Widnes Vikings 22-18 Bradford Bulls

Sunday 30th March 2014
KO: 15:00 - Round: 7

22-18 FT

HT: 16 6

Attendance: 5,581

Official: G Stokes

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Jack Owens, Kevin Brown 2, Patrick Ah Van,

  • Goals
    Danny Tickle 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries
    Liam Sutcliffe, Elliot Kear, Brett Kearney,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 3,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

Stand-off Kevin Brown crossed for a first-half double as Widnes Vikings had enough to hold off plucky Bradford Bulls at the Select Security Stadium.

Brown's two tries and another from Jack Owens gave the Vikings a 16-6 half-time lead and a platform to build on in the second half.

They did not have it their own way after the break, however, as Bradford defied their off-field problems to produce a spirited comeback that might have seen them take something from the match.

Elliot Kear and Brett Kearney added converted tries to Liam Sutcliffe's score just before half-time to edge the Bulls back.

But Patrick Ah Van's try in between proved the difference as Widnes' impressive start to the season continued.

Bradford may have left Halton with nothing, but at least have some hope for the future after Marc Green secured ownership of the club this week.

Green, who was watching the game in the boxes at Widnes, would have been pleased with the desire and effort of his side.

Led by Luke Gale, Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa, the Bulls put the Vikings under some considerable pressure.

The Vikings got their account ticking over on 14 minutes as Tom Gilmore sent in Owens for a neatly worked try. Danny Tickle hit the post with the conversion but was on target with his next effort after Brown had put the ball under the posts with a superb solo score out of nothing.

Brown, who is in a rich vein of form for the Vikings in both attack and defence, added another to his ever-increasing total of Super League tries as he ghosted in for a walkover try five minutes from the break.

Owens should have put the Vikings further in front seconds later as his sweeping run had the Bulls defenders all at sea but his offload to substitute Paul Johnson was coughed up with the try line at his feet.

Bradford, who had defended gamely in the first period, got some reward for their effort with a nice try from half-back Sutcliffe to give them some encouragement before the second period.

The Bulls began the better of the two sides after the restart and Luke Gale's pinpoint cross-field kick was collected by Kear to put them right back in it at 16-12.

Francis Cummins' side threw everything at Widnes as they looked to nip ahead but Owens set up Ah Van with a dribbling grubber kick to give the Vikings some breathing space.

Tickle's conversion made it 22-12 but it was far from comfortable for Widnes.

With 14 minutes remaining, Kearney's weaving run saw him end up over the try line. Gale tagged on the extras to put them within four points.

The Bulls could have snatched it at the death as Gale sent Adrian Purtell through but Paddy Flynn made sure with a solid shot that meant the Vikings could run the clock down.

  • 67: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Luke Gale
  • 67: TRY! scored for Bradford by Brett Kearney
  • 62: Interchange Off for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 62: Interchange On for Bradford, Oliver Roberts On
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 52: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 48: TRY! scored for Bradford by Elliot Kear
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Luke Gale
  • 39: TRY! scored for Bradford by Liam Sutcliffe
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Luke Gale
  • 35: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 29: Interchange Off for Bradford, James Donaldson Off
  • 29: Interchange On for Bradford, Danny Addy On
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 25: Interchange Off for Widnes, Alex Gerrard Off
  • 25: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 25: Interchange On for Widnes, Paul Clough On
  • 23: Interchange On for Widnes, Paul Johnson On
  • 23: Interchange Off for Widnes, Hep Cahill Off
  • 23: Interchange On for Widnes, Rhodri Lloyd On
  • 23: Interchange Off for Widnes, Phil Joseph Off
  • 21: Interchange On for Bradford, Danny Bridge On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Bradford, Chev Walker Off
  • 20: Interchange On for Bradford, Anthony Mullally On
  • 20: Interchange Off for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 15: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • Key Performers

    Brett Kearney

    Metres: 180

    Matty Blythe

    Offloads: 4

    Hep Cahill

    Metres: 172

    Jack Owens

    Metres: 155
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Vikings 4
    Bulls 3

    Goals:

    Vikings 3
    Bulls 3

    METRES:

    Vikings 1527
    Bulls 1278

    CARRIES:

    Vikings 196
    Bulls 191

    TACKLES:

    Vikings 328
    Bulls 290

    OFFLOADS:

    Vikings 8
    Bulls 10

    PENALTIES:

    Vikings 5
    Bulls 5

    BREAKS:

    Vikings 8
    Bulls 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Hep Cahill 0 0 41 6 3 2 0 20 172 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Owens 1 0 6 0 2 6 1 16 155 9.69 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Philip Joseph 0 0 32 5 3 6 0 16 150 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
    Paddy Flynn 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 22 145 6.59 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 2 0 12 0 6 5 5 19 110 5.79 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Patrick Ah Van 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 8 105 13.13 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 19 2 2 3 1 12 93 7.75 1 12 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Cameron Phelps 0 1 19 0 1 1 1 9 88 9.78 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 38 8 1 0 0 11 88 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Paul Johnson 0 0 19 2 1 1 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Paul Clough 0 1 24 9 0 0 0 9 81 9.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Tickle 0 0 21 3 6 4 0 11 71 6.45 0 0 2 0 3 1 2 0
    Danny Galea 0 0 22 5 3 1 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 27 8 1 1 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jon Clarke 0 1 20 1 2 0 1 8 34 4.25 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhodri Lloyd 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Gilmore 0 1 10 1 7 0 2 4 18 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Brett Kearney 1 0 6 0 0 5 0 21 180 8.57 1 10 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Sam Wood 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 15 142 9.47 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Elliott Kear 1 0 2 0 0 8 2 19 133 7.00 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adrian Purtell 0 0 10 0 1 2 0 16 103 6.44 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 25 2 2 1 0 9 100 11.11 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Henry 0 0 8 1 4 2 1 16 83 5.19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 25 3 4 0 0 11 80 7.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matty Blythe 0 0 35 11 4 2 0 17 73 4.29 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 1
    Chev Walker 0 0 23 6 4 3 0 11 67 6.09 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 1 0 3 0 3 5 3 13 51 3.92 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Mullally 0 0 26 6 2 2 0 6 47 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Donaldson 0 0 47 10 0 2 0 6 45 7.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Addy 0 1 14 0 3 0 0 7 45 6.43 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Daniel Bridge 0 0 14 3 1 0 0 8 45 5.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Oliver Roberts 0 0 8 3 0 1 0 4 31 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 37 10 3 0 0 4 27 6.75 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Gale 0 1 6 1 3 1 5 8 26 3.25 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 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