Widnes Vikings 10-19 Warrington Wolves

Thursday 13th April 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 9

10-19 FT

HT: 4 17

Attendance: 8,279

Official: P Bentham

Venue: -

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Stefan Marsh, Charly Runciman,

  • Goals
    Chris Bridge,

  • Drop Goals

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Tom Lineham, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin,

  • Goals
    Declan Patton 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Declan Patton,

Official Report / Commentary

A dominant first-half display from Warrington Wolves ensured they stayed above Widnes Vikings in the Betfred Super League following a 19-10 basement battle victory.

Widnes opened the scoring on two minutes when Stefan Marsh took advantage of a Warrington knock on to score in the corner, which former Wolves centre Chris Bridge was unable to convert.

Quickfire tries from winger Tom Lineham and second row Jack Hughes put the visitors in front for the first time in the match before Joe Philbin touched down to extend their advantage with Dec Patton adding a drop-goal to take a 17-4 lead into the break.

Charly Runciman scored halfway through the second half to give the hosts some hope and Bridge's conversion reduced the arrears to 17-10 but a penalty from Patton, three minutes from time, extended the Wolves' unbeaten run to three matches to give themselves some breathing space over the Vikings at the foot of the table.

Warrington head coach Tony Smith was delighted with the performances of the young players that were drafted into his injury-hit squad.

“That was a real gutsy one and I thought we handled the pressure well," he said.

"I’m not only missing a few players, in (Daryl) Clark, Westerman, Brown and (Mike) Cooper, but we ended up losing a couple on the field as well, as Matty Russell and Ryan Atkins left the field and are both out for Monday’s game.

“We are down on troops but the good news story is the young blokes who came in did a good job. Philbin was terrific and some of our young forwards did a good job for us.

"Ben Julien, for him to come in without much game time and play the way he did was really good. George King also came in and did a great job.

"We didn’t have the big names but we got down and dirty. It wasn’t a pretty game but we made it hard for Widnes.”

Counterpart Denis Betts feels he has seen some signs that shows his team can improve.

He said: “Overall it’s a win and loss game and tonight I’ve seen some things to say that we’ve got some wins in us.

“Confidence wise, you live off it and you die in fear. We are dying in fear at the moment. (In the) second half we showed some positives, though.”

  • 77: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • 59: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 38: Goal scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 35: TRY! scored for Warrington by Joe Philbin
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 14: TRY! scored for Warrington by Jack Hughes
  • 8: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 2: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • Key Performers

    Chris Hill

    Metres 161
    5 5

    Stefan Ratchford

    Metres 151
    5 5

    Tom Armstrong

    Metres 157
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Warrington Wolves 6

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 2
    Warrington Wolves 6

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1249
    Warrington Wolves 1330

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 185
    Warrington Wolves 165

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 368
    Warrington Wolves 339

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 16
    Warrington Wolves 6

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 11
    Warrington Wolves 8

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Warrington Wolves 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Charly Runciman 1 1 12 0 0 2 0 11 51 4.64 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Stefan Marsh 1 0 1 0 0 4 0 11 113 10.27 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Olbison 0 0 34 5 5 0 0 15 87 5.80 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 16 4 0 0 0 3 27 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 34 6 2 0 0 12 86 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Dean 0 0 27 8 3 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Brooks 0 0 19 4 0 0 0 5 41 8.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 25 6 1 0 0 6 29 4.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 36 5 0 0 0 11 55 5.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 37 11 1 0 0 18 113 6.28 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jordan Johnstone 0 0 40 6 3 2 2 7 35 5.00 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 38 10 2 0 0 10 71 7.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Danny Craven 0 0 9 0 2 1 6 11 89 8.09 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Mellor 0 0 10 0 2 2 3 14 57 4.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Armstrong 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 19 157 8.26 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Bridge 0 1 19 3 0 0 1 7 52 7.43 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 7 1 0 3 0 17 124 7.29 1 4 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tom Lineham 1 0 4 1 0 3 0 12 84 7.00 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Hughes 1 0 34 5 0 1 0 11 65 5.91 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Philbin 1 0 25 4 0 2 0 10 93 9.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Atkins 0 0 6 0 1 0 0 8 63 7.88 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Toby King 0 0 11 2 3 0 0 8 85 10.63 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Russell 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 42 8.40 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Stefan Ratchford 0 1 7 0 1 5 1 15 151 10.07 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Declan Patton 0 0 10 1 2 0 4 6 41 6.83 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Kurt Gidley 0 2 34 7 1 2 3 6 39 6.50 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 34 5 0 1 0 16 161 10.06 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 38 6 0 1 0 6 59 9.83 0 6 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ashton Sims 0 0 34 3 0 1 0 12 88 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 27 2 0 2 0 12 105 8.75 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    George King 0 0 31 1 1 1 0 15 98 6.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Rhys Evans 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Andre Savelio 0 0 19 2 2 2 0 11 69 6.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Harvey Livett 0 0 19 2 1 0 0 5 31 6.20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties