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Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos, Sunday 26th February kick off 2.00pm

19th February 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The newly crowned World Champions head to Widnes Vikings’ Stobart Stadium next Sunday as they return to action in the Stobart Super League.

Tickets and travel are now on sale for the Leeds Rhinos away match against Widnes Vikings at the Stobart Stadium which is on Sunday 26th February kick off 2.00pm.

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The tickets for unreserved seating in the West Stand, behind the posts at one end of the ground. These are priced at £20 adults, £13 OAP’s (over 65) and Students. Juniors under 16 are priced at £11. Tickets for Rhinos Junior Season Ticket Holders can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Rhinos ticket office. Disabled tickets are priced at £20 and £13 depending on age. Helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID. If disabled supporters require car parking, please contact Widnes Vikings on 0151 420 7227.

NB. Tickets prices increase by £2 on the day of the game.

It will be the first meeting between the two sides since Super League X back in 2005 however Leeds did play at the Halton Stadium last season, when they lost to tennants St Helens. It will be the Rhinos first outing on the Widnes' I Pitch and the two teams Under 20 sides will play each other on the pitch before the main game.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £15.00. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 11.00am. Don’t forget that if you are a season ticket holder you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season ticket at the ticket office – terms and conditions apply.

Match tickets will be available until 4.00pm on Friday 24th February from the Rhinos Ticket Office. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk.

Widnes Vikings details are:-
Ground Address – Stobart Stadium Halton, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 7DZ
Website – www.widnesvikings.co.uk
Ticket Hotline Number – 0151 420 7227
Car Parking – on street car parking.

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Widnes Vikings 16 Leeds Rhinos 44

26th February 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

Two tries apiece from Ben Jones-Bishop, Ryan Hall and Rob Burrow helped the Rhinos to an emphatic win over Widnes Vikings.

Leeds Rhinos travelled to the Stobart Stadium to face Widnes Vikings for the first time on their new I Pitch as they looked to get back to winning ways in the Stobart Super League.

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Widnes had lost their first three games back in the top flight prior to the visit of the World Champions but they were keen to kick start their season by claiming the scalp of the Rhinos.

The opening exchanges were competitive with Widnes fired up to seize the early initiative however once Leeds got into their stride they seemed to be too strong for the Vikings. The Rhinos opened the scoring after sixteen minutes with a sensational score. The move started fifteen metres from the Leeds line as Ryan Hall fed Ben Jones-Bishop. The latter burst clear before passing to Danny McGuire on half way. The stand off looked like he may score himself but he drew the cover before putting in a sublime reverse offload to give Jones-Bishop a free run to the line. Sinfield converted to make it 6-0.

Five minutes later the Rhinos took control of the game with two tries in consecutive sets, both from Rob Burrow. The first came after a sensational break by Ryan Hall when Paddy Flynn showed him the outside line and the winger took full advantage. Flynn did well to chase back and pull Hall down but the momentum was with Leeds. Hall regained his feet quickly and got a quick play the ball, Hardaker found Burrow from dummy half and the scrum half went over untouched.

The Rhinos scored straight from the re-start with Sinfield breaking the line before passing to McGuire. The half back, who had been in great form throughout, raced through the defence before passing to Burrow to finish off a move that has been seen countless times before over the years. Sinfield converted both to give his side an 18-0 lead.

Widnes then capitalised on two slices of luck to get themselves back in the game. The first came off a speculative kick from Lloyd White that Kallum Watkins failed to gather over his shoulder. The ball fell loose and Widnes were quickest to react, passing along the line for Patrick Ah Van to score.

The former Bradford Bulls winger then set up the next score. A kick bounced off Hall when the winger could do little about it and Ah Van jumped to catch the bouncing ball before passing to Rhys Hansbury to score in the corner. Ah Van converted the latter try to make it 18-10 after 28 minutes.

The Rhinos managed to restore their control with ten minutes to go in the half. It was a more orthodox effort than the previous tries in the game as the Rhinos fed the ball quickly along the line and Jones-Bishop finished off well on his wing. Sinfield was off target with his touchline conversion attempt to make it 22-10 at half time.

The first score of the second half was always going to be telling on how the period would pan out so when the Rhinos crossed after 50 minutes through Ryan Hall, the wind was taken out of the Widnes sail. Hall finished off the move set up by McGuire and Webb. Sinfield added the conversion to give his side a commanding 28-10 lead.

The next passage fo the game was a poor affair as neither team was able to keep hold of the ball. The Rhinos managed to get another try in the mess with Zak Hardaker finishing off a move as he cut through the defence. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 34-10.

After a long period of pressure on the Leeds line, Widnes eventually got their reward with ten minutes to go when Paddy Flynn scored in the corner. Ah Van added the conversion to give the home fans something to cheer.

However, that score seemed to only stir the Rhinos into action and they finished with style with two late tries. The first came from Kallum Watkins as he waltz through the Widnes defence before Ryan Hall finished off a lovely move by McGuire, who broke through and chipped to the corner for Hall to score. Sinfield converted the latter to make the final score 44-16 to the Champions.

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