Halifax RLFC Past Meetings

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10th August 2017

Widnes Vikings take on Halifax RLFC on Sunday 13th August at the MBi Shay Stadium in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers. The Vikings will be looking to put on a big performance and secure the result at this pivotal stage of the seasn. 

To whet the appetite for the action, we take a look back at some of our recent games against the Yorkshire side...


2017 - Widnes Vikings 30-0 Halifax RLFC (Friendly)

Widnes Vikings ran out comfortable 30-0 winners as they stepped up their preparations for the Betfred Super League season. 

In a rain-drenched afternoon at the Halton Stadium, MacGraff Leuluai opened the scoring as he got onto the end of a Craven grubber kick into the in-goal to touch down to make it the only score of the first half.

The Vikings were quick out of the blocks in the second half and Charly Runciman crossed the line after good work from Matt Whitley on his inside created space for the centre to score.

Denis Betts’ side extended the lead further as Patrick Ah Van scored a walk-in try after Corey Thompson drew in the defenders to put Ah Van into space to score. 

Danny Craven then crossed for a try, as he dummied at the line to find a gap and stroll over to cap a fine individual performance. MacGraff Leuluai grabbed a rare brace as he charged onto a flat pass, broke the line and rounded Connor Robinson to score. 

The scoring for the afternoon would end as winger Ryan Ince crossed on the set following Leuluai’s try. Good hands from Corey Thompson and Tom Armstrong put Ince in, and he finished well in the corner to make it 30-0 and a good afternoon’s work for the Vikings.

Widnes: Hanbury, Thompson, Armstrong, Runciman, Marsh, Craven, Gilmore, Dudson, Johnstone, Buchanan, Whitley, Houston, Leuluai. Subs: Burke, J. Chapelhow, Olbison, B. Walker, T. Chapelhow, Ah Van, Dean, Brooks, D. Walker, Ince

Halifax: Robinson, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Butler, Worrincy, Murrell, Johnstone, Cahalane, Kaye, Tangata, Grady, Bent, Fairbank. Subs: Boyle, Ambler, Nelmes, Moore, Morris, Punchard


2016 - Halifax RLFC 18-28 Widnes Vikings (Challenge Cup)

Denis Betts’ side ran out 28-18 winners at The MBi Shay to progress to the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup.   

Aaron Heremaia opened the scoring with a close range effort, outmuscling two Halifax defenders to put down, before Halifax replied through Jason Saltonstall after a sweeping move put him in at the corner. 

Lloyd White then restored the Vikings’ lead with a burrowed effort from dummy half, then Chris Houston crashed onto a short Joe Mellor flat pass to make it a two-score lead. Halifax rallied and Adam Robinson evaded two Vikings tacklers to score after collecting a Murrell pass, then levelled it up as Miles Greenwood collected a Murrell chip kick to touch down.

The Vikings responded to this Halifax comeback with a prolonged period of pressure late in the game, and were rewarded as Charly Runciman scored in the corner after good work from Heremaia inside him from dummy half. the cup tie was sealed as forward Jay Chapelhow was first to react to a Mellor reverse kick to touch down under the posts and put the Vikings into the next round of the Challenge Cup.

Halifax: Greenwood; Sharp, Smeaton, Tyrer, Saltonstall; C. Robinson, Murrell; Bennion, B. Moore, Tangata, Manning, Heaton, Fairbank. Subs: Johnston, Kaye, R. Moore, A. Robinson.

Widnes: Hanbury, Thompson, Runciman, Dean, Chamberlain, Mellor, Heremaia, Cahill, White, Dudson, Houston, Sa, Leuluai. Subs: Manuokafoa, Whitley, J. Chapelhow, Johnstone.


2015 - Halifax RLFC 0-14 Widnes Vikings (Super 8s, The Qualifiers)

A brace from Vikings debutant Charly Runciman gave the Vikings an important 14-0 victory against Halifax to give Denis Betts’ side a great start to their Super 8s, The Qualifiers campaign. 

Following a scoreless and tense first half, the Vikings posted the first points of the game when a towering Kevin Brown bomb was patted back by Danny Tickle in the arms of Hanbury, who passed out to Runciman to score close to the left hand corner. 

The Vikings extended their lead further as Alex Gerrard crossed the try line. Chris Clarkson and Danny Tickle went close on the previous tackles, but Gerrard wasn’t to be denied as he charged onto a Kevin Brown inside pass to beat three Halifax defenders and touch down. 

The game was sealed on the next set, as Runciman grabbed his second try of the game. Rhys Hanbury half broke, offloaded to the supporting Danny Galea who drew in the full back Johnston and passed to Runciman to stroll over and hand the Vikings the points.

Halifax: Johnston; Saltonstall, Heaton, Tyrer, Saxton; Robinson, Murrell; Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane, Moore, Manning, Fairbank. Subs: Ambler, Bracek, Maneely, Barber.

Widnes: Hanbury; Marsh, Dean, Runciman, Ah Van; Brown, Mellor; Gerrard, Heremaia, Dudson, Clarkson, Galea, Isa. Subs: White, Cahill, Tickle, Manuokafoa.


2011 - Widnes Vikings 47-36 Halifax RLFC (Co-Operative Championship)

An early hat-trick from Danny Hulme handed the Vikings a 47-36 victory to get their first victory in four matches in the Co-Operative Championship.

The Vikings were off to a great start as 20-year old Hulme bagged himself a 10-minute hat trick to put Denis Betts’ side into an early 16-0 lead at the Halton Stadium. 

Michael Ostick reduced the deficit for the away side after Holroyd and Black created space for him on the inside to score, before Simon Finnigan restored the Vikings’ advantage as he touched down before Tangi Ropati from a Chaz I’Anson kick. 

Halifax responded once more to the try with an effort of their own as Lee Paterson ran in from 15 metres to touch down, but dual-registration signing Logan Tomkins crossed the try line shortly afterwards to keep the Vikings in control.

Further tries from Thomas Coyle and a second for Logan Tomkins pushed the home side’s lead further. However, Halifax would respond through Dylan Nash before the break to give the Vikings a 38-18 lead at half-time.

Halifax scored first in the second half as White crossed after good work from Lee Paterson, but Simon Finnigan restored parity as he pounced onto an Aizue error to score. Sam Barlow was the next to score for Halifax as he supported a Ben Black break to score under the posts.

Chaz I’Anson settled a few nerves with a drop goal to make it 45-30, but the away side scored the fourteenth and final try of the afternoon as Nash barged over from close range to grab his second score. Steve Tyrer added a late penalty for the Vikings to see them over the line for a 47-36 victory. 

Widnes: Hulme, Flynn, Ropati, Tyrer, Gardner, Mellor, I’Anson, Varkulis, Coyle, Kavanagh, Finnigan, Leuluai, Allen. Subs: Grady, Houghton, Tomkins, Sculthorpe.

Halifax: Greenwood, White, Paterson, Haley, Worrincy, Black, Holroyd, Ostick, Beswick, Gannon, Chandler, Bannister, Fairbank. Subs: Nash, Aizue, Penkywicz, Barlow.


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