Widnes Vikings Reserves fell to defeat against an experienced Warrington Wolves outfit on Saturday afternoon.

It was a difficult afternoon for the visitors, who competed well despite the one-sided score line at Victoria Park.

After the Vikings had defended their line early on, the hosts broke the deadlock on 10 minutes when winger Reece Hamlett found space on the right edge and bounced off a couple of tackles to score.

Hamlett has his second five minutes later, as he showed enough strength to beat the scrambling defence off the back of a break from Riley Dean.

Warrington had their third try of the afternoon on 22 minutes, as they advanced deep into the Vikings’ half from a penalty where Luther Burrell raced over from close range.

Widnes enjoyed a period of pressure on the Wolves’ line, which included Will Donnelly being held up over the line after a good offload from Will Tilleke.

The home side relieved that pressure with an interception from Cole Oakley on their own line, who was hauled down inside the Vikings half by Ollie Brookes. A couple of tackles later Hamlett completed his hat-trick, rising highest to a kick to the corner.

With the final play of the half Warrington added another, as Leilani Latu crossed from close range off the back of a Samy Kibula offload.

Half-time: Warrington Wolves 28-0 Widnes Vikings

Four minutes into the second half the Vikings were down to 12, as Calum O’Neill was sent to the sin-bin for dissent. Moments later the home side took full advantage, as Kibula barged over from inside the 10.

Warrington utilised the extra man to score a further two tries before O’Neill returned to play, firstly through Oakley who picked up a kick and raced the length of the field to score.

On 50 minutes, Hamlett had his fourth of the afternoon as the Wolves made the extra man pay by putting the ball through hands.

On the hour mark the hosts brought up 50 points, with Dec Patton ducking under a tackle to score from close range.

With 11 minutes left on the clock, Burrell hit a good line back on the inside to collect his second try of the afternoon under the posts.

Eight minutes from time the Vikings broke their deadlock, as Brookes did well to dive over in corner, coming up with a smart finish under pressure.

That proved to be the final scoring play of the game, as the Vikings ended a difficult afternoon with the last points of the game.

Full-time: Warrington Wolves 56-4 Widnes Vikings

Warrington Wolves: Callum Green, Reece Hamlett, Adam Ford, Cole Oakley, Kevin Brown, Riley Dean, Dec Patton, Eribe Dobo, Kyle Shelford, Luis Johnson, Ellis Robson, Luther Burrell, Matt Davis.

Interchanges: Connor Terrill, Samy Kibula, Leilani Latu, Luke Walker.

Tries: Hamlett (10, 15, 28, 50), Burrell (22, 69), Latu (40), Kibula (45) Oakley (47), Patton (60) Goals: Patton 8/10

Widnes Vikings: Jayden Hatton, Niall Smith, Billy Glover, Jordan Brown, Ollie Brookes, Brad Calland, Kellen Wood, Jordan Case, Lewis Hulme, Calum O’Neill, Alex Clare, Connor Dwyer, James Rutledge.

Interchanges: Dec Baker, Will Tilleke, Will Donnelly, Sean Findlow.

Tries: Brookes (72) Goals: Wood 0/1

Warrington Wolves Reserves


Widnes Vikings Reserves

# Player Position TRY CON PEN DG
12. Jayden HattonFullback0000
526. Ollie BrookesWing1000
8Jordan CaseProp0000
19Lewis HulmeHooker0000
1021. Calum O’NeillProp0000
1215. Connor DwyerSecond-row0000
2024. Will TillekeInterchange0000
 Total 1000