Toronto Wolfpack 20-12 Widnes Vikings

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22nd September 2018

Picture courtesy of Toronto Wolfpack.

Widnes Vikings were beaten 20-12 by Toronto Wolfpack on Saturday afternoon, with results elsewhere confirming their relegation to the Betfred Championship.

Francis Cummins made just one change for the trip to Lamport Stadium, as Chris Dean returned to action in place of Jay Chapelhow.

The Vikings opened the scoring after 12 minutes, as they made a repeat set 10 metres from the Wolfpack line count. Owen Buckley did well to step inside from his wing and find Chris Dean, putting the second rower through a hole before Joe Mellor raced over in support. Krisnan Inu was on target with the conversion, making it 6-0.

From the restart, a head collision between Charlie Gubb and Ashton Sims resulted in the former losing possession, placing the visitors under pressure. After a penalty and a goal-line drop-out, Cory Paterson forced his way over from close range to get Toronto off the mark, with Gareth O’Brien levelling the scores with the conversion.

Inu edged the Vikings back ahead on 21 minutes, as back-to-back penalties gave the Vikings centre the chance to send over a routine penalty goal.

Three minutes later, the home side were reduced to 12-men after Chase Stanley was sin-binned for a crusher tackle on Buckley, who after receiving treatment was able to continue.

Despite having a player in the bin Toronto were able to capitalise on a Vikings knock-on, as from the resulting set a cut-out pass from O’Brien sent Matty Russell over in the corner for an unconverted try on 32 minutes.

O’Brien attempted to extend the host’s advantage soon after with a penalty goal, however it drifted just wide and the Vikings went into the break trailing by two points.

Half-time: Toronto Wolfpack 10-8 Widnes Vikings

After three minutes of the second period, the away side hit back as Liam Finn’s delayed pass sent Dean through a hole in the defence and the back rower beat O’Brien to score. Inu couldn’t improve the effort from out wide, and the Vikings led 12-10.

Paterson thought he had added his second try of the game, but a last-ditch effort from Sam Wilde forced the ball from the forward’s grasp over the line. Up the other end of the field, Harrison Hansen forced his way over from close range only to find a similar fate as he spilled possession trying to wrestle the ball to the floor.

On 56 minutes, Toronto managed to edge back in front as Blake Wallace darted over from dummy half on the last tackle, and O’Brien’s conversion made it 16-12 to the hosts.

The Wolfpack denied the Vikings a response soon after as a brilliant tackle on Chris Houston held him up over the try line, before O’Brien dragged another penalty goal attempt wide.

O’Brien made no mistake with a penalty on the 67th minute though, as Dean held on too long in the tackle and the Wolfpack fullback knocked over the two-pointer. He added another two points with the boot three minutes later, as a ball-steal led to the home side opening up an eight-point lead.

The Vikings chased a two-score deficit in the final stages, however they couldn’t unlock the Toronto defence as they fell to a 20-12 defeat.

Full-time: Toronto Wolfpack 20-12 Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings: Joe Mellor, Patrick Ah Van, Krisnan Inu, Charly Runciman, Owen Buckley, Joe Lyons, Liam Finn, Charlie Gubb, Lloyd White, Harrison Hansen, Weller Hauraki, Chris Dean, MacGraff Leuluai. Interchage: Danny Walker, Chris Houston, Tom Olbison, Sam Wilde.

Tries: Mellor (12), Dean (43) Goals: Inu 2/3

Toronto Wolfpack: Gareth O’Brien, Mason Caton-Brown, Chase Stanley, Gary Wheeler, Matty Russell, Josh McCrone, Blake Wallace, Darcy Lussick, Bob Beswick, Ashton Sims, Andrew Dixon, Cory Patterson, Jacob Emmitt. Interchange: Andy Ackers, Adam Sidlow, Jack Buchanan, Olsi Krasniqi.

Tries: Paterson (17), Russell (32), Wallace (56) Goals: O’Brien 4/7 Sin-bin: Stanley (Crusher tackle, 24)

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