Match Report

Sunday 14th February 2016, 15:00
Super League - Round: 2

Widnes Vikings

(28) 56

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Leeds Rhinos

12 (6)

Leeds Rhinos

10 Tries

Stefan Marsh 2, Setaimata Sa, Corey Thompson 3, Lloyd White, Charly Runciman, Joe Mellor, Connor Farrell,

TRIES

Tries 2

Kallum Watkins, Rob Burrow,

8 Goals

Rhys Hanbury 8,

GOALS

Goals 2

Jordan Lilley 2,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 6,596  Official: G Stokes  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

Full Time Report

First Utility Super League champions Leeds Rhinos' preparations for next Sunday's World Club Challenge are in disarray after they crashed to a 56-12 defeat at Widnes Vikings.

Vikings' Australian winger Corey Thompson scored a hat-trick of tries on his home debut to help rack up Widnes' biggest-ever win over the Rhinos and condemn them to a second successive defeat on the artificial pitch at the Halton Stadium.

Following their opening 12-10 home defeat by Warrington Wolves, it is the first time for 16 years that Leeds have lost their first two matches of the season but of more immediate concern is an early-season injury crisis that threatens to cause massive disruption ahead of their clash with North Queensland Cowboys.

Already without Danny McGuire, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Stevie Ward and new signing Beau Falloon, the champions lost winger Tom Briscoe, full-back Ashton Golding and second-rower Carl Ablett with leg injuries before half-time when they trailed 28-6.

Constantly having to re-shuffle, the Rhinos were simply no match for a slick-moving Widnes side who have made it two wins out of two in an impressive start to the season. 

 

McDermott does not believe his players were distracted by the clash with the Cowboys at Headingley next Sunday.

"If it did, it shouldn't do,"McDermott said. "We weren't great.

"The most disappointing things are how we played and the injuries. We're not sure of extent of the injuries but all three are very doubtful next week."

McDermott does not expect to get any of his othe rinjured players back for next weekend, either.

He added: "Jamie Jones is close but it would be silly to rush him back. We will have a look at Beau Falloon but he was going to be in a boot for another 10 days at least so if we do play him it would be a risk. And Stevie Ward is nowhere near." 

Vikings coach Denis Betts was thrilled with his side's display.

He said: "It's hard not to be so pleased and happy with the performance. We're two games in so we don't want to get carried away but we came into the game with real confidence of winning and to restrict Leeds to 12 points is a real bonus.

"I thought Lloyd White was the best player on the field by a long way. He was absolutely fantastic and there were lots of performances to support him.

"In the last few years we've lacked consistency and that's one of the things we're trying to drive."