Widnes Vikings 16-28 Huddersfield Giants

Widnes Vikings 16-28 Huddersfield Giants


Huddersfield Giants picked up their first win of the 2017 Super League campaign after defeating Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium.

Although they started the campaign without Joe Mellor and props Manase Manuokafoa, Eamon O’Carroll, Jack Buchanan and Alex Gerrard, the Vikings gave debuts to the club’s only two new arrivals for 2017, centre Tom Armstrong and second rower Tom Olbison.

The Giants squad included new signings Shannon Wakeman, Alex Mellor, Dale Ferguson, Lee Gaskell and Paul Clough. Gaskell took the full-back role in the absence of the injured Jake Mamo. Prop Sam Rapira was the Giants’ only notable absentee.

It was the Vikings with the first score of the game. Great hands from Chris Bridge and Tom Gilmore ended in Rhys Hanbury’s hands and Charly Runciman hit a flat ball to score. Hanbury added the conversion, 6-0.

It didn’t take the Giants long to get themselves on the scoreboard, though. The ball was shifted right to Leroy Cudjoe who evaded a Vikings tackler and passed to Jermaine McGillvary to score. Danny Brough missed the conversion, 6-4.

The Giants extended their lead in the 17th minute after a high bomb wasn’t collected by the Vikings and the ball ended up in the hands of Mellor who passed to Gaskell for an easy score. Brough added the extras, 6-10.

Huddersfield opted to go down the short right side on the last and Cudjoe’s grubber in goal was brilliantly put down my McGillvary for his second of the game in the 25th minute. Brough was unable to convert from the touchline, 6-14.

The Giants went close a couple of tackles earlier before Symonds crashed onto a short ball to score in the 30th minute. Brough converted the try, 6-20.

Widnes survived as a strong defence held the Giants out during the final moments of the first half.

Huddersfield shifted the ball to the left with good hands and Ferguson offloaded to Aaron Murphy to score the first try of the second half in the corner. Ryan Brierley missed the conversion, 6-24.

After a brilliant right to left shift Heremaia, who had moved into the halves, gave a cut-out pass to Marsh who cut inside to score in the 70th minute. Hanbury missed the conversion, 10-24.

A Matt Whitley inside ball hit the ground, but Hanbury was first there to pick up and score four minutes from the end. Hanbury converted, 16-24.

Brierley went down the short side on the last and gave it to Cudjoe who forced his way over with two minutes to go. Brough missed the conversion, 16-28.

The Giants got 2017 off to a winning start, finishing 16-28 winners away from home.

Penalty count: 9-10

Referee: Jack Smith

Attendance: 5031

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-4, 6-10, 6-14, 6-20, 6-24, 10-24, 16-24, 16-28.

Written by Adam Gray.

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back120000
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
3Chris BridgeCentre000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre100000
7Tom GilmoreScrum Half000000
9Lloyd White 33Hooker000000
11Chris Houston 22Second Row000000
12Matt WhitleySecond Row000000
15Gil Dudson 13Prop000000
17Stefan MarshCentre100000
19Macgraff LeuluaiSecond Row000000
23James Chapelhow 25Prop000000
26Tom ArmstrongCentre000000
13Hep Cahill 15Interchange000000
22Ted Chapelhow 11Interchange000000
25Tom Olbison 23Interchange000000
33Aaron Heremaia 9Interchange000000
 Total 320000

Huddersfield Giants

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Jermaine McGillvaryWing200000
3Leroy CudjoeCentre100001
4Lee GaskellFull Back100000
5Aaron MurphyWing100000
6Danny BroughStand Off020000
7Ryan BrierleyScrum Half000000
9Ryan Hinchcliffe 14Hooker000000
11Tom Symonds 16Second Row100000
12Dale FergusonSecond Row000000
13Michael LawrenceLoose Forward000000
15Sebastine Ikahihifo 10Prop000000
17Ukuma Ta’ai 18Prop000000
30Alex MellorCentre000000
10Shannon Wakeman 15Interchange000000
14Kruise Leeming 9Interchange000000
16Oliver Roberts 11Interchange000000
18Paul Clough 17Interchange000000
 Total 620001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 10, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Widnes Vikings61016
Huddersfield Giants20828