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Leigh Centurions 24-37 Widnes Vikings

Saturday 1st April 2017
KO: 16:00 - Round: 7

24-37 FT

HT: 12 18

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Leigh Sports Village

  • Leigh Centurions

  • Tries
    Danny Tickle, Ben Crooks 2, Sam Hopkins,

  • Goals
    Ben Reynolds 4,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Chris Bridge, Danny Craven 3, Sam Brooks, Charly Runciman,

  • Goals
    Tom Gilmore 6,

  • Drop Goals
    Tom Gilmore,

Match Highlights

Line Up

Bench

Adam
Higson
Mitch
Brown
Martyn
Ridyard
Ben
Reynolds
Jamie
Acton
Micky
Higham
Dayne
Weston
Atelea
Vea
Danny
Tickle
Gareth
Hock
Liam
Hood
Harrison
Hansen
Sam
Hopkins
James
Green

Bench

Rhys
Hanbury
Tom
Armstrong
Chris
Bridge
Charly
Runciman
Stefan
Marsh
Danny
Craven
Tom
Gilmore
James
Chapelhow
Jordan
Johnstone
Tom
Olbison
Chris
Houston
MacGraff
Leuluai
Manase
Manuokafoa
Sam
Brooks

Official Report / Commentary

Danny Craven scored a hat-trick as Widnes Vikings got their first Betfred Super League win of the season with a hard-fought 37-24 victory at Leigh Centurions.

The stand-off and half-back partner Tom Gilmore produced superb performances as Widnes became only the second team to win at Leigh Sports Village this season.

Widnes made a bright start with a try in only the fourth minute. Gilmore's kick to the corner was grounded by Chris Bridge but Stefan Marsh could not add the conversion.

Denis Betts' men went further ahead 10 minutes later when Craven shot through a gap in the Centurions' defence to score from 15 metres.

The arrival of Liam Hood and Harrison Hansen from the bench freshened up the Centurions, who scored twice in quick succession through Danny Tickle and Ben Crooks, before Widnes hit back through Craven to take an 18-12 lead at the break.

Sam Brooks crossed in the second half before Gilmore helped open up a 13-point lead, to which the hosts quickly responded through Crooks.

Sam Hopkins and Reynolds combined to pull it back to 24-25, but that was as close as Leigh got with the Vikings producing a strong finish to seal a much-needed win as Craven completed his hat-trick in the corner.

Denis Betts said: "To say it was a gutsy performance is an understatement.

"We had 11 probable starters sat in the stand and lost two players to concussion in the first 20 minutes. For the last 20 minutes I had no subs left. It was a massive effort.

"There is a dogged determination within the group and we had our backs to the wall."

Neil Jukes added: "I have no complaints with the result. Too many people had an off day for us. We didn't show enough desire and just looked like a team that didn't want to roll their sleeves up and get stuck in.

"We got what we deserved today. I was nervous with the way we defended our tryline because we didn't seem to grasp what we had practised in training."

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 80: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 67: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 67: TRY! scored for Widnes by Danny Craven
  • 62: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 62: TRY! scored for Leigh by Sam Hopkins
  • 52: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 52: TRY! scored for Leigh by Ben Crooks
  • 48: Goal scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 45: TRY! scored for Widnes by Sam Brooks
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 37: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 37: TRY! scored for Widnes by Danny Craven
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 32: TRY! scored for Leigh by Ben Crooks
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Leigh by Ben Reynolds
  • 26: TRY! scored for Leigh by Danny Tickle
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 13: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Tom Gilmore
  • 13: TRY! scored for Widnes by Danny Craven
  • 4: TRY! scored for Widnes by Chris Bridge
  • Key Performers

    Danny Craven

    Tries: 3
    Clean Breaks: 4

    Charly Runciman

    Metres: 207
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Centurions 4
    Vikings 6

    Goals:

    Centurions 4
    Vikings 6

    METRES:

    Centurions 1227
    Vikings 1177

    CARRIES:

    Centurions 174
    Vikings 170

    TACKLES:

    Centurions 361
    Vikings 296

    OFFLOADS:

    Centurions 10
    Vikings 4

    PENALTIES:

    Centurions 9
    Vikings 6

    BREAKS:

    Centurions 7
    Vikings 11

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Matthew Dawson 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 12 123 10.25 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Hampshire 0 2 6 1 1 1 2 11 101 9.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 25 7 2 2 0 12 94 7.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Hopkins 1 0 22 3 1 1 0 15 94 6.27 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Mitch Brown 0 0 16 3 2 2 0 10 86 8.60 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jamie Acton 0 0 27 4 2 2 0 9 83 9.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam Higson 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 17 82 4.82 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Crooks 2 0 19 5 1 2 0 13 76 5.85 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Gareth Hock 0 0 24 1 2 1 0 11 74 6.73 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
    Liam Hood 0 0 23 4 0 2 0 6 69 11.50 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Mick Higham 0 0 36 8 1 0 0 10 67 6.70 0 9 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Danny Tickle 1 0 45 10 5 2 0 11 64 5.82 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Reynolds 0 0 32 4 2 0 4 11 54 4.91 1 0 2 0 4 0 1 0
    James Green 0 0 19 2 2 0 0 9 52 5.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Dayne Weston 0 0 18 2 1 0 0 5 45 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Atelea Vea 0 0 30 2 3 2 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Martyn Ridyard 0 2 13 2 2 0 3 5 23 4.60 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Charly Runciman 1 0 3 0 2 4 0 14 207 14.79 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Armstrong 0 1 4 0 1 2 0 17 122 7.18 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 42 8 1 3 0 24 117 4.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 14 100 7.14 0 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Craven 3 0 14 0 0 7 2 8 85 10.63 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Johnstone 0 1 36 2 8 2 0 8 84 10.50 1 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 40 2 0 0 0 10 77 7.70 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matt Whitley 0 0 22 3 2 0 0 11 75 6.82 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 31 4 1 0 0 9 65 7.22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Olbison 0 0 29 2 1 0 0 13 61 4.69 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Sam Brooks 1 0 21 2 0 2 0 13 46 3.54 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Bridge 1 0 13 2 2 0 0 8 40 5.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Gilmore 0 3 10 1 1 2 2 8 31 3.88 0 0 1 0 6 0 2 0
    Greg Burke 0 0 9 2 0 1 0 6 30 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 3 18 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Stefan Marsh 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 10 3.33 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
    Danny Walker 0 0 12 3 0 1 0 1 9 9.00 0 1 0 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