Widnes Vikings 16-14 St Helens

Widnes Vikings 16-14 St Helens

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Widnes Vikings secured their first home win of the Super League campaign against an inconsistent St. Helens side that can’t seem to find their form.

Saints started the game just inside the top eight, with Widnes propping up the table from bottom spot.

And the home side showed incredible endeavor as they put behind them previous results and put in a performance that showed belief, grit and determination.

Widnes claimed the victory with a brace from Patrick Ah Van and a first half Joe Mellor try, despite St. Helens coming back twice through Theo Fages and Matty Smith.

The Vikings started the game stronger and were rewarded in the 13th minute as Mellor crossed the whitewash for their first try. He fed a neat ball into Rhys Hanbury who then passed back inside, the ball rebounded off Zeb Taia and Mellor happily collected it to put Widnes in front.

But St. Helens responded just four minutes later, Greg Richards pinged the ball to Fages and the Frenchman just managed to hold onto the ball to level the scores.

Widnes had put in a first half performance that was a far cry from their bottom of the league status.

And they scored next, but Chris Kendall needed the video referee to confirm Ah Van’s first try. The winger finished off a wonderful set of passes down the left hand side of the field to go over in the corner. Matthew Fleming had given away a cheap penalty in the middle of the pitch, and Widnes took full advantage to restore their six-point lead.

The first half was evenly matched as both sides threatened the opposition’s line, but Saints had the last say through Smith who rolled his way over despite pressure from the Widnes defence. Mark Percival added the extras to ensure his side went in level at half time.

Saints took the momentum from the end of the first 40 into the second half and seemingly stepped up a gear in the opening exchanges.

Percival edged them two points in front with a penalty three minutes in, but the Vikings resilience in defence paid off. They held off an onslaught of four repeat sets on their line from St. Helens, and darted up the other end for Ah Van to score his second of the night, putting Widnes two points ahead with nine minutes left.

Saints could not find an answer and Widnes were able to celebrate a wonderful 80-minute performance and will look to kick start their season from here.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back000000
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
5Patrick Ah VanWing200001
6Joe MellorStand Off100000
7Tom GilmoreScrum Half020000
10Jack Buchanan 18Prop000000
11Chris Houston 12Second Row000000
14Chris DeanSecond Row000000
15Gil Dudson 23Prop000000
16Alex GerrardLoose Forward000000
31Jordan Johnstone 35Hooker000000
12Matt Whitley 11Interchange000000
18Greg Burke 10Interchange000000
23James Chapelhow 15Interchange000000
35Danny Walker 31Interchange000000
17Stefan MarshCentre000000
 Total 320001

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
4Mark PercivalCentre030000
5Adam SwiftWing000000
6Theo FagesStand Off100000
7Matty SmithScrum Half100000
10Kyle Amor 8Prop000000
12Jon WilkinSecond Row000000
16Luke Thompson 13Loose Forward000000
17Tommy Lee 20Hooker000000
19Greg RichardsProp000000
22Matty FlemingCentre000000
25Ricky BaileyFull Back000000
28Regan GraceWing000000
36Zeb Taia 18Second Row000000
8Alex Walmsley 10Interchange000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 16Interchange000000
18Dominique Peyroux 36Interchange000000
20Morgan Knowles 17Interchange000000
 Total 230000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
April 21, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Widnes Vikings12416
St Helens12214