11th May 2018, 21:59 | ChallengeCup

Leeds hold off Widnes fight-back to progress

Leeds hold off Widnes fight-back to progress

Leeds Rhinos half-back Richie Myler made a scoring return to his home town club as Widnes Vikings were beaten 23-20 in the sixth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Myler crossed for a try and landed a drop goal as the 13-time winners booked their place in the last eight but they were made to dig deep for the result as Widnes came close to pulling off a shock comeback.

Brian McDermott’s side led 11-4 at the break through tries from Tom Briscoe and Myler, the latter taking advantage of Stevie Ward's line break.

Matty Whitley barged over from close range for the hosts but Myler's one-ponter ensured Leeds led by seven at half-time.

Ashton Golding and Stevie Ward extended Leeds' advantage but quickfire tries from Matt Whitley, Alex Gerrard and Charly Runciman almost turned the tables on the Rhinos.

Vikings full-back Aaron Heremaia dropped the ball on the line in a dramatic finish as Leeds clung on.