Match Report

Sunday 29th May 2016, 15:00
Super League - Round: 16

Widnes Vikings

(4) 24

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Huddersfield Giants

20 (16)

Huddersfield Giants

10 Tries

Corey Thompson 2, Joe Mellor 2, Stefan Marsh,

TRIES

Tries 8

Nathan Mason, Danny Brough, Joe Wardle, Jermaine McGillvary,

4 Goals

Rhys Hanbury 2,

GOALS

Goals 4

Danny Brough 2,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 0

 

Attendance: 4,683  Official: C Kendall  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

Full Time Report

Widnes Vikings staged an impressive fightback against Huddersfield Giants to end their run of eight First Utility Super League defeats in a row.

The Vikings trailed 16-0 until just before the break but then ran in five tries to end their lean spell after a thrilling contest at the Select Security Stadium.

Huddersfield led 16-4 at half-time through tries from Nathan Mason, Danny Brough and Joe Wardle, with two goals from Brough, and the Vikings' only reply courtesy of a touchdown from Corey Thompson came two minutes before the interval.

But Widnes fought back to lead 24-16 thanks to two tries from man-of-the-match Joe Mellor and others from Stefan Marsh and Thompson, with Rhys Hanbury adding two conversions.

Jermaine McGillvary touched down for Huddersfield to cut the deficit to four points after 69 minutes but Widnes held on to strengthen their position in the top eight.

Widnes boss Denis Betts admitted a sense of relief, saying: "I thought we were the better team even when we went 16-0 down.

"We just couldn't get over the line but showed plenty of character, fight and desire and we needed a win, it's a relief.

"We have not been playing badly but losing games; now it will put some belief in our bellies for the next matches before the cup quarter-final.

"We had been getting too anxious but, although it wasn't pretty at times, we looked more like the side we were at the start of the year."

Giants coach Paul Anderson offered no excuses for his side’s performance, adding: "We got what we deserved.

"At 16-0 up another score may have put the game to bed but we made too many individual errors and missed tackles.

"Where we are at the moment we can't afford to be that sloppy.

"At half-time we spoke about doing the simple things right but undid everything we did against St Helens last week.

"It's a fair wake-up call and a reality check. We have to be a lot better than that."