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9th September 2018 | KO 00:00 | | Super League Qualifiers

Widnes Vikings 6 Leeds Rhinos 16

Widnes. Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League Qualifiers Round 4 at the Halton Stadium, Wigan on Sunday 9th September 2018. Leeds Rhinos Jack Walker is tackled during the Super League clash between Widnes Vikings and Leeds Rhinos. Tel: 07706592282

Leeds Rhinos secured the all important win at Widnes Vikings but they were given an almighty fright by the home side and the result was only secure four minutes from time when Richie Myler crossed against his home town club.

Both teams came into the game desperate for victory on the back of defeats in the previous round of the Qualifiers. Francis Cummins side were looking for their first victory in the Super 8s whilst the Rhinos were hoping to bounce back from a narrow defeat to Hull KR at home.

With so much on the line, this was never going to be a classic encounter and so it transpired as both teams were guilty of conceding a string of penalties. Widnes were put on a team warning by referee Chris Kendall following a high tackle on Luke Briscoe by Patrick Ah Van near the touchline. However, that was followed by a string of penalties against Leeds including a tough call on Briscoe for a high tackle himself. That seemed to be enough to cancel out the team warning for the Vikings who were not reduced to 12 men the next time they transgressed.

Widnes supporters thought their side had scored the opening try when winger Owen Buckley went over however play had been called back before he took possession for a forward pass.

Jamie Jones-Buchanan was held up over the line for Leeds whilst Brett Ferres and Brad Dwyer both had the ball knocked from their grasp in dangerous positions near the Widnes line.

Typically of the game, when the opening try came it was a scrappy affair. Widnes were looking dangerous in a good attacking position but the pass went behind the defence and Richie Myler was fastest to react. He picked up the loose ball before feeding Luke Briscoe and there was no way the winger would be caught. Liam Sutcliffe missed the conversion attempt so the Rhinos lead was just 4-0 after 34 minutes.

They only held the lead for four minutes however as Widnes replacement Tom Olbison bumped off the attempted tackle by Nathaniel Peteru near the line to spin over for the try. Krisnan Inu added the conversion to give his side a 6-4 lead at the interval.

Widnes should have extended their lead at the start of the second half when Inu out jumped Luke Briscoe to catch a cross field kick but as he spun to get the ball down, he lost it from his grip and the chance had gone.

The Rhinos got their noses back in front when an inventive run from Jack Walker after a loose pass. The full back jinked his way through the home defence before being hauled down short of the line. Matt Parcell was alert enough to spot the gap and picked up before darting over. Sutcliffe added the conversion to give his side a narrow 10-6 lead.

There was a tense finale as Widnes threatened to go in front once again. Their best chance fell to Patrick Ah Van as he supported the break by Inu only to spill the pass 30 metres out. Leeds made the most of the chance as they counter attacked and Liam Sutcliffe put Myler over to score against his home town club. Sutcliffe added the conversion to seal the win for Kevin Sinfield’s side.

Team Performance







Player Performance

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Jimmy Keinhorst0000000
Joel Moon0000000
Luke Briscoe1000000
Liam Sutcliffe0200000
Richie Myler1000000
Dominic Crosby0000000
Brad Dwyer0000000
Brad Singleton0000000
Jamie Jones-Buchanan0000000
Brett Ferres0000000
Jordan Thompson0000000
Matt Parcell1000000
Nathaniel Peteru0000000
Cameron Smith0000000
Sam Walters0000000
Stats Key
  • TR: Tries
  • RD: Red Cards
  • GL: Goals
  • I+: Interchange On
  • DG: Drop Goals
  • I-: Interchange Off
  • YC: Yellow Cards