Widnes Vikings 48-12 Sheffield Eagles

Sunday 16th August 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 2

48-12 FT

HT: 30 6

Attendance: 4,567

Official: J Child

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Kevin Brown, Stefan Marsh 3, Charly Runciman 2, Rhys Hanbury, Danny Galea, Joe Mellor, Paddy Flynn,

  • Goals
    Danny Tickle 2, Lloyd White 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Sheffield Eagles

  • Tries
    Scott Turner, Keal Carlile,

  • Goals
    Pat Walker 2,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Rhys
Hanbury
Paddy
Flynn
Chris
Dean
Charly
Runciman
Stefan
Marsh
Joe
Mellor
Alex
Gerrard
Lloyd
White
Danny
Tickle
Danny
Galea
MacGraff
Leuluai
Aaron
Heremaia
Manase
Manuokafoa

Bench

Quentin
Togagae
Scott
Turner
Menzie
Yere
Rob
Worrincy
Sam
Smeaton
Dominic
Brambani
Steve
Thorpe
Keal
Carlile
Mitch
Stringer
Michael
Knowles
Duane
Straughier
Misi
Taulapapa
James
Davey
Pat
Walker
Tony
Tonks

Official Report / Commentary

Widnes centre Stefan Marsh scored a hat-trick of tries as the Vikings thrashed First Utility Super 8 strugglers Sheffield Eagles 48-12 on Sunday afternoon.

Two scores in three first-half minutes from the former Wigan man and an easy effort three minutes from time underlined the hosts’ dominance.

The Vikings ran in six first-half tries in all - Kevin Brown, Charly Runciman, Rhys Hanbury and Danny Galea also touched down - and it could have been a lot more if they had been more clinical.

Joe Mellor, Paddy Flynn and Runciman crossed for home tries after the interval, with Danny Tickle and Lloyd White adding two conversions apiece, while the Eagles' points came courtesy of Scott Turner and Keale Carlile tries and via the boot of Patrick Walker.

Brown was a thorn in the visitors' side throughout and got things ticking over with a walk-in on nine minutes after he connected with his half-back partner Mellor.

Brown then turned provider on 20 minutes with a superb long-range pass to Marsh, who powered home. The same combination struck again two minutes later, with Marsh racing in from 70 metres as the Eagles were caught flat-footed.

It was becoming too easy for Widnes as their forwards punched holes through the heart of the Sheffield defensive line and, when the backs spread the ball wide, the Vikings were queueing up. Australian centre Runciman was the next to benefit with a simple touchdown.

Just after the half-hour mark, Widnes were over again as Mellor’s break put Hanbury clear.

The try-scoring procession continued when Brown put the rampaging second-row Galea through a gaping hole.

Sheffield’s attacks were few and far between. Menzie Yere did go close after five minutes but it took another 35 for them to mount another effort. Dominic Brambani launched a towering kick to the corner and it was collected by Turner to at least put them on the scoreboard.

Things did not improve much for Mark Aston’s Sheffield in the second half as Widnes turned the screw further. Mellor sprinted 95 metres after scooping up a loose ball as the Eagles searched for another score.

The flow was temporarily halted for a serious leg injury to Eagles prop Steve Thorpe. The burly forward was carried off on a stretcher after falling awkwardly in a tackle on the i-pitch.

When play resumed, Widnes started where they had left off. Flynn knocked five defenders out of his way to ground, with White adding the extras from in front to bring up the 40-point marker.

Despite being second best all afternoon, the Eagles kept going and their perseverance was rewarded when Carlile crashed over from close range to give their supporters something to cheer about.

Widnes replied in typical fashion through Marsh, who outpaced his opposite number to dive over in the corner. Runciman had the final say, however, with his second of the afternoon as Marsh’s inside ball gave him a walk-in.

