Match Report

Monday 17th April 2017, 15:00
Super League - Round: 10

Leeds Rhinos

(30) 42

Leeds Rhinos

Widnes Vikings

22 (6)

Widnes Vikings

7 Tries

Kallum Watkins 2, Matt Parcell 2, Joel Moon 2, Tom Briscoe,


Tries 4

Tom Gilmore 2, Corey Thompson, Chris Houston,

7 Goals

Kallum Watkins 7,


Goals 3

Tom Gilmore 3,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance: 15,408  Official: S Mikalauskas  Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium

Full Time Report

Kallum Watkins scored two tries and seven goals but Leeds Rhinos were forced to withstand a fierce second-half fightback to complete a perfect Easter with a 42-22 victory over struggling Widnes Vikings.

The Rhinos, who won 52-24 at Hull FC on Good Friday, ran in five first-half tries to lead 30-6 at the break but three unanswered scores from the Vikings reduced the deficit to eight points before the hosts rallied in the last 10 minutes.

Leeds' sixth win in their last seven games ensured that they stay hard on the heels of Betfred Super League leaders Castleford Tigers.

Widnes, still with just one win in their first 10 games, remain rooted to the foot of the table.

It was Leeds first success over their Cheshire rivals in four games between the sides, dating back to February 2015.

Matt Parcell and Joel Moon also claimed a brace of tries for the Rhinos, while Tom Gilmore grabbed two tries and three goals for the visitors.

Leeds head coach Brian McDermott said: "There were a couple of things involved in the second half, not least Widnes' desire to get back into the game. But we were running at 40% in the second half and the last thing we needed to do was give them an invite back into the game.

"Credit to Widnes - they made it a contest but had we done things differently they never would have been able to make it a contest."

Widnes head coach Denis Betts said: "We're down on troops and it's a tough time at the moment. We'd like to take credit for the second half - they ran out of steam a little bit too.

"We need to win and need to win a home game. But there's still a long way to go and the bottom four is still made up of sides on six and seven points, so they are not so far away."