Widnes Vikings 26-28 Wigan Warriors

Widnes Vikings 26-28 Wigan Warriors


World Club Champions Wigan scored 16 unanswered points in the final quarter as they came back to defeat Widnes is the reversed fixture at the Select Security Stadium.

Oliver Gildart scored the match-winning try four minutes from time as the Vikings suffered a heart-breaking defeat in a match they let slip away.

Wigan got the first try of the game 12 minutes in after back-to-back penalties with Thomas Leuluai going over for his first points since returning to the club.

Widnes responded well to the early setback and replied with a score of their own, hooker Lloyd White powering his way over after an offload from Chris Bridge.

This gave the home side momentum and they were in the lead moments later as Danny Craven found a gap. Rhys Hanbury converted to make it 12-6.

Their advantage would last just shy of two minutes, Oliver Gildart benefiting from a moment of brilliance from Morgan Escare whose chip and chase created the score. Escare levelled matters with the conversion.

In a ding-dong end to the first half, Denis Betts side would go into the sheds in front after Tom Armstrong was in the right place to score as White’s kick rebounded off the post.

Hanbury kept up his 100 per cent record with the boot and the home side led 18-12 at half-time.

The second half started as the first ended with Widnes going in for another try, White again at the heart of it as he ran from dummy half before finding Stefan Marsh in the corner.

Hanbury missed the conversion but kicked two penalty goals within the first 15 minutes of the second period to extend the lead out to 26-12.

Shaun Wane’s side looked sluggish but they gave themselves a lifeline on the hour mark with last week’s hat-trick hero Joe Burgess going in to reduce the deficit to 10 points.

This sparked them into life and five minutes later they were in again, this time it was the other winger Lewis Tierney who scored after the Warriors kept the ball alive. Escare unable to convert, 26-20.

The Vikings were now looking tense and this wasn’t helped when Burgess went over for his second in the corner with seven minutes to play. Sam Powell this time missed the conversion meaning Widnes still held a two-point lead.

But this lead was gone seconds later, Burgess this time the creator for Gildart to go in for his second and complete a quite remarkable comeback by the World Club Champions.

Escare was unable to convert the final try but it didn’t matter as the Warriors came away with a 28-26 victory in a match they looked like losing for the most part.

Widnes Vikings

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Rhys HanburyFull Back050000
2Corey ThompsonWing000000
3Chris BridgeStand Off000000
4Charly RuncimanCentre000000
9Lloyd White 33Hooker100000
10Jack Buchanan 18Prop000000
11Chris Houston 25Second Row000000
12Matt WhitleySecond Row000000
15Gil DudsonProp000000
17Stefan MarshWing100000
19Macgraff Leuluai 13Loose Forward000000
26Tom ArmstrongCentre100000
32Danny CravenScrum Half100000
13Hep Cahill 19Interchange000000
18Greg Burke 10Interchange000000
25Tom Olbison 11Interchange000000
33Aaron Heremaia 9Interchange000000
 Total 450000

Wigan Warriors

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
3Anthony GellingCentre000000
4Oliver GildartCentre200001
5Joe BurgessWing200000
6George WilliamsStand Off000000
7Thomas LeuluaiScrum Half100000
8Frank-Paul Nu’uausala 15Prop000000
10Ben Flower 17Prop000000
12Liam FarrellSecond Row000000
13Sean O’LoughlinLoose Forward000000
16Sam Powell 25Hooker000000
20Willie Isa 11Second Row000000
21Lewis TierneyWing100000
22Morgan EscareFull Back020000
11Joel Tomkins 20Interchange000000
15Tony Clubb 8Interchange000000
17Taulima Tautai 10Interchange000000
25Jake Shorrocks 16Interchange000000
 Total 620001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 24, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday


Team1st halfExtra timeFinal score
Widnes Vikings18826
Wigan Warriors121628