Widnes Vikings 26-12 Halifax RLFC

Saturday 15th September 2018, 15:15pm

Super 8s - Round: 5

Tries

Weller Hauraki, Krisnan Inu 2, Patrick Ah Van 2,

Goals

Krisnan Inu 3,

Tries

James Woodburn-Hall, James Saltonstall,

Goals

Shane Grady, Scott Murrell,

Line Ups

Widnes Vikings

fb: Joe Mellor
w: Patrick Ah Van
c: Krisnan Inu
c: Charly Runciman
w: Owen Buckley
so: Joe Lyons
sh: Liam Finn
p: Charlie Gubb
h: Lloyd White
p: Chris Houston
sr: Weller Hauraki
sr: Harrison Hansen
lf: MacGraff Leuluai
int: Tom Olbison
int: Sam Wilde
int: Danny Walker
int: Jay Chapelhow

Halifax RLFC

fb: Will Sharp
w: James Saltonstall
c: Ben Heaton
c: Chester Butler
w: James Woodburn-Hall
so: Scott Murrell
sh: Ben Johnston
p: Dan Fleming
h: Ben Kaye
p: Adam Tangata
sr: Connor Davies
sr: Shane Grady
lf: Jacob Fairbank
int: Brandon Moore
int: Will Maher
int: Sion Jones
int: Liam Cooper

Match Report

By Jacob Kilbride

Halifax RLFC suffered a fifth consecutive Betfred Super 8s Qualifiers defeat after they were beaten 26-12 by Widnes Vikings at the Select Security Stadium.

Halifax were in the contest for large periods and narrowly trailed 10-6 at the break. But two tries from Patrick Ah Van and a second from Krisnan Inu secured a crucial victory for the home side. 

It looked like a dream start for Halifax when Shane Grady touched down after just three minutes when a Dan Fleming kick remarkably twice bounced off the crossbar into the path of the second rower.

But, the try was ruled out due to an off the ball tackle and it remained scoreless.

After two tries in the space of four minutes for Widnes, the Vikings looked on course for a convincing victory

Weller Hauraki was the first on the scoresheet after finding a gap from some quick hands across the line.

Krisnan Inu converted and added a try to this name shortly after when he barged over in the right corner, having palmed away a couple of defenders. He pulled short the conversion this time.

Halifax proved resolute in defence thereafter - with James Woodburn-Hall twice making try-saving tackles in the corner - and forced themselves back into the contest with a late try.

Woodburn-Hall proved equally as important going forward and took a Scott Murell inside pass to score. 

Shane Grady’s conversion cut the deficit to just four points at the break.

Halifax couldn’t take their late second-half momentum into the second period though and it was Widnes who scored first after the restart.

Inu played through Patrick Ah Van in the right corner and the centre then added the extras to regain Widnes’ ten-point lead.

At the mid-point in the second period, Ah Van thought he had a second try when he finished a flicked pass from Harrison Hansen, but the couch judge ruled out the try after the winger was adjudged to have had a foot in touch.

The Vikings continued to probe down the right flank and eventually broke through.

Former Fax half-back Liam Finn kicked the ball wide and Ah Van touched it back inside for Inu who rounded a defender to find the corner.

The centre converted from the sideline to increase the advantage.

Chances were few and far between thereafter, with penalties in far greater supply.

The sides did exchange tries late on, as some clever hands put James Saltonstall over for a try in the corner for Halifax.

With Grady off the field, Murrell took the kicking duties and the captain nailed his first goal of the season with a brilliant touchline effort.

In the final minute, Hauraki kicked the ball to the right corner and Ah Van spectacularly dived on the ball to scorre. Inu’s conversion was wide.    

Widnes Vikings: Mellor, Ah Van, Inu, Runciman, Buckley; Lyons, Finn; Gubb, White, Houston; Hauraki, Hansen, Leuluai

Interchanges: Walker, Chapelhow, Olbison, Wilde

Tries: Hauraki (10'), Inu (14’, 62’), Ah Van (48’, 80’)

Goals: Inu (3/5)

Halifax RLFC: Sharp, Saltonstall, Heaton, Butler, Woodburn-Hall; Murrell, Johnston; Fleming, Kaye, Fairbank, Tangata, Grady, Connor Davies

Interchanges: Jones, Moore, Cooper, Maher

Tries: Woodburn-Hall (35’), Saltonstall (75’)

Goals: Grady (1/1), Murrell (1/1)

Official

G Hewer

Attendance

3,372

Half Time

10 - 6

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