Match Report

Thursday 22nd June 2017, 20:00
Super League - Round: 19

Widnes Vikings

(20) 36

Widnes Vikings

Leigh Centurions

10 (0)

Leigh Centurions

7 Tries

Chris Bridge, Chris Houston 2, Corey Thompson 2, Ryan Ince, Matt Whitley,


Tries 2

Nick Rawsthorne, Atelea Vea,

4 Goals

Chris Bridge 3, Danny Craven,


Goals 1

Josh Drinkwater,

0 D Goals



D Goals 0


Attendance: 5,604  Official: J Child  Venue: Halton Stadium

Full Time Report

Chris Houston and Corey Thompson scored doubles as Widnes Vikings beat Leigh Centurions 36-10 in a bottom-of-the-table Betfred Super League clash.

The Vikings ran in four tries to climb off the bottom of the table and be replaced by Leigh, with just a point between the two.

The home side were well ahead in the energy battle and it showed in a high-octane 20 minutes where the Vikings laid down a marker.

Chris Bridge returned to the side with a bang as he got the first try in the third minute, before Houston was freed by Rangi Chase for a second just three minutes later.

Thompson got in on the act just after the half-hour as he found his way over, and Houston opened up a 20-0 half-time lead when he bulldozed over.

It was Leigh who drew first blood in the second half as Nick Rawsthorne slid over for a debut score, before Atelea Vea added a second to revive the match.

However, Ryan Hampshire gifted Thompson an open run to the line to put the game out of the visitors' reach, before Ryan Ince and Marry Whitley wrapped up an easy win.

An angry Neil Jukes said of his side's loss: “It was an awful first half. I still can’t get my head around it. We had a tough week and got some good talk going so we were confident. We even spoke about this as being a cup final.

"It’s as bad as I’ve seen. It was disappointing for a game of this magnitude."

Widnes head coach Denis Betts added: “We looked more in control. We are starting to get bodies back now and that is obviously helping. The kids that aren’t playing in the side now, they have given us the base but we’ve brought more experience in and that’s good for us.

“We have got to put in some more good performances. We have enjoyed this last month, three wins from four games.”