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Widnes Vikings 50-6 Leigh Centurions

Sunday 27th September 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 7

50-6 FT

HT: 20 6

Attendance: 5,550

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Patrick Ah Van 2, Kevin Brown, Charly Runciman, Paddy Flynn, Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Joe Mellor, Jack Owens,

  • Goals
    Danny Tickle 5, Jack Owens 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Ben Reynolds,

  • Goals
    Ryan Brierley,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Rhys
Hanbury
Paddy
Flynn
Chris
Dean
Charly
Runciman
Patrick
Ah Van
Joe
Mellor
Alex
Gerrard
Aaron
Heremaia
Manase
Manuokafoa
Danny
Tickle
Hep
Cahill
Jack
Owens
Lloyd
White
James
Chapelhow

Bench

Greg
McNally
Jonathan
Pownall
Greg
Worthington
Tom
Armstrong
Liam
Kay
Ben
Reynolds
Ryan
Brierley
Tom
Spencer
Micky
Higham
Oliver
Wilkes
Gareth
Hock
Tommy
Goulden
Bob
Beswick
Lewis
Foster
Fuifui
Moimoi
Andrew
Dixon
Jake
Emmitt

Official Report / Commentary

Widnes Vikings wrapped up their season with a nine-try 50-6 victory over Leigh to leave promotion-favourites Centurions with only one win from seven matches in the First Utility Super League Super 8s Qualifiers.

Leigh took the lead with an early Ben Reynolds try but the Vikings hit back to stroll to victory in the first match between the clubs since 2011, with Patrick Ah Van, Kevin Brown, Charly Runciman and Paddy Flynn replying with touchdowns to give the hosts a 20-6 interval lead.

The Vikings, who handed youngster Jay Chapelhow his debut off the bench, added further tries in the second half from Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Joe Mellor, Ah Van and Jack Owens with Danny Tickle booting five goals and Owens another two.

There was nothing but pride at stake for Leigh, who were hotly fancied to figure in the Million Pound promotion showdown which will now be contested by Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Bradford Bulls next Saturday.

Leigh had managed to beat only Sheffield Eagles in the Qualifiers before the trip to Widnes - with crucial defeats by Halifax RLFC and Bradford.

The Vikings did not include any of their players leaving at the end of the season - Phil Joseph, Willie Isa, Chris Clarkson, Paul Johnson or Ben Kavanagh.

Leigh stunned Widnes by snatching a fifth-minute lead when Reynolds collected Liam Kay's well-judged cross-field kick on the full to romp over with Ryan Brierley converting.

Kay streaked clear after a mistake by the Vikings and looked a certain scorer before being surprisingly recalled with Leigh awarded the scrum.

It was a let-off for shaky Widnes who then lost Aaron Heremaia, who was helped off in a daze after a heavy tackle.

But Heremaia's replacement Lloyd White created the chance for Brown to send Ah Van over in the corner after 15 minutes with Tickle just off target with the kick.

Widnes managed to go ahead for the first time after 23 minutes when Brown used all his experience and class to dance through the defence with Tickle's conversion making it 10-6.

Leigh were down to 12 men on the half hour with Gareth Hock sin-binned for a high tackle on Hanbury and Widnes took advantage of the extra man for Runciman to race onto White's pass and stretch the lead to 14-6.

The Vikings added a fourth try with Hock still in the bin, with Flynn burrowing over in the corner and Tickle's goal making it 20-6 at the break.

Runciman had a second try ruled out early in the second half before Gerrard sidestepped Gregg McNally from a Manase Manuokafoa pass to score after another high tackle by Hock.

Then Brown picked up a loose ball to send Hanbury racing 80 metres to score a spectacular try and extend the advantage to 32-6.

Mellor had too much pace for the Leigh defence after 66 minutes to add a seventh try before Ah Van powered over Brierley for his second touchdown.

Owens completed the scoring with the Vikings' ninth try two minutes from time.

