Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos

Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos

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Widnes pulled off a shock win against high-flyers Leeds on Bank Holiday Monday, coming away with a 28-20 win over the Rhinos. Ryan Ince and Rangi Chase were standout performers as the Vikings continue to try and haul themselves from the foot of the Super League table.

The Vikings tactics were to strike quickly and prevent their opponents from getting an early handle on the game. They managed to build some pressure and came close through Rhys Hanbury in the sixth minute but Joel Moon’s tackle proved enough to deny his fellow countryman.

Despite Widnes’ best efforts, the Rhinos managed to get some decent possession and went over for the game’s first try five minutes later. Some superb handling saw Leeds spread it wide for Ash Handley to score, with Brad Singleton and Adam Cuthbertson being instrumental in the build-up. Liam Sutcliffe, though, was off target with the conversion.

The try seemed to spark the home side into life, as they managed to resist plenty of strong Leeds attack before levelling the game on 22 minutes. A Hep Cahill break put them in great field position and they were able to exploit the overlap on the right, as Rangi Chase put Rhys Hanbury over. Chris Bridge couldn’t convert, making the scores 4-4.

It took just two minutes, however, for Leeds to reassert their lead, on the back of a Widnes knock on from the restart. Joel Moon’s scrappy last-tackle grubber was knocked down by the Vikings man, before being pounced on by Kallum Watkins. Sutcliffe was successful with the boot this time to give his team a six-point cushion.

The home side again looked to build some pressure in the following sets, with Rangi Chase’s kicking causing havoc and forcing a goal-line dropout. Much like before, though, Leeds were just more clinical and were in for their third try shortly after.

A penalty for offside provided them with an opportunity, before Stevie Ward was able to drag three would-be defenders to the line with him to score. Sutcliffe couldn’t convert this time.

It looked as if the Rhinos would go in at halftime in a particularly dominant position, but two Widnes tries late in the half meant only two points separated the sides at the break.

Ryan Ince scored the first, spectacularly collecting Bridge’s offload to dive over on the right, before Chase’s cross-field kick was knocked back by Charly Runciman for Corey Thompson to score in the opposite corner. Bridge was successful with his first kick to make it 14-12 to Leeds.

The Rhinos came out quickly at the start of the second half and thought they’d scored again when Joel Moon went over. However, after deliberation between the referee and in-goal judge, it was disallowed for a knock on in the build-up.

Much like in the first half, Denis Betts’ men looked the more dangerous early on and hammered the Leeds line. It was the Vikings’ finishing, though, that proved to be their downfall as they were unable to make the most of the field position in the half’s first 10 minutes.

On the hour-mark, however, they finally managed to take a chance, as Aaron Heremaia gave the Vikings the lead. He spotted a gap close to the Leeds line and buried his way over from dummy half. Bridge converted to make it 18-14.

The Vikings did their best to contain the Rhinos and were doing a good job until they gifted the visitors a try. A misplaced pass in their own 20m saw Adam Cuthbertson go in for a walkover. Sutcliffe converted to make it 20-18 to Leeds with just over 10 to go.

Their joy was short-lived, however, as some superb solo-play from Ryan Ince saw the home side take the lead once again. The young winger made a break down the right touchline, before beating Sutcliffe on the outside to score.

With five minutes to go, Leeds were still in the game but any hope of a win was soon quashed as Corey Thompson went over for the game’s final try. Briscoe tried to let Chase’s kick go dead, but Thompson beat him to it and managed to ground the ball. Bridge’s missed conversion made it 28-20 in what will go down as a famous victory for the Vikings.

Referee: Scott Mikalauskas

Attendance: 5518

Scoring Sequence: 0-4, 4-4, 4-10, 4-14, 8-14, 12-14, 18-14, 18-20, 24-20, 28-20

Written by Jack Conlon.

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back100000
2Corey ThompsonWing200000
3Chris BridgeCentre020000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
9Lloyd WhiteStand Off000001
10Jack Buchanan 20Prop000000
11Chris HoustonSecond Row000000
13Hep Cahill 25Loose Forward000000
15Gil Dudson 23Prop000000
28Ryan InceWing200000
31Jordan Johnstone 33Hooker000000
39Sam WildeSecond Row000000
40Rangi ChaseStand Off000000
20Manase Manuokafoa 10Interchange000000
23James Chapelhow 15Interchange000000
25Tom Olbison 13Interchange000000
33Aaron Heremaia 31Interchange100000
 Total 620001

Leeds Rhinos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Tom BriscoeWing000000
3Kallum WatkinsCentre100000
4Joel MoonStand Off000000
5Ryan HallWing000000
7Rob BurrowScrum Half000000
9Matt ParcellHooker000000
10Adam Cuthbertson 24Prop100000
11Jamie Jones-Buchanan 21Loose Forward000000
13Stevie WardSecond Row100000
14Liam SutcliffeFull Back020000
16Brad Singleton 17Prop000000
19Brett Ferres 20Second Row000000
22Ash HandleyCentre100000
17Mitch Garbutt 16Interchange000000
20Anthony Mullally 19Interchange000000
21Josh Walters 11Interchange000000
24Jordan Baldwinson 10Interchange000000
 Total 420000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
May 29, 2017 3:00 pm Super League 2017 Monday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Widnes Vikings121628
Leeds Rhinos14620