WOMENS: Widnes 4-52 Warrington

WOMENS: Widnes 4-52 Warrington widnesvikings.co.uk

12th August 2019

League leaders Warrington Wolves showed why they had only lost one game this season with a comprehensive 52-4 win over the Vikings.

The early minutes of the game saw Widnes with plenty of possession but they couldn’t break out of their own half.  

A handling error put them under more pressure and Samantha Simpson opened the scoring when she went over from close range. Michelle Davis added the conversion.  

Widnes made inroads into the Wolves half and after a penalty, their forwards found themselves on the Warrington line. Juliet Porter did well to turn in the tackle to touch down and the Vikings were only two points in arrears.

An Aimee Cleaver penalty failed to find touch and Warrington took full advantage as they swiftly moved the ball left for Sally Conyers to score in the corner.  

The Wolves then punished a dropped high kick which saw Amy Daniels get her side’s third try, and with Davis converting both scores, the visitors led 4-16.  

It was soon 4-22 as Meg Garvey went over from the play the ball, close to the posts. Emily Grundy then came onto the field to become the 47th player to debut for the Vikings since we formed last season.  

Widnes rallied, and led by the impressive Nicholette Postlethwaite, looked for a score before the break. A neat Cleaver kick to the corner just couldn’t be gathered in and a forward pass denied them another try. 

HALF-TIME: Widnes Vikings 4-22 Warrington Wolves

Widnes needed a good start to the half to get anything out of the game but within the first 10 minutes Warrington ensured the game was theirs.  

The marauding Roxette Murdoch set up a try for Rowanne Smalley before scoring a try herself. Two Davis conversions stretched their lead to 4-34 and they were totally in control.  

Widnes plugged away and an Abby Latchford burst up the middle saw Hannah Quirk go close. Another Cleaver cross kick almost created a try but they just couldn’t convert the few chances offered to them.

The final 15 minutes saw Warrington show no mercy as they scored three further tries. 

Murdoch grabbed her second then Rebekah Wilson capped an excellent display with a fine individual effort.  

Garvey completed the try scoring with her second and Davis converted all three to end with an impressive eight conversions from nine.  

Warrington are the only team to score more than 16 points past Widnes in the league campaign to date, so although this was a crushing derby defeat the team will learn from this and can now look forward to taking on Oulton Raidettes next weekend.

FULL-TIME: Widnes Vikings 4-52 Warrington Wolves 

Widnes Vikings: Jenny Moss, Olivia Barnard, Taz Corcoran, Hannah Quirk, Georgina Barnard, Aimee Cleaver, Meg Jackson, Emma Dobson, Juliet Porter, Catherine Bazley-Harrison, Rachael Porter, Chloe Richardson, Abby Latchford. SUBS:  Abby Flanagan, Sarina Tamou, Emily Grundy, Nicholette Postlethwaite, Wendy Johnson, Katie Smith, Casey Naylor.

Tries: J Porter   Goals: Cleaver 0/1


Warrington Wolves: Samantha Simpson, Sally Convers, Amy Daniels, Rowanne Smalley, Michelle Davis, Roxette Murdoch, Terri Allen, Gillian Capper, Megan Garvey, Sarah Faulkner, Rebekah Wilson, Tahleah Backo, Keira McCosh. SUBS: Aimie Toher, Catherine Davies, Megan Moore, Ellie Jeeves, Charlotte Hill, Mollie Parker.

Tries: Garvey 2, Murdoch 2, Conyers, Daniels, Simpson, Smalley, Wilson.  Goals: Davis 8/9


Player of the game: 

Widnes Vikings: Nicholette Postlethwaite 

Warrington Wolves: Rebekah Wilson


HT: 4-22   FT: 4-52    Pens: 6-6

WOMENS: Widnes 4-52 Warrington widnesvikings.co.uk