  • 78: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 78: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 73: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 73: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 66: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 66: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 61: Interchange On for Widnes, Jack Owens On
  • 61: Interchange Off for Widnes, Matt Whitley Off
  • 57: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 57: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 54: Interchange Off for Widnes, Hep Cahill Off
  • 54: Interchange On for Widnes, James Chapelhow On
  • 50: Interchange Off for Leigh, Micky Higham Off
  • 50: Interchange On for Leigh, Lewis Foster On
  • 49: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 49: TRY! scored for Widnes by Alex Gerrard
  • 40: TRY! scored for Widnes by Paddy Flynn
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 33: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 26: Interchange On for Leigh, Andrew Dixon On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Leigh, Fuifui Moimoi Off
  • 26: Interchange On for Leigh, Jake Emmitt On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Leigh, Oliver Wilkes Off
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 24: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 24: Interchange Off for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 24: Interchange On for Widnes, Gil Dudson On
  • 16: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 14: Interchange Off for Leigh, Tom Spencer Off
  • 14: Interchange Off for Widnes, Aaron Heremaia Off
  • 14: Interchange On for Widnes, Lloyd White On
  • 14: Interchange On for Leigh, Fuifui Moimoi On
  • 5: TRY! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ryan Brierley
  • Key Performers

    Rhys Hanbury

    Metres: 236

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Vikings 9
    Centurions 1

    Goals:

    Vikings 7
    Centurions 1

    METRES:

    Vikings 1516
    Centurions 914

    CARRIES:

    Vikings 178
    Centurions 140

    TACKLES:

    Vikings 262
    Centurions 325

    OFFLOADS:

    Vikings 11
    Centurions 10

    PENALTIES:

    Vikings 8
    Centurions 12

    BREAKS:

    Vikings 13
    Centurions 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Rhys Hanbury 1 1 2 0 0 6 0 19 236 12.42 1 6 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 27 4 2 6 0 18 133 7.39 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Gerrard 1 0 36 4 0 1 0 15 128 8.53 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 10 0 0 1 0 12 111 9.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 32 8 1 0 0 15 104 6.93 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
    Paddy Flynn 1 0 5 0 1 5 0 9 102 11.33 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 25 2 2 1 0 9 98 10.89 1 6 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Kevin Brown 1 3 9 0 1 4 4 16 84 5.25 2 0 4 0 0 0 3 0
    Patrick Ah Van 2 0 3 0 2 2 0 9 80 8.89 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Owens 1 0 3 0 0 3 1 5 77 15.40 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 1 14 1 2 0 0 10 74 7.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Charley Runciman 1 0 9 0 4 3 0 11 73 6.64 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Mellor 1 0 15 0 0 2 2 5 67 13.40 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Tickle 0 1 29 3 0 0 0 11 61 5.55 0 0 2 0 5 2 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 5 45 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Dean 0 0 22 5 1 2 0 9 43 4.78 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Aaron Heremaia 0 0 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 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
    Liam Kay 0 1 1 0 0 3 1 16 126 7.88 1 5 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Greg Worthington 0 0 31 5 3 4 0 12 93 7.75 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Pownall 0 0 9 0 2 0 0 12 88 7.33 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Fuifui Moimoi 0 0 18 4 2 2 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Gareth Hock 0 0 17 0 4 4 0 13 71 5.46 0 0 3 0 0 0 2 4
    Jacob Emmitt 0 0 37 5 1 1 0 12 68 5.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3
    Tom Armstrong 0 0 14 1 2 0 0 10 60 6.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mick Higham 0 0 34 5 1 0 0 5 59 11.80 0 5 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Tom Spencer 0 0 17 3 1 0 0 6 49 8.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Andrew Dixon 0 0 19 6 1 0 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Bob Beswick 0 0 33 8 1 0 1 6 41 6.83 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Brierley 0 0 13 0 4 0 0 9 35 3.89 0 1 2 0 1 0 1 0
    Oliver Wilkes 0 0 23 5 4 1 0 6 32 5.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Reynolds 1 0 8 0 3 2 4 6 29 4.83 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lewis Foster 0 0 14 3 2 0 0 4 20 5.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg McNally 0 0 6 0 2 0 1 5 18 3.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tommy Goulden 0 0 31 5 3 0 0 1 6 6.00 0 0 1 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