Widnes Vikings 14-28 Warrington Wolves

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4th August 2017

Widnes Vikings were beaten by Warrington Wolves at the Halton Stadium, in a hard fought contest.

The game had a poigiant start, with a rousing minute's applause in memory of Pat Price, celebrating the official launch of The Pat Price Stand. 

The contest began with Warrington crossing for the first points of the game, as Hanbury dropped a Dec Patton bomb to get the away side into position. After Cooper went close the tackle before, the Wolves shift it right out to Brown to put Hughes through a gap to score. Dec Patton added the extras.

The Vikings responded superbly and levelled the scores on the 15 minute mark through Jack Buchanan. Tom Lineham was penalised by Phil Bentham for moving off the mark to put the home side onto position, and Buchanan charged onto a Lloyd White flat pass to power over. White converted the try from in front of the sticks.

Denis Betts’ side took the lead for the first time in the game, as Joe Mellor crossed for a try. A penalty put the Vikings into an attacking position, before Lloyd White stepped and broke superbly, offloading to the supporting Mellor to score untouched. White added the extras from in front as the scores stayed the same heading into the break.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 12-6 Warrington Wolves

The Vikings continued the second half in the same manner that they finished the first, with pressure on the Warrington line. The first points of the second half came from the boot of Lloyd White, as he converted a penalty goal after Warrington were caught in an offside position.

The away side quickly responded to White’s penalty, and scored through Tom Lineham. Olbison dropped a Bridge offload, allowing Warrington to get into attacking position, and they shifted it left to Lineham, who snuck in at the corner. Dec Patton misses the conversion from the touchline.

After a long period of both sides going set-for-set against one another, the Wolves were the side to score the next points from Dec Patton. Two penalties put the Wolves into position on the Vikings’ line, and Patton was able to step past a couple of defenders to barge over under the sticks. He converted his own try.

Warrington extended their lead shortly afterwards, as Matty Russell crossed the try-line. The Wolves ran the ball on the last with Stefan Ratchford, who was able to put Hiku into space, and the centre drew in the defenders to offload to Russell to score. Patton converted the try.

On the next set, the Wolves were given a penalty and Patton’s boot extended the away side’s lead to 10 points.

The game was sealed with five minutes to go, as Peta Hiku crossed for a try. The Wolves were put into position after Hanbury dropped the ball on half-way , which they shifted right to Hiku, who found gap to score. Dec Patton missed the conversion from the touchline, with the game finishing 28-14 to The Wolvees. 

Full-time: Widnes Vikings 14-28 Warrington Wolves

Widnes: Hanbury; Marsh, Bridge, Runciman, Thompson; Mellor, Craven; Buchanan, White, Dudson, Houston, Whitley, Cahill. Replacements: Manuokafoa, Chapelhow, Olbison, Johnstone.

Warrington: Ratchford; Russell, Hiku, Atkins, Lineham; Brown, Patton; Hill, Clark, Sims, Jullien, Hughes, Cooper. Replacements: King, Savelio, Philbin, Smith.

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