WOMEN: Trinity 52-0 Vikings

WOMEN: Trinity 52-0 Vikings widnesvikings.co.uk

13th June 2018

Whilst the score shows another big defeat for the Widnes Vikings women, the women could take plenty of positives out of a game in which they competed for long periods.

Arriving at the Mobile Rocket Stadium with just 16 players and having 10 players unavailable due to injury and holidays, including 5 of those being just 16 years of age, the Vikings started confidently. They had plenty of possession in the opening minutes and Megan Garvey's neat kick almost created a try but they couldn't break a solid defence.  

However, when Trinity were gifted possession in the Widnes half, they wasted no time in opening the scoring. Straight from a scrum Lisa Taylor scored from 30 metres. Three minutes later Jordan Catling barged over, and with Nicole Austin-Dyson converting, it was 10-0 to Trinity.

A Wakefield error from the restart put Widnes on the offensive but despite the promptings of Meg Jackson, they couldn't get over the line.  Wakefield's forwards made inroads into the Widnes half and Michala Reith touched down.  Trinity then dominated for the rest of the half and tries from Kelly Armistead and Amy Brinkley plus two goals from Austin-Dyson made it 26-0 at the break.

Half-Time: Trinity 26-0 Vikings

Widnes needed a good start to the second half but after conceding a penalty for offside, Wakefield scored and this time it was Kelly Hall with a sixth try for Trinity. Jenny Moss, who gave everything for her team's cause, was on the end of an inventive short restart from Widnes but a handling error brought the attack to a halt.

The rest of the game continued to see lots of effort from a determined Widnes side but they couldn't hold the Trinity back line who scored some excellent tries.  

Lisa Taylor added her second, Amy Brinkley scored from 75 metres, Hannah Watt sliced through for another and then Brinkley scored another long range effort for the last try of the game. Taylor converted three of the tries.  

The final minutes saw Widnes play some of their best rugby of the match.  Meg Jackson's kick to the corner forced a goal line drop out but a score, which they deserved, wasn't forthcoming. 

Casey Naylor had her best game to date.  Lauren Bell, after a heavy tackle in the first half, was eager to return and showed great commitment but overall, despite the score, this was a team who are gradually learning the game. There were good signs that what has been practiced in training is being carried onto the field on match day and if this continues another victory will hopefully be just around the corner.

Full-Time: Trinity 52-0 Vikings

Wakefield Trinity - Amy Brinkley, Saskia Lewis, Lisa Taylor, Kelly Hall, Lauren Groves, Rebecca Brierley, Nicole Austin-Dyson, Jordan Catling, Kelsey Armistead, Dani Swaine, Hannah Watt, Jesse Matthews, Claire Reynard. SUBS:  Michala Reith, Shania Craven, Dani Rose, Codi Tissiman, Ellie Moffatt.

Tries:  Brinkley 3, Taylor 2, Armistead, Catling, Hall, Reith, Watt.

Goals:  Austin-Dyson 3, Taylor 3


Widnes Vikings - Demi-Lea Fisher, Olivia Barnard, Hannah Quirk, Georgina Barnard, Sarah Bazley-Harrison, Jenny Moss, Megan Jackson, Casey Naylor, Megan Garvey, Catherine Bazley-Harrison, Lydia Binsteed, Kirsty Roberts, Emma Dobson. SUBS:  Olivia Hawkett, Lauren Bell, Nina Martin.




HT  26-0

FT   52-0

Pens  4-4


Photo by Mike Robey Photography

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