Widnes Vikings 14-28 Warrington Wolves

Friday 4th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

14-28 FT

HT: 12 6

Official: P Bentham

Venue: Halton Stadium

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Jack Buchanan, Joe Mellor,

  • Goals
    Lloyd White 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Warrington Wolves

  • Tries
    Jack Hughes, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Matty Russell, Peta Hiku,

  • Goals
    Declan Patton 4,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Warrington Wolves made a fine start to the Super 8s Qualifiers after hitting back from 14-6 down to claim bragging rights over Widnes Vikings with a 28-14 victory.

The Wolves were tipped to be challenging for top honours this year and they may have been fearing the worst when Widnes opened up an eight-point lead.

But second-half tries from Tom Lineham, Dec Patton, Matty Russell and Peta Hiku saw the visitors home against a side missing key player Rangi Chase.

It could have been a different story had Widnes converted pressure into points after bossing the first half but they could not conjure up the plays at crucial moments.

Tony Smith said it showed that two sides were fighting for their lives after his Warrington side saw five different players cross against their local rivals.

"It was a good game and a good contest. There were two teams out there fighting for their lives and it showed," Smith said.

"Widnes had a real crack - it was the best I've seen of Widnes for weeks. They really took it to us. But we have shown character and patience to get past them.

"We felt if we could eliminate the errors we made in the first half and keep going toe to toe with them then we would come up trumps and that is what happened."

Smith was equally pleased to kick off a crucial period with two points.

"It was a good game for us to start the Qualifiers like this," he added.

"We showed desire and a lot of credit goes to the players for that. They have worked really hard this week and we have another tough fixture next week. We ticked the box on the first one.

"It's very important to get the series off to a winning start and both teams showed how important this is. I have huge admiration for my team as Widnes would have beaten many a Super League team on that performance."

Opposite number Denis Betts believes his side need to be more ruthless.

"It was a really tough game and a tough contest until the point where we let them get back into the arm wrestle. We need to take opportunities when they present themselves and if we do that then it looks like a different game," he said.

"Overall it was a good contest and one in which we competed throughout but we make two errors and they have punished us. A side like Warrington can hurt you."

 

  • 74: TRY! scored for Warrington by Peta Hiku
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 67: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 67: TRY! scored for Warrington by Matty Russell
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 62: TRY! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • 49: TRY! scored for Warrington by Tom Lineham
  • 47: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 30: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 30: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 14: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Buchanan
  • 3: TRY! scored for Warrington by Jack Hughes
  • 3: GOAL! scored for Warrington by Declan Patton
  • Key Performers

    Matthew Russell

    Metres 172
    5 5

    Stefan Ratchford

    Metres 153
    5 5

    Chris Hill

    Metres 157
    5 5

    Peta Hiku

    Metres 154
    5 5

    Stefan Marsh

    Metres 164
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Warrington Wolves 10

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 6
    Warrington Wolves 8

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1244
    Warrington Wolves 1572

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 160
    Warrington Wolves 190

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 380
    Warrington Wolves 314

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 9
    Warrington Wolves 13

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 7
    Warrington Wolves 5

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 5
    Warrington Wolves 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Jack Buchanan 1 0 45 7 2 1 0 11 75 6.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Joe Mellor 1 0 21 5 2 1 1 8 49 6.13 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jordan Johnstone 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 27 9.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Olbison 0 0 20 2 0 0 0 4 32 8.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 12 4 0 0 0 8 59 7.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 19 2 0 0 0 5 49 9.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 42 8 5 2 0 12 87 7.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 49 11 5 0 0 6 43 7.17 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 31 7 6 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Lloyd White 0 2 35 6 3 1 1 6 59 9.83 1 3 0 0 3 0 1 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 35 9 3 1 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Craven 0 0 22 2 3 0 4 3 23 7.67 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Corey Thompson 0 0 5 1 1 2 0 14 119 8.50 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 13 2 1 1 0 20 116 5.80 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Bridge 0 0 16 2 2 0 1 12 108 9.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Stefan Marsh 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 16 164 10.25 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 3 0 2 2 0 16 121 7.56 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Peta Hiku 1 1 19 3 5 3 0 17 154 9.06 2 2 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Matthew Russell 1 0 4 0 1 1 0 17 172 10.12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Lineham 1 0 2 0 0 1 0 19 141 7.42 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Declan Patton 1 0 9 0 0 3 3 7 41 5.86 1 1 1 0 4 2 0 0
    Jack Hughes 1 0 36 10 1 3 0 8 62 7.75 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ryan Atkins 0 1 12 1 1 5 1 9 51 5.67 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Stefan Ratchford 0 0 7 0 1 5 0 15 153 10.20 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Kevin Brown 0 2 22 5 0 0 5 9 54 6.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Hill 0 0 27 3 0 3 0 17 157 9.24 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Daryl Clark 0 0 37 8 2 4 0 12 103 8.58 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashton Sims 0 0 26 5 2 0 0 14 108 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Benjamin Jullien 0 0 20 3 1 1 0 7 60 8.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Cooper 0 0 38 7 1 0 0 9 63 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    George King 0 0 14 6 0 0 0 8 51 6.38 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andre Savelio 0 0 17 4 0 3 0 14 140 10.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Philbin 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 5 38 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Morgan Smith 0 0 12 1 0 3 0 3 24 8.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

    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