Match Report

Thursday 13th April 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 9

Widnes Vikings

(4) 10

Widnes Vikings
VS.

Warrington Wolves

19 (17)

Warrington Wolves

2 Tries

Stefan Marsh, Charly Runciman,

TRIES

Tries 3

Tom Lineham, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin,

1 Goals

Chris Bridge,

GOALS

Goals 3

Declan Patton 3,

0 D Goals

 

D. GOALS

D Goals 1

Declan Patton,

Attendance: 8,279  Official: P Bentham  Venue: -

Full Time Report

A dominant first-half display from Warrington Wolves ensured they stayed above Widnes Vikings in the Betfred Super League following a 19-10 basement battle victory.

Widnes opened the scoring on two minutes when Stefan Marsh took advantage of a Warrington knock on to score in the corner, which former Wolves centre Chris Bridge was unable to convert.

Quickfire tries from winger Tom Lineham and second row Jack Hughes put the visitors in front for the first time in the match before Joe Philbin touched down to extend their advantage with Dec Patton adding a drop-goal to take a 17-4 lead into the break.

Charly Runciman scored halfway through the second half to give the hosts some hope and Bridge's conversion reduced the arrears to 17-10 but a penalty from Patton, three minutes from time, extended the Wolves' unbeaten run to three matches to give themselves some breathing space over the Vikings at the foot of the table.

Warrington head coach Tony Smith was delighted with the performances of the young players that were drafted into his injury-hit squad.

“That was a real gutsy one and I thought we handled the pressure well," he said.

"I’m not only missing a few players, in (Daryl) Clark, Westerman, Brown and (Mike) Cooper, but we ended up losing a couple on the field as well, as Matty Russell and Ryan Atkins left the field and are both out for Monday’s game.

“We are down on troops but the good news story is the young blokes who came in did a good job. Philbin was terrific and some of our young forwards did a good job for us.

"Ben Julien, for him to come in without much game time and play the way he did was really good. George King also came in and did a great job.

"We didn’t have the big names but we got down and dirty. It wasn’t a pretty game but we made it hard for Widnes.”

Counterpart Denis Betts feels he has seen some signs that shows his team can improve.

He said: “Overall it’s a win and loss game and tonight I’ve seen some things to say that we’ve got some wins in us.

“Confidence wise, you live off it and you die in fear. We are dying in fear at the moment. (In the) second half we showed some positives, though.”