Widnes Vikings 38-16 London Broncos

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16th September 2017

Widnes Vikings claimed a vital victory on Saturday afternoon as they ran out 38-16 winners over London Broncos.

The away side posted the first points of the afternoon as prop forward Mark Ioane crossed the try line. The Broncos were put into position through a penalty for a late hit from Dudson, and on the following set, Ioane crashed onto a flat pass from Sammut to touch down. Sammut added the extras.

The Vikings looked to have levelled the scores up through Chris Houston shortly after going behind, as he touched down from a Gilmore kick, but the try was ruled out by the video referee as Dixon had been tackled in the air. Again, the Vikings were denied shortly afterwards as Ryan Ince’s effort was ruled out, as he knocked the ball on in trying to score.

Denis Betts’ side were eventually rewarded when Matt Whitley grabbed his first try of the Qualifiers. The second rower crashed onto a short Joe Mellor pass to break the line and touch down. White couldn’t convert the try.

The Vikings made it a quick-fire double on the back of penalties to put them into position through Lloyd White. The hooker darted out from dummy half, spotted the gap in the London line and barged over the try line under the sticks. White converted his own try to hand the Vikings a four point lead.

The home side extended their lead further, following dominance in terms of territory and possession as Danny Craven crossed for the Vikings’ third try of the afternoon. Danny collected a brilliant ball from Mellor out the back and the full back was put into space and touched down easily. White added the extra two points from the conversion.

More points posted in the first half were from the boot of Lloyd White, as he was hit late by Matty Gee, who was sin-binned, and Lloyd got back up to add an extra two points to give the Vikings a 12-point lead at the break.

The Vikings superbly added another try on the hooter with a try of the season contender .Ed Chamberlain, Stefan Marsh and Danny Craven did superbly to keep the ball alive and the ball went through a number of Vikings hands before finding Runciman, who dummied and got the ball down. Lloyd White missed the touchline conversion.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 22-6 London Broncos

The Vikings continued the game in the ascendency and scored early through Danny Craven. A penalty put the home side into position, and a superb short ball from Gilmore put Craven into space to grab his second of the game. White missed the conversion.

The Broncos responded well to the Craven try and reduced the deficit through Jarrod Sammut. A penalty put London into position, and Sammut collected a ball from dummy half, side-stepped well and scored under the sticks. Sammut converted his own try.

Vikings half back Joe Mellor crowned his 150th Widnes appearance with a try to extend the home side’s lead. In a typical manner from Joe, he collected a pass and wemt by himself, evading a couple of defenders and outstretching his arm to get the ball down. Tom Gilmore added the conversion.

London rallied once more and, with 13 minutes left on the clock, cut the lead again through Kieran Dixon. In a set in which the Broncos threw the ball around, a ball eventually bounced loose into Dixon’s path and the winger got over from close range. Sammut missed the conversion. 

In a carbon copy of the first half, the Vikings scored on the hooter as Joe Mellor superbly chipped over the top on the last tackle to collect and touch down for a double. Tom Gilmore added the extras to bring a well earned result to a conclusion. 

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 32-16 London Broncos

Widnes: Craven, Marsh, Runciman, Chamberlain, Ince, Mellor, Gilmore, Dudson, White, Buchanan, Whitley, Houston, Burke. Subs: Cahill, Gerrard, Olbison, D. Walker.

London Broncos: Walker, Williams, Kear, Pewhairangi, Dixon, Sammut, Barthau, Battye, Ackers, Ioane, Gee, Pitts, Davis. Subs: Spencer, Cunningham, Garside, Bienek.


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