REPORT: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos

REPORT: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos widnesvikings.co.uk
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29th May 2017

Widnes Vikings produced a brilliant performance to beat Leeds Rhinos 28-20 at the Halton Stadium.

It would be Brian McDermott’s side who would grab the first try through Ash Handley. Brad Singleton was able to offload the ball in the tackle, and then the Rhinos shifted the ball left out to Handley who was able to muscle over. Liam Sutcliffe couldn’t add the extras.

The Vikings would respond though, and it would be full back Rhys Hanbury who would level up the scores. Hep Cahill was put into clear space by Jordan Johnstone, who offloaded back to Jordan, who was tackled. On the next tackle, the Vikings shift the ball right and it ended in Hanbury’s hands who was able to dive over. Chris Bridge couldn’t add the extras.

The scores wouldn’t stay level for long, and Leeds would score through Kallum Watkins. Joel Moon ran the ball on the last tackle, his pass inside ricocheted off a Widnes defender into the in-goal and was easily collected by Watkins to score. Sutcliffe this time added the conversion.

Leeds would then extend their lead through Stevie Ward. A quick move to their left edge eventually found Stevie Ward who was able to muscle over from close range. Sutcliffe missed the conversion.

But the Vikings would respond quickly and Ryan Ince would grab his first of the afternoon with an acrobatic finish. Chase ran the ball laterally, fired a ball out to Chris Bridge who offloaded out to Ince in the tackle, who finished outstandingly in the corner. Chris Bridge couldn’t add the extras.

Two minutes later, the Vikings would add another try through the other winger, Corey Thompson. Chase’s high kick to the corner was patted back by Charly Runciman, picked up by Corey Thompson and Corey finished well in the corner. Chris Bridge missed the conversion to make it 14-12 at the break.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 12-14 Leeds Rhinos

The Vikings would respond first in the second half, and would take the lead for the first time in the game through Aaron Heremaia. On the back of a penalty that put them into attacking position, Heremaia darted out from dummy half, spotted a gap, and dived over. Chris Bridge was able to add the extras.

But Leeds would respond quickly, and Adam Cuthbertson would put them back in-front. Cahill fumbled a pass from dummy half, the ball was picked up by the Rhinos and eventually found Cuthbertson who was able to muscle over from close range. Sutcliffe added the extras.

The Vikings would not be denied, though, as Ryan Ince grabbed his second of the afternoon. The Vikings shifted the ball right and Sam Wilde put Ince into space with just the full back to beat. With supporting Vikings inside him, Ryan decided to back himself against Sutcliffe, and rounded him superbly to score. Chris Bridge added the extras.

Vikings winger Corey Thompson would then seal the victory for Denis Betts’ side as he followed up on a Rangi Chase grubber kick into the in-goal and was able to get a hand to with the ball running dead. Chris Bridge couldn’t add the extras but the Vikings saw the game out to grab a vital two points.

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos

Widnes Vikings: Hanbury; Thompson, Bridge, Runciman, Ince; White, Chase; Dudson, Johnstone, Buchanan, Houston, Wilde, Cahill.

Replacements: Heremaia, Olbison, J Chapelhow, Manuokafoa.

Leeds: L Sutcliffe; Briscoe, Watkins, Handley, Hall; Moon, Burrow; Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Ward, Ferres, Jones-Buchanan.

Replacements: Garbutt, Mullally, Baldwinson, Walters.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas 

REPORT: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos widnesvikings.co.uk