REPORT: Widnes Vikings 36-10 Leigh Centurions

REPORT: Widnes Vikings 36-10 Leigh Centurions widnesvikings.co.uk
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22nd June 2017

Widnes Vikings emphatically beat Leigh Centurions 36-10 to record their third successive victory at the Halton Stadium. 

The Vikings started like a house on fire, and turned pressure into points when Chris Bridge was able to put the ball down after a Joe Mellor grubber kick had bounced over the top off Rawsthorne and into the in-goal. Bridge couldn’t add the extras. 

Three minutes later and Chris Houston extended the score further after brilliant work from Rangi Chase. Chase ran laterally across the line, gave a nice drop off ball to Houston but continued his run to confuse the Leigh defence and allow Houston a walk-in try. Bridge added the extras.

Jack Buchanan was then held up over the line, confirmed by the video referee, This was followed by Chase being unable to get on the end of his own grubber and the video referee again denied the Vikings. 

However, Denis Betts’ side would up the gears late in the second half and scored in the corner with Corey Thompson going over. Tom Olbison brilliantly offloaded the ball in the tackle out to White, who went down the left edge and the ball finally found Thompson who twisted and turned to dive over in the corner. Bridge couldn’t add the extras from the touchline. 

The Vikings scored once more before the break as Co-Captain Chris Houston grabbed his second. The Vikings kept the ball alive, as Mellor gave the ball to White, and Lloyd half-broke the line and hit Houston on a flat line and he barged over from close range. Bridge added the extras on the hooter.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 20-0 Leigh Centurions

Neil Jukes’ side would rally early in the second half and scored as they shifted the ball left, and a long pass found Rawsthorne and he walked in. All of this was following good work from Ryan Hampshire in making the original break. Drinkwater converted. 

The Vikings’ lead was cut further as Atelea Vea scored. The Centurions created space on their left edge, after good work from Hampshire earlier on, and Drinkwater hit Vea on a flat pass and he muscled over. Drinkwater couldn’t add the extras.

The Centurions were threatening the Vikings’ line once more, but in a pressure-changing moment, a Leigh pass hit the ground and Thompson picked up the ball and ran 70 metres to score. Chris Bridge added the extras. 

The game was sealed shortly afterwards as Ryan Ince then crossed over for a try. Chris Bridge brilliantly broke the line, drew in full-back Brown and offloaded to Ince and he walked in. Danny Craven couldn’t convert. 

The Vikings’ victory was then sealed as the final hooter sounded, as a Leigh pass hit the ground, it was picked up by Ince, who offloaded onto Joe Mellor. Joe drew in the winger, and passed out to Whitley who finished just like an experienced winger in the corner. Craven sealed the victory wonderfully with a conversion from the touchline. 

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 36-10 Leigh Centurions

Widnes Vikings: Craven, Thompson, Bridge, Runciman, Ince, Mellor, Chase, Dudson, Heremaia, Buchanan, Houston, Whitley, Cahill. Replacements: O'Carroll, White, Gerrard, Olbison.

Leigh Centurions: Brown, Dawson, Crooks, Paterson, Rawsthorne, Hampshire, Drinkwater, Burr, Pelissier, Weston, Vea, Hansen, Stewart. Replacements: Hood, Tickle, Maria, Hopkins.

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