Warrington Women 40-10 Widnes Women

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15th April 2019

In a tough but entertaining local derby, Widnes produced an error strewn performance to concede eight tries against Warrington Wolves .

The opening five minutes saw the home side camped in the Widnes half but strong tackling kept them at bay. Former Widnes captain, Sammi Simpson, then went on a 60-metre run but she couldn’t beat Demi-Lea Fisher who pulled off a great tackle to save a certain try.  

With one of their first ventures near the Warrington line, Widnes opened the scoring when Liv Miah dived over from acting half-back, and Fisher converted to give them a six point lead.  

However it wasn’t to last long as an error in their own half, which was to become a feature of the performance, gifted Warrington the ball. They then conceded a penalty and Wolves took full advantage with Meg Garvey diving over. Sophie Cowle converted to make the scores level.

Another handling mistake led to the next Warrington score as Simpson drifted around the defence to touch down. A third try soon followed when Danni Bound scored from close range, and with Cowle converting both efforts, it was 18-6.  

Widnes then went down to 12 players as Charlie McGraw saw yellow for a professional foul, and while she was off the field, Warrington scored a fourth try from Jen Pickersgill.

On the stroke of half time, Sarina Tamou was injured and after a lengthy stoppage she was stretchered from the field with a dislocated kneecap.

HALF-TIME: Warrington Wolves 22-6 Widnes Vikings 

Widnes opened the half brightly but once again their handling let them down and Simpson scored another trademark try which Cowle converted.  

Fisher restarted the game by finding touch and Widnes then had their best period of the game. Abbie Latchford was hauled down just short of the line and then Catherine Bazley-Harrison showed great skill and looked to certain to score but was denied by Simpson’s tackle.  

However, they did get their second try when Amy Bennett scored and another try at this stage just might have brought about a famous comeback. But Warrington then scored the try of the game as they went 70 metres down the left wing for Cowle to score.

In this bruising encounter, Jenny Moss had to leave the field with a shoulder injury and Warrington continued to show no mercy as Simpson completed her hat trick.  

Fisher, whose kicking game and defensive work was a highlight for the Vikings, became the third Widnes player to be helped from the field. In the remaining minutes Warrington’s captain, Roxy Murdoch, scored the final try of the game to complete a miserable afternoon for the visitors.

FULL TIME  Warrington Wolves 40-10 Widnes Vikings 

Warrington Wolves: Jen Pickersgill, Sophie Cowle, Sally Conyers, Amy Daniels, Danni Bound, Terri Allen, Megan Moore, Aimee Toher, Meg Garvey, Gill Capper, Roxy Murdoch, Sheree McCartney, Sammi Simpson. SUBS:  Sarah Faulkner, Rowan Smalley, Cat Davies, Kiera McCosh, Mollie Parker, Rebekah Wilson, Jade Crosby.

Tries: Simpson 3, Bound, Cowle, Garvey, Murdock, Pickersgill.

Goals: Cowle 4/8


Widnes Vikings: Demi-Lea Fisher, Sarah Bazley-Harrison, Amy Bennett, Olivia Barnard, Hannah Quirk, Charlie McGraw, Meg Jackson, Emma Dobson, Olivia Miah, Chloe Richardson, Sarina Tamou, Abbie Latchford, Jenny Moss. SUBS:  Catherine Bazley-Harrison, Jazzmine Mason, Georgina Barnard, Katie Dolan, Chelsey Fairclough, Sian Goldwyn-Outten, Nina Martin.

Tries: Bennett, Miah.

Goals: Fisher 1/2


HT   22-6

FT    40-10

Pens  7-5

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