Halifax Past Meetings

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9th July 2019

Widnes Vikings travel to Halifax on Sunday afternoon in Round 21 of the Betfred Championship season, looking to take their brilliant home form on the road to The Shay. 

Kieron Purtill's side defeated Rochdale Hornets to make it six home victories in a row at the Halton Stadium, with a vital two points up for grabs away from home.

Ahead of Sunday's clash against Halifax, here’s a look at some of our previous meetings from recent years....

Widnes Vikings 40-16 Halifax - 1st Feb 2019

The Vikings kicked off their 2019 campaign with an emphatic victory over Halifax back in February, as Jack Owens made his return to club, while Adam Tangata, Liam Hood and Anthony Gelling all made their Vikings debuts.

Jack Owens opened the scoring early on, chasing down a towering Danny Craven kick, before Gelling found his way over from close range. A clever finish from Ryan Ince saw him extend the Vikings lead, before Halifax responded when a nice passage of play ended with fullback Quentin Laula-Togagae finding Will Sharp out wide.

Ben Kaye grabbed another try for ‘Fax, before Craven dummied his way over to make it 22-10 as the two sides headed down the tunnel for half-time.

In the second half, Ince completed his hat-trick with two smart finishes out wide, with Gelling crossing for a second when he ran onto a Joe Lyons ball. In the dying minutes of the game, Halifax made a break through Laula-Togagae who found Ben Kavanagh in support to score a consolation try for Halifax, as the game ended 40-16 to the Vikings.

Widnes Vikings: Owens, Ince, Gelling, Brand, Ashall-Bott, Craven, Lyons, Tangata, Hood, Hansen, Wilde, Dean, Leuluai. Interchanges: T Chapelhow, Jordan Johnstone, Owen Farnworth, Brad Walker.

Halifax RLFC: Laulu-Togagae, Sharp, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall, Robinson, Murrell, White, Fairbank, Kaye, Kavanagh, Larroyer, Barber, Grix. Interchanges: Fleming, Cooper, Moore, Calcott.

Widnes Vikings 26-12 Halifax - September 2018

The Vikings defeated Halifax to pick up their first win of the Super 8’s, The Qualifiers, battling past the visitors to secure a 26-12 victory at the Halton Stadium.

Widnes opened the scoring after 10 minutes, as Joe Lyons sent Weller Hauraki over for a try, before Will Sharp knocked on Liam Finn’s last tackle kick and Krisnan Inu charged over in the extra set of six tackles. Scott Murrel sent James Woodburn-Hall over with an inside ball to get Halifax off the mark, as they were within four points of the Vikings as the first half ended.

Eight minutes into the second half, Patrick Ah Van found his way over before he created a score for Inu, after the winger batted back Finn’s last tackle kick. In response, Fax put the ball through hands to send Salstonhall over for a try in the corner, however the Vikings got the final points of the game as a Hauraki kick was chased by Ah Van, who scored to secure a 26-12 victory.

Widnes Vikings: Mellor, Ah Van, Inu, Runciman, Buckley, Lyons, Finn, Gubb, White, Houston, Hauraki, Hansen, Leuluai. Interchanges: Walker, J Chapelhow, Olbison, Wilde.

Halifax RLFC: Sharp, Saltonstall, Heaton, Butler, Woodburn-Hall, Murrell, Johnstone, Fleming, Kaye, Fairbank, Tangata, Grady, Davies. Interchanges: Jones, Moore, Cooper, Maher.

Halifax 12-36 Widnes - 13th August 2017

In another Qualifiers meeting, the Vikings picked up a comfortable victory at The Shay, with Chris Bridge beating a defender and barging his way over to open the scoring. Joe Mellor partially broke through the Halifax defence and offloaded to Lloyd White for a walk-in to extend the lead. Charly Runciman scored the final try of the first half, as fullback Rhys Hanbury put the centre into space for a try out wide.

The first two tries of the second half came from Corey Thompson, the first diving over after being put into space and the second catching a towering Danny Craven kick to score.

Although the game was pretty much over already, Halifax replied as a Hanbury pass was intercepted by Ben Heaton who ran 40 metres to score. The home side scored another try soon after, Heaton scored again, diving over out wide to make it 26-12.

The Vikings finally put the game to bed with two tries late on, as Mellor and Craven stepped their way over for the final scores of the contest to seal the win.

Halifax RLFC: Sharp, Heaton, Barber, Tyrer, Worrincy, Murrell, Johnston, Morris, Kaye, Fairbank, Grady, Cahalane, Grix. Interchanges: Woodburn-Hall, Sio, Moore, Douglas.

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

Widnes Vikings 47-36 Halifax - 22nd April 2011

Back in 2011, these two sides met in the Championship as the Vikings came out on top in a high-scoring affair.

Declan Hulme scored a 10-minute hattrick, Logan Tomkins grabbed a brace and Simon Finnigan and Tommy Coyle also scored for the home side in the first half. Michael Ostick, Corey Paterson and Dylan Nash were on the scoresheet for Halifax, who trailed 38-18 at the break.

Paul White scored the first points of the second half as Halifax threatened a comeback, before Finnigan collected his second try of the game. Sam Barlow and Nash scored either side of a Chaz I’Anson drop-goal to set up a tense finish, before Steve Tyrer added a late penalty goal.

Widnes Vikings: Hulme, Flynn, Ropati, Tyrer, Gardner; Mellor, I’Anson; Varkulis, Coyle, Kavanagh, Finnigan, Leuluai, Allen. Interchanges: Grady, Houghton, Tomkins, Sculthorpe.

Halifax RLFC: Greenwood, White, Paterson, Haley, Worrincy; Black, Holroyd; Ostick, Beswick, Gannon, Chandler, Bannister, Fairbank. Interchanges: Nash, Aizue, Penkywicz, Barlow.

Halifax 22-27 Widnes Vikings - 21st June 2009

The Vikings booked their place in the Northern Rail Cup final as they beat league leaders Halifax 27-22 at the Shay, thanks to a fantastic performance from scrum-half Anthony Thackeray.

Fax recovered from an early 20-6 deficit to take a 22-20 lead. But a Craig Hall drop-goal, and Thackeray’s match-winning try to complete his hat-trick won Widnes the tie to get them to the final.

Gavin Dodd was also on the scoresheet for the Vikings, as Halifax scored through Sam Tanghart, Shad Royston (2) and Ben Black in a nerve-rattling semi-final encounter.

Black had a chance to win the game for his side when he broke free with the try-line beckoning, however he came up with a knock-on as he attempted to switch the ball into his opposite hand, much to the delight of the travelling Widnes fans.

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This match preview was written by Liam Flanagan, work experience student from Wade Deacon High School.

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