Widnes Vikings 6-16 Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 9th September 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 4

6-16 FT

HT: 6 4

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Halton Stadium

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Tom Olbison,

  • Goals
    Krisnan Inu,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Luke Briscoe, Matt Parcell, Richie Myler,

  • Goals
    Liam Sutcliffe 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Leeds Rhinos gave their Betfred Super League survival hopes a huge lift with a 16-6 victory over seemingly-doomed Widnes in their Super 8s Qualifiers clash on Sunday.

The Rhinos were second best for large periods of the encounter and it was only when Australian hooker Matt Parcell crossed on 55 minutes that they could breathe a sigh of relief as Widnes tested them in every department.

Widnes looked to make the breakthrough but a loose pass in midfield was picked up by ex-Viking Richie Myler who scampered 20 metres before offloading to Luke Briscoe to finish off from long range.

Liam Finn popped up with a short ball to the impressive Tom Olbison as the Vikings hit back in style and Krisnan Inu was successful with the conversion to give them a deserved half-time lead.

Three consecutive sets of six from Widnes in the second half were eventually sucked up by the dogged Rhinos and it proved to be a critical period as they dragged themselves back in front through Parcell following a massive 40/20 from Liam Sutcliffe.

At 10-6 with minutes remaining it was a test of the Rhinos’ nerve to finish the job and they just had enough to grind it out with Myler going over at the death to make it certain.

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield said: "It’s been one of the tensest games I’ve watched on this side of the fence but it’s probably one of the most enjoyable.

“I thought it was a really good game. Widnes threw some things at us and they played really well."

Widnes interim head coach Francis Cummins said: "I’m frustrated we didn’t get the win but we never shirked anything. We’ve been getting a fair bit of stick on social media and they answered that.

“I was bit disappointed we didn’t create as much (in the second half). I’m frustrated but I’m proud of their effort."

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 76: TRY! scored for Leeds by Richie Myler
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 54: TRY! scored for Leeds by Matt Parcell
  • 38: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 37: TRY! scored for Widnes by Tom Olbison
  • 32: TRY! scored for Leeds by Luke Briscoe
  • Key Performers

    Luke Briscoe

    Metres 155
    2 2

    Liam Sutcliffe

    Forty Twenty 1
    2 2

    Brad Singleton

    Tackles 51
    2 2

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 1
    Leeds Rhinos 3

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 1
    Leeds Rhinos 2

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1295
    Leeds Rhinos 1300

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 181
    Leeds Rhinos 176

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 365
    Leeds Rhinos 376

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Leeds Rhinos 7

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Leeds Rhinos 7

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 1
    Leeds Rhinos 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Tom Olbison 1 0 14 1 0 2 0 12 108 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Charlie Gubb 0 0 24 5 3 0 0 10 66 6.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Walker 0 0 23 6 2 2 1 7 57 8.14 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Wilde 0 0 30 11 0 0 0 9 54 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 37 6 6 1 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 24 1 2 3 0 16 103 6.44 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 31 4 2 0 0 12 70 5.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 41 10 1 2 0 13 74 5.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Lloyd White 0 0 28 4 0 3 0 8 72 9.00 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 16 3 0 2 0 4 37 9.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Finn 0 1 21 2 7 0 6 9 34 3.78 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Lyons 0 0 25 1 1 0 5 6 14 2.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Owen Buckley 0 0 9 1 0 3 0 10 85 8.50 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 19 2 2 3 0 11 90 8.18 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Krisnan Inu 0 0 13 0 3 5 0 14 127 9.07 0 0 3 0 1 0 1 1
    Patrick Ah Van 0 0 6 0 1 2 0 14 119 8.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Mellor 0 0 4 0 0 5 0 17 130 7.65 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Luke Briscoe 1 0 7 0 1 2 0 13 155 11.92 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Richard Myler 1 1 13 1 3 2 6 5 52 10.40 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 1 0 28 6 0 4 0 5 49 9.80 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Joel Moon 0 0 19 1 1 3 1 6 71 11.83 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 29 4 4 0 0 9 80 8.89 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Briscoe 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 15 119 7.93 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Walker 0 0 4 0 0 2 0 20 116 5.80 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 1 12 0 2 3 1 7 67 9.57 1 1 2 1 2 1 0 0
    Dominic Crosby 0 0 31 3 2 1 0 12 81 6.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Dwyer 0 0 25 8 1 0 0 9 58 6.44 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Singleton 0 0 51 11 5 0 0 11 63 5.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 40 7 1 2 0 17 119 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Brett Ferres 0 0 30 3 1 2 1 15 63 4.20 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 2
    Jordan Thompson 0 0 34 3 9 4 0 17 91 5.35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Nathaniel Peteru 0 0 28 4 2 2 0 7 65 9.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Smith 0 0 18 3 0 1 0 6 36 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Walters 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 2 15 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 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