Leeds Rhinos 42-22 Widnes Vikings

Leeds Rhinos 42-22 Widnes Vikings

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Brian McDermott’s Rhinos side survived a second half scare as they defeated Widnes 42-22 at Headingley to go joint top of the Super League table.

Leading 30-6 at the break, Leeds were pegged back in the second half as the Vikings got within eight points before late tries from Kallum Watkins and Matt Parcell sealed the win.

They wasted little time in working the scoreboard as Danny McGuire’s kick was brilliantly taken by Watkins who touched down after seven minutes.

Three minutes later Parcell was the right man in the right place as McGuire’s kick hit the underside of the crossbar and fell perfectly for the hooker to score.

Joel Moon was the next man to cross the whitewash as he supported a great run and offload from Adam Cuthbertson; Watkins third successful conversion made it 18-0.

Widnes were visibly struggling but they gave their fans something to cheer about in the 25th minute as Tom Gilmore used his footwork from close range for their first four-pointer.

Normal service was resumed moments later as Moon went over for his second try, the centre exchanging passes with winger Ryan Hall to go in unopposed.

The Vikings were unable to cope with the pace and power of Leeds and a piece of quick thinking from Tom Briscoe saw the winger score on the blindside.

Watkins maintained his 100 percent record with the boot as the Rhinos went in at half-time with a 30-6 advantage.

Denis Betts’ men were able to make the second half more competitive and Gilmore got his second try to reduce the deficit to 18 points going into the final quarter.

Now with momentum, the Vikings started to get excited when Chris Houston scored after debutant Owen Farnworth collected and offloaded Gilmore’s reverse kick.

And incredibly the deficit was reduced eight points going into the final 15 minutes when winger Corey Thompson finished off a flowing move to stun the 15,408 Headingley crowd.

The Rhinos fans nerves were eased though when Watkins crossed for his second try, before Parcell ensured they finished with a flourish, scoring his second with a trademark dummy half try.

Watkins made it seven from seven with the boot as Brian McDermott’s side went joint top of the table with a sixth Super League win in seven matches.

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tom BriscoeWing100000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre270001
4Joel MoonScrum Half200000
5Ryan HallWing000000
6Danny McGuireStand Off000000
8Keith Galloway 17Prop000000
9Matt Parcell 7Hooker200000
10Adam Cuthbertson 24Prop000000
11Jamie Jones-BuchananSecond Row000000
13Stevie WardCentre000000
15Brett Delaney 21Second Row000000
20Anthony MullallyLoose Forward000000
22Ash HandleyFull Back000000
7Rob Burrow 9Interchange000000
17Mitch Garbutt 8Interchange000000
21Josh Walters 15Interchange000000
24Jordan Baldwinson 10Interchange000000
 Total 770001

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Corey ThompsonFull Back100000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
5Patrick Ah VanWing000000
7Tom GilmoreStand Off230000
9Lloyd White 31Hooker000000
10Jack Buchanan 18Prop000000
11Chris HoustonSecond Row100000
14Chris DeanSecond Row000000
17Stefan MarshWing000000
22Ted Chapelhow 15Prop000000
26Tom ArmstrongCentre000000
32Danny CravenScrum Half000000
34Owen Farnworth 37Loose Forward000000
15Gil Dudson 22Interchange000000
18Greg Burke 10Interchange000000
31Jordan Johnstone 9Interchange000000
37Liam Walsh 34Interchange000000
 Total 430000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 17, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Monday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Leeds Rhinos301242
Widnes Vikings61622