ACADEMY: Widnes Vikings 10-24 St Helens

ACADEMY: Widnes Vikings 10-24 St Helens

15th March 2018

A close game turned the way of St Helens when Sam Walters was shown the yellow card, and in his absence, the visitors scored two tries to ensure victory.

The game began with St Helens kicking out on the full but Widnes couldn't capitalise and two unforced errors, followed by a penalty gave the visitors a chance to clear their lines.  

In a close and a tense affair, where both sides were forced into errors under pressure from their opponents, the game struggled to flow.

However, they then put together their best bit of rugby in the game when the ball was moved across the pitch and Owen Buckley produced an outrageous pass to put Sam Freeman over.  Lloyd Roby converted from the touchline to give Widnes a six point advantage. 

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings U19s 6-0 St Helens U19s 

Widnes began the second half applying concerted pressure to the Saints line. A try was denied for a forward pass and then Sam Freeman's acrobatic effort in the corner was ruled out for a foot in touch. 

Then came the incident that changed the course of the game. Sam Walters was guilty of a dangerous tackle and was given 10 minutes in the sin bin and in his absence St Helens scored 12 unanswered points.

From the resulting penalty, Matthew Foster scored and then full back Jack Welsby waltzed through the Widnes defence to score under the posts.  

Second rower Chris Follin then rampaged over from 50 metres for the try of the game, and with Callum Hazzard converting two of the three tries, Saints led 6-16.  

Widnes rallied and Danny Walker burrowed over from short range to reduce the arrears but from the restart they knocked on and St Helens showed no mercy as Elliott Jenkins touched down close to the posts. 

Widnes gave a penalty away and the away side decided to take the two points on offer. Hazzard missed with one effort but three minutes from time he completed the scoring with his fourth success of the match.

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings U19s 10-24 St Helens U19s 


Widnes Vikings

Keanan Brand, Tyler Jones, Jayden Hatton, Owen Buckley, Sam Freeman, Chris Wilson, Owen Farnworth, Danny Walker, Pat McCarroll, Sam Walters, Calum O'Neill, Liam Walsh. SUBS: Jarrod O 'Connor, James Rutledge, Bradley Calland, Josh Wilde.

Tries:  Freeman, Walker.

Goals:  Roby 1/2


St Helens

Jack Welsby, Thomas Nisbet, Cameron Brown, Joshua Simm, John Hutchings, Jake Wingfield, Elliot Jenkins, Alex Eckley, Paul Nash, Jorge Lewtas, Chris Follin, Sam Royle, Callum Hazzard. SUBS: Brandon O'Neill, Joseph Sharratt, Kye Siyani, Matthew Foster.

Tries:  Foster, Follin, Jenkins, Welsby.

Goals: Hazzard 4/6


HT  6-0

FT   10-24

Pens 8-16

ACADEMY: Widnes Vikings 10-24 St Helens