  • 80: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 77: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 65: TRY! scored for Sheffield by Keal Carlile
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Sheffield by Pat Walker
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 55: TRY! scored for Widnes by Paddy Flynn
  • 48: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 39: TRY! scored for Sheffield by Scott Turner
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Sheffield by Pat Walker
  • 35: TRY! scored for Widnes by Danny Galea
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 33: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 33: Interchange On for Widnes, Matt Whitley On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Widnes, Danny Tickle Off
  • 31: Interchange Off for Widnes, Alex Gerrard Off
  • 31: Interchange On for Widnes, Aaron Heremaia On
  • 30: Interchange Off for Sheffield, Duane Straughier Off
  • 30: Interchange On for Sheffield, Tony Tonks On
  • 29: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 28: Interchange On for Sheffield, James Davey On
  • 28: Interchange Off for Sheffield, Keal Carlile Off
  • 22: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 22: Interchange On for Sheffield, Pat Walker On
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 22: Interchange Off for Sheffield, Misi Taulapapa Off
  • 20: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 18: Interchange On for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa On
  • 18: Interchange Off for Widnes, Gil Dudson Off
  • 18: Interchange On for Sheffield, Eddie Battye On
  • 18: Interchange Off for Sheffield, Mitch Stringer Off
  • 12: Interchange On for Widnes, Willie Isa On
  • 12: Interchange Off for Widnes, MacGraff Leuluai Off
  • 9: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • Key Performers

    Joe Mellor

    Metres: 221
    Clean Breaks: 6

    Stefan Marsh

    Tries: 3
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Menzie Yere

    Metres: 155

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Vikings 10
    Eagles 2

    Goals:

    Vikings 4
    Eagles 2

    METRES:

    Vikings 1514
    Eagles 917

    CARRIES:

    Vikings 181
    Eagles 132

    TACKLES:

    Vikings 250
    Eagles 308

    OFFLOADS:

    Vikings 12
    Eagles 7

    PENALTIES:

    Vikings 4
    Eagles 9

    BREAKS:

    Vikings 13
    Eagles 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Mellor 1 2 14 2 0 9 4 10 221 22.10 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 27 8 0 6 0 16 139 8.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Stefan Marsh 3 1 2 0 1 3 0 7 127 18.14 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 14 1 1 5 0 15 118 7.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 1 2 2 0 1 3 0 12 101 8.42 0 3 3 0 0 0 0 0
    William Isa 0 1 10 1 0 3 0 10 95 9.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Gil Dudson 0 0 19 4 0 1 0 11 93 8.45 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 14 2 0 2 0 10 93 9.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Tickle 0 0 19 2 1 1 0 13 80 6.15 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0
    Danny Galea 1 0 21 6 0 2 0 11 80 7.27 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Paddy Flynn 1 0 6 0 2 4 0 10 73 7.30 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Charley Runciman 2 0 17 3 3 3 0 15 73 4.87 1 0 3 0 0 0 4 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 18 5 0 1 0 10 54 5.40 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 30 5 3 2 0 7 54 7.71 0 2 1 0 2 2 1 0
    Kevin Brown 1 3 13 3 1 5 6 12 47 3.92 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 20 5 1 2 0 7 44 6.29 0 6 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 5 22 4.40 0 0 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
    Menzie Yere 0 0 7 0 2 3 0 12 155 12.92 2 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Rob Worrincy 0 0 4 1 1 2 0 11 111 10.09 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Quentin Laulu-Togagae 0 0 5 0 3 1 0 15 84 5.60 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cory Aston 0 0 13 2 6 1 1 5 72 14.40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mike Knowles 0 0 28 3 6 1 2 11 70 6.36 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 2
    Duane Straugheir 0 0 31 5 2 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Steve Thorpe 0 0 18 2 4 1 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Smeaton 0 0 17 4 3 2 1 7 51 7.29 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eddie Battye 0 0 25 6 2 1 0 9 46 5.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Mitchell Stringer 0 0 22 4 3 0 0 8 41 5.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Misi Taulapapa 0 0 28 3 3 0 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 2
    Scott Turner 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 11 33 3.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    James Davey 0 0 23 5 3 1 0 5 31 6.20 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Patrick Walker 0 0 26 5 1 1 0 6 25 4.17 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Keale Carlile 1 0 29 3 1 0 1 5 24 4.80 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tony Tonks 0 0 19 6 1 0 0 4 20 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominic Brambani 0 1 10 0 9 0 2 0 0 0 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