Match Report

Friday 22nd April 2016, 20:00
Super League - Round: 12

Widnes Vikings

(6) 16

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Warrington Wolves

48 (30)

Warrington Wolves

3 Tries

Joe Mellor, Corey Thompson, Stefan Marsh,

TRIES

Tries 8

Kurt Gidley, Kevin Penny 2, Joe Westerman 2, Ben Westwood, Stefan Ratchford 2,

2 Goals

Rhys Hanbury 2,

GOALS

Goals 8

Kurt Gidley 7, Stefan Ratchford,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 7,441  Official: R Hicks  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

Full Time Report

Warrington Wolves returned to the top of First Utility Super League with a comfortable 48-16 victory over Widnes Vikings.

Kevin Penny, Joe Westerman and Stefan Ratchford all crossed twice to ensure the Wolves ended a two-match losing streak and condemned the Vikings to a fifth consecutive Super League loss.

The damage was done by half-time when the Wolves opened up a 30-6 lead.

Kurt Gidley, who also kicked seven conversions, dummied his way over and Penny scored in the corner to open up a 12-0 advantage in 10 minutes.

Joe Mellor halved the deficit for the Vikings in the 15th minute but Westerman scored twice and Ben Westwood crashed over from close range.

Although Corey Thompson crossed for the 14th time this season four minutes after the interval, Penny scored in the corner and Ratchford went over in front of the sticks twice in three minutes, either side of Stefan Marsh pulling a try back for the Vikings.

Warrington coach Tony Smith was delighted with his side's return to form following defeats to St Helens and Huddersfield Giants.

The Australian said: "We were flat last week and this was a very good response. We had no energy last week but we did tonight.

“We started well, controlled the game and were full of energy. The players wanted to respond and they did it emphatically.

“Widnes defended strongly in patches and I don't think their effort reflected the scoreline."

Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "We were poor and gave them too many opportunities. We lost the game because we couldn't tackle or defend and I don't know where our confidence has gone.

"Joe Mellor and Chris Houston worked their socks off but this is a tough one to take. 

"Warrington were very good but we allowed them to be very good. We lacked energy and Kurt Gidley did just what he wanted."