Widnes Vikings 26-12 Halifax RLFC

Saturday 15th September 2018
KO: 15:15 - Round: 5

26-12 FT

HT: 10 6

Attendance: 3,372

Official: G Hewer

Venue: Halton Stadium

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Weller Hauraki, Krisnan Inu 2, Patrick Ah Van 2,

  • Goals
    Krisnan Inu 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Halifax RLFC

  • Tries
    James Woodburn-Hall, James Saltonstall,

  • Goals
    Shane Grady, Scott Murrell,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Joe
Mellor
Patrick
Van
Krisnan
Inu
Charly
Runciman
Owen
Buckley
Joe
Lyons
Liam
Finn
Charlie
Gubb
Lloyd
White
Chris
Houston
Harrison
Hansen
MacGraff
Leuluai
Tom
Olbison
Sam
Wilde
Jay
Chapelhow

Bench

Will
Sharp
James
Saltonstall
Ben
Heaton
James
Woodburn-Hall
Scott
Murrell
Ben
Johnston
Dan
Fleming
Ben
Kaye
Adam
Tangata
Connor
Davies
Shane
Grady
Jacob
Fairbank
Brandon
Moore
Sion
Jones

Official Report / Commentary

Krisnan Inu and Patrick Ah Van touched down for doubles as Widnes Vikings ended their 17-game losing run with a workmanlike 26-12 victory over Halifax at the Halton Stadium.

It was a must-win for Widnes to give them a flicker of hope of making the Million Pound Game and they delivered. But with away games at Toronto Wolfpack and Hull KR remaining, it is a tough ask for Francis Cummins' side.

Halifax made the brighter start and former Viking Shane Grady had a try chalked off for offside by the video referee before Widnes hit back with two scores in the space of six minutes from Weller Hauraki and Inu, who added one conversion.

Led by veteran stand-off Scott Murrell, Fax inched their way back in it and five minutes before half-time they struck through James Woodburn-Horn as Widnes were caught napping, with Grady adding the extras.

Ah Van restored order after the break with a simple try out wide and then Inu spectacularly dived over in the corner to leave Halifax 22-6 down.

Jason Saltonstall crashed over in the corner with Murrell converting to reduce the deficit before Ah Van crossed in the final seconds.

Widnes boss Francis Cummins said: “Until you can’t do it we will keep going. We should have won last week [against Leeds] but our goal is winning the last two games.

“We have to make sure next week that we put our best performance in. I can see the change and the pressure release from the players. We will have to play better and I expect them to be better next week.

“Hull KR went there [Toronto] and got a win and we can go over there and do the same.

“The win has been a long time coming. The victory song was sang and I don’t think half the players knew all the words!”

Halifax head coach Richard Marshall said: “It was an opportunity lost as I thought we could come here and win. Let’s not get this out of context - we could have won this game and we failed to do so.

“We lost Simon Grix before the game and that affected our plan and what we were doing. We had to change a few things around.

“There’s wasn’t a lot of difference between the two sides but we found ways to help them as we made some poor errors and defensive reads and got punished.

“We did put ourselves back in it and we had our chances but we have come up a bit short. Widnes were desperate and they had to win it."

  • 79: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 75: GOAL! scored for Halifax by Scott Murrell
  • 74: TRY! scored for Halifax by James Saltonstall
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 62: TRY! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 48: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Halifax by Shane Grady
  • 34: TRY! scored for Halifax by James Woodburn-Hall
  • 14: TRY! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 10: TRY! scored for Widnes by Weller Hauraki
  • Key Performers

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 5
    Halifax RLFC 2

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Halifax RLFC 2

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Joe Mellor 0 0 4 0 1 12 0 16 134 8.38 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Chris Houston 0 0 40 18 3 2 0 14 109 7.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Patrick Ah Van 2 1 6 2 2 0 0 11 104 9.45 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Charlie Gubb 0 0 17 3 1 1 0 15 104 6.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Owen Buckley 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 14 102 7.29 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Krisnan Inu 2 1 12 2 3 12 0 11 99 9.00 2 1 0 0 3 2 1 1
    Harrison Hansen 0 0 19 1 2 2 0 12 86 7.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Weller Hauraki 1 2 32 7 5 0 1 12 80 6.67 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Sam Wilde 0 0 33 6 1 3 0 8 80 10.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Charly Runciman 0 0 16 4 2 1 0 13 77 5.92 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 35 5 3 1 0 12 70 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 37 10 1 1 0 8 65 8.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 30 10 0 0 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lloyd White 0 0 22 4 6 2 0 9 55 6.11 0 5 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 17 0 1 0 3 6 36 6.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Walker 0 0 25 6 0 0 0 3 20 6.67 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Joe Lyons 0 1 19 3 1 2 5 6 18 3.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    James Saltonstall 1 0 3 0 2 3 0 19 136 7.16 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Will Sharp 0 0 7 0 1 6 0 15 118 7.87 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Will Maher 0 0 33 12 1 2 0 14 113 8.07 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    James Woodburn-Hall 1 0 8 0 1 5 0 11 108 9.82 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Brandon Moore 0 0 29 6 1 3 0 10 66 6.60 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Ben Heaton 0 1 18 2 4 2 1 12 65 5.42 1 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Tangata 0 0 28 6 1 1 0 11 62 5.64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chester Butler 0 0 27 7 0 0 0 8 55 6.88 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Sion Jones 0 0 20 4 0 0 0 8 45 5.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jacob Fairbank 0 0 53 7 3 2 0 10 43 4.30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Shane Grady 0 0 29 7 2 1 1 7 41 5.86 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1
    Ben Johnston 0 0 11 2 6 3 1 8 38 4.75 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Dan Fleming 0 0 24 2 4 1 0 7 33 4.71 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Connor Davies 0 0 35 4 2 1 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Murrell 0 1 9 0 7 2 4 6 24 4.00 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
    Ben Kaye 0 0 29 4 5 0 1 3 24 8.00 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Cooper 0 0 7 1 2 1 0 2 14 7.00 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