, Roby, Runciman, Walsh, Ah Van, Mellor, Johnstone, Buchanan, Heremaia, Dudson, Cahill, Olbison, Burke. Subs: Manuokafoa, O’Carroll, J.Chapelhow, D.Walker.

Referee: James Child

REPORT: Warrington Wolves 34-20 Widnes Vikings widnesvikings.co.uk