Warrington Wolves 22-6 Widnes Vikings

Warrington Wolves 22-6 Widnes Vikings


A second-half capitulation from the Widnes Vikings meant Warrington ended the regular season on the back of three consecutive wins and they will look to take their newfound form into the Middle 8s.

Despite showing some signs of promise in a dreary first half, Widnes could not keep a foothold in the game after three quick Warrington tries early in the second half.

On his return to the squad after being sidelined with a knee injury, Matty Russell scored a brace and both Peta Hiku and Kevin Brown got on the score sheet to give Warrington their sixth consecutive Super League victory over their Cheshire rivals.

Widnes made the worst possible start when Gil Dudson knocked on in the first tackle of the game, gifting the Wolves field position just 15 metres from their line.

Warrington took full advantage and despite a good effort in defence from the away side, Russell picked up a neat cut-out pass on the last tackle from the returning Brown to scoot over the line. Stefan Ratchford missed the conversion.

And in a game that had no real meaning, both sides exchanged sets without creating many chances. To be fair to the Vikings, they stepped up the pace after a slow start and it was a little show of class from the Vikings best player Joe Mellor to give them a surprising lead.

The half-back skipped through Warrington’s defence with ease to put the ball down next to the posts for Stefan Marsh to nudge his side in front with the boot.

Wire could have had two tries but Ryan Atkins was adjudged offside at the kick when Tom Lineham latched onto a mistake by Tom Armstrong, and a strong tackle from Corey Thompson pushed Atkins into touch to stop the try.

Neither side scored again in a lackluster first half that epitomised both teams’ substandard seasons.

There was little to applaud throughout the first 40, although the Vikings did grow into the game and could have extended their lead had it not been for Ben Currie’s crucial tackle on Will Chamberlain who was through down the right-hand side.

And Ratchford could arguably have been penalised for taking out Mellor off the ball as he chased his own kick, but the game stayed at 6-4 to Widnes at the break.

The game picked up at least a little bit at the start of the second half, and Warrington, despite losing Currie after he took a knock to the knee that has kept him out for the past 10 months, took the lead again.

A perfectly weighted cross-field kick from Dec Patton evaded Charly Runciman and Peta Hiku picked his pocket to touch down.

And the half-back was at it again when he changed direction with a dink over the Widnes defence for Brown to collect and score under the posts.

Patton’s kicking game proved crucial after half time, and he put Warrington in control with his boot.

Wire’s second-half resurgence then continued when the ball was passed swiftly down the right and Russell crossed to notch his brace and put the game beyond a spirited Widnes side who, in the end, made too many errors to win the game.

Written by Zoe Shackleton.

Warrington Wolves

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Stefan RatchfordFull Back030000
2Tom LinehamWing000000
4Ryan AtkinsCentre000000
5Matty RussellWing200001
6Kevin BrownStand Off100000
9Daryl Clark 27Hooker000000
10Ashton Sims 16Prop000000
12Jack HughesSecond Row000000
14Mike Cooper 11Prop000000
22Declan PattonScrum Half000000
23Joe PhilbinSecond Row000000
24Benjamin Jullien 18Second Row000000
35Peta HikuCentre100000
11Ben Currie 14Interchange000000
16George King 10Interchange000000
18Andre Savelio 24Interchange000000
27Morgan Smith 9Interchange000000
 Total 430001

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
6Joe MellorStand Off100000
8Eamon O’Carroll 16Prop000000
12Matt Whitley 22Second Row000000
13Hep CahillLoose Forward000000
15Gil Dudson 18Prop000000
17Stefan MarshCentre010000
23James ChapelhowProp000000
25Tom OlbisonSecond Row000000
26Tom ArmstrongCentre000000
27Ed ChamberlainFull Back000000
29Brad WalkerLoose Forward000000
31Jordan Johnstone 35Scrum Half000000
16Alex Gerrard 8Interchange000000
18Greg Burke 15Interchange000000
22Ted Chapelhow 12Interchange000000
35Danny Walker 31Interchange000000
 Total 110000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
July 20, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Warrington Wolves41822
Widnes Vikings606