Warrington Wolves 38-12 Widnes Vikings

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20th January 2019

Widnes Vikings put in another promising display as their pre-season campaign continued at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday afternoon, with the visitors going down 38-12 against the Super League outfit.

Kieron Purtill was without Krisnan Inu, Anthony Gelling, Jay Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Tom Gilmore Lloyd Roby and Dan Norman for his second game in charge of the club.

Hep Cahill made his first appearance in a Vikings shirt since May 2018, when an Achilles injury brought his season to a premature end. Olly Ashall-Bott also featured for the first time in 2019, while Jaydon Hatton became the latest Academy star to make the step-up.

Warrington piled the pressure on the visitors early on in the contest, as they had four back-to-back sets on the Vikings’ line. The defence stood up well though, as they absorbed wave after wave of attack to keep their opponents at bay.

Keanan Brand sparked the first dangerous attack for Widnes when he shrugged off Ryan Atkins’ tackle to step through the line, but he was hauled down before he could find a player in support.

Widnes survived a scare soon after when Josh Charnley made a break down the right edge, however the winger’s pass to the supporting Kevin Brown went to ground with the try line beckoning.

Finally, after 25 minutes of play, the Vikings got a breakthrough as a Joe Lyons kick forced a repeat set deep inside the Warrington half and Liam Hood managed to muscle his way over from dummy half. Jack Owens added the simple conversion, to make it 6-0.

It took a further 10 minutes for the next score of the first half, as Warrington replied off the back of a Widnes error. A wayward pass found the floor which was scooped up by Ryan Atkins, who sent Jake Mamo racing down the right touchline for the try. Stefan Ratchford’s conversion levelled the scores at 6-6.

From the kick-off set, the Vikings conceded a penalty, and from the resulting set Blake Austin spun out of a would-be tackle to reach out and find the try line from close range. Ratchford was on target again to give Warrington a six-point lead at half-time.

Half-time: Warrington Wolves 12-6 Widnes Vikings

With the first set of the second half Warrington were in again, as they shipped the ball through hands to the left edge to set Tom Lineham free, who then found Declan Patton in support on the inside to finish the break. Ratchford was wayward with his conversion attempt, as the Vikings trailed 16-6.

Widnes came up with an immediate response though, as Owens forced Ratchford to concede a goal-line drop-out which led to their second score of the game. On the last tackle of the resulting set Joe Lyons stabbed a kick in behind the Warrington defence, which Owens hacked into the in-goal where Brad Walker won the race to ground the ball. A successful conversion cut the deficit to just four points.

On 52 minutes the Wolves restored their 10-point advantage, as Patton’s towering bomb was dropped by Brand into the in-goal area, where Daryl Clark was on-hand to ground the ball.

10 minutes later Warrington had extended their lead, as clever play from Austin found Mamo on the right, before the winger combined with Toby King to score his second try of the game.

It took three minutes for the Wolves to find their way over on the opposite edge, with Austin involved again as Tom Lineham raced in untouched.

The Vikings rung the changes during the final stages of the game, as Jayden Hatton entered the field for his first appearance with the First Team.

With six minutes left on the clock, Warrington scored their fifth try of the second half as Josh Charnley showed his strength from close range to find his way over for an unconverted score.

The final score of the game came from Mamo, as he completed his hat-trick after racing through a hole in the defence from a scrum, with Atkins missing the conversion attempt from the touchline.

Full-time: Warrington Wolves 38-12 Widnes Vikings

Warrington Wolves: Stefan Ratchford, Tom Lineham, Bryson Goodwin, Ryan Atkins, Josh Charnley, Kevin Brown, Blake Austin, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Harvey Livett, Jack Hughes, Jason Clark.

Interchanges: Lama Tasi, Toby King, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Ben Westwood, Jake Mamo, Sitaleki Akauola, Danny Walker.

Tries: Mamo (35, 62,78), Austin (38), Patton (41), Clark (52), Lineham (65), Charnley (74)

Goals: Ratchford 3/5 Patton 0/2 Atkins 0/1

Widnes Vikings: Olly Ashall-Bott, Ryan Ince, Chris Dean, Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Jack Owens, Joe Lyons, Hep Cahill, Liam Hood, Adam Tangata, Harrison Hansen, Sam Wilde, MacGraff Leuluai.

Interchanges: Wellington Albert, Jordan Johnstone, Brad Walker, Owen Farnworth, Liam Walsh, Sam Freeman, Dom Speakman, Ben Davies, Lewis Else, Jayden Hatton.

Tries: Hood (25), Walker (46)

Goals: Owens 2/2

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