Widnes Vikings 20-39 Hull FC

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12th April 2018

Widnes Vikings were beaten 39-20 by Hull FC on Thursday night in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The Vikings started brightly in the game, but Lee Radford’s side posted the first points of the game as Danny Washbrook crossed the try line. The away side gained a penalty to put them into position, and after going down the short right side, Connor did well to flick pass the ball to Washbrook to squeeze in at the corner.

Hull FC extended their lead shortly afterwards as Bureta Faraimo touched down. A cross-field kick was taken out of the air by the winger, and was able to fend off two Vikings tacklers to cross the whitewash. Marc Sneyd converted the try.

The Vikings responded well, and Sam Wilde reduced the deficit when crossing on the 20 minute mark. The home side shifted the ball to their right edge with good hands, and Houston’s final pass hit Wilde and he scored in the corner. Tom Gilmore added the extras from the touchline.

Denis Betts’ side continued to press the Hull line, and almost levelled the scores as they shifted the ball left out to Charly Runciman, but three defenders from the away side bundled him into touch. 

The only remaining points of the first half came from the boot of Tom Gilmore with a penalty goal. Joe Mellor chipped and chased his own kick on the last, and was bundled aside by an FC defender, earning the penalty. Gilmore converted from 20 metres out to reduce FC’s lead to four points at the break.

Half-Time: Widnes Vikings 8-12 Hull FC. 

The home side started off the second half in the ascendency, but almost fell further behind when Jamie Shaul scored a break away try in the corner. However, video referee James Child disallowed the try for a double knock on.

The Vikings shortly after that hit the front for the first time in the game, and made their pressure count, as Tom Olbison barged over from close range. On the back of a penalty to put them into position, the back rower darted out from dummy half, caught the Hull defenders napping, and muscled over. Tom Gilmore converted the try to hand them the lead for the first time in the game.

The lead did not last long, however, as Masi Matongo went over under the sticks after collecting a short ball close to the Vikings line. Marc Sneyd converts the try.

FC made it back-to-back tries as Josh Griffin charged over. The centre stepped on his inside, beat a Vikings defender, and got over in the corner despite pressure from Hanbury. Marc Sneyd could not add the touchline conversion. 

Lee Radford’s side made it three tries in as many minutes as Fetuli Talanoa touched down in the corner. Albert Kelly initially made the break down-field, before being tackled 10 metres out. FC shifted the ball out to Sneyd on their left, and his kick to the corner for Talanoa was collected by the winger and touched down. Marc Sneyd missed the touchline conversion. 

With the away side 12 points in front in the game, Marc Sneyd successfully kicked a drop goal for the Black and Whites to give them a 13-point buffer over their opponents.

Hull FC got themselves over the try-line once more as Josh Griffin looked to have grabbed his second of the game, but the try was disallowed for a knock on by the centre. 

The Vikings reduced the deficit once more as Tom Olbison crossed for his second of the night. On the back of penalties to get them into position, Gilmore fed Olbison, and he ran through a gap and touched down under the sticks. Gilmore converted the try.

With the home side trying to keep the ball alive in an attempt to get back into the game, Josh Griffin sealed the points when intercepting Heremaia’s offload and running 40 metres to score. Marc Sneyd converted the try. 

The final try of the night was scored by full back Jamie Shaul, as he collected a Faraimo kick and touched down close to the sticks. Marc Sneyd converted the try and gave Hull FC a vital two points. 

Full-Time: Widnes Vikings 20-39 Hull FC

Widnes Vikings: Hanbury, Runciman, Whitley, Dean, Ince, Gilmore, Mellor, Burke, Heremaia, T Chapelhow, Wilde, Olbison, Houston. Replacements: Leuluai, Farnworth, Johnstone, J Chapelhow.

Hull FC: Shaul, Faraimo, Connor, Tuimavave, Talanoa, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Griffin, Washbrook, Bowden. Replacements: Downs, Green, Litten, Matongo.

Referee: Chris Kendall.

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