Hull Kingston Rovers 12-6 Widnes Vikings

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9th September 2017

Widnes Vikings were beaten 12-6 by Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday afternoon, as Rovers sealed their place back in Super League.

The Vikings started the game in the ascendency, and Danny Craven’s kicking game was causing the home side problems, but the pressure wasn’t turned into points as Buchanan dropped a flat Craven pass with the Vikings looking threatening. 

The home side posted the first points of the game as Jamie Ellis kicked a penalty goal from the 20 metre mark after a high tackle from the away side.

Tim Sheens’ side then took control of the game, and an error from Thompson put Rovers into position, but strong goal-line defence kept Hull KR out on a number of occasions by the Vikings.

The Vikings posted the first points of the game, with a rare try for loose forward Hep Cahill. Craven’s kicking game caused Rovers problems early on, and did so again with a high bomb. Winger Ryan Ince patted the ball back to Houston from the kick, who in turn offloaded to Cahill and Hep just had to dive over for an easy score. Lloyd White added the extras.

The rest of the first half was mostly spent in the Vikings’ half, as the home side tried to apply pressure and get themselves back in the game. They were eventually rewarded with a minute left on the clock, as Thomas Minns crossed in the left corner. A knock-on from the Vikings put Rovers into position, and a Mose Masoe offload went into the arms of Minns who crossed to score. Jamie Ellis converted the try to give them the lead at the break. 

Half-Time: Hull Kingston Rovers 8-6 Widnes Vikings.

The second half continued in the same manner in which the first finished, with both sides going set-for-set, trying to gain control, with little chances offered by either. Jamie Ellis tried to add an extra two points from a penalty goal, but missed to the left hand side. 

The first points of the half would eventually come with just ten minutes remaining, and Ryan Shaw was the scorer. Lloyd White broke for the Vikings, offloaded to Whitley, with the Vikings looking threatening, but his pass was intercepted by Ryan Shaw who ran the length to score. Jamie Ellis converted the try.

The Vikings tried to get themselves back in the game, but Rovers stood strong with numerous sets on the home side’s line and took the two points and sealed their place back in Super League.

Full-Time: Hull Kingston Rovers 12-6 Widnes Vikings

Hull KR: Quinlan, Shaw, Heffernan, Minns, Moss, Abdull, Ellis, Scruton, Lawler, Jewitt, Addy, Clarkson, Kavanagh. Subs - Greenwood, Lunt, Masoe, Blair.

Widnes: Thompson, Marsh, Dean, Runciman, Ince, Mellor, Craven, Buchanan, White, Dudson, Whitley, Houston, Cahill. Subs: Gerrard, Manuokafoa, Olbison, D.Walker.

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