Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VIII Round
9 Saturday 10th
May. Kick Off 6:05pm at Halton Stadium.
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Tired Warriors End Busy Week With Tough Win
Wigan's youngsters weathered a late Widnes fight back to take the spoils in a
tense match at the Halton Stadium, on Saturday night.
Playing their third
game in nine days and lacking eight first-team players, Wigan faced an
enthusiastic Widnes side looking to avenge their humiliation at Warrington last
A relieved Stuart Raper said afterwards: ‘The boys are absolutely
exhausted. I was a bit concerned at half-time because they were tired but we dug
‘They came back at us really strongly but we hung in there. It was
never going to be pretty but we got what we came for and that's two points.
Thankfully, it's the end of a tough week and I'm giving them a couple of days
off to re-charge their batteries.’
The entertaining game saw the lead
change four times. Up until the final hooter Widnes looked more than capable of
snatching victory. But Raper’s boys hung on to deny Widnes coach, Neil Kelly, a
The Vikings lead 4-0 after 14 minutes, through the accurate
boot of Julian O’Neill, a Wigan player up until a few weeks ago.
bit of class from his former half-back partner, Adrian Lam, gave Wigan the upper
hand. He darted around Adam Hughes to set up a try for Brian Carney. Tickle
converted from the touchline to put Wigan 4-6 up.
The Warriors extended
their lead just before half-time when Martin Aspinwall managed to get the ball
down after quick hands from his team-mates.
A sloppy mistake at the
restart of the second half put fire in the Vikings bellies. And their pressure
paid off with a try for centre Adam Hughes. O’Neill converted to level the
scores, then put his new side ahead with another penalty.
the lead back in controversial circumstances. Vikings centre Jason Demetriou
lost the ball on his own 20m line, in a two man tackle from Newton and Graham.
Newton scooped up the loose ball and put Ainscough away down the wing for a
Russell Smith refered the decision to his video referee who ruled,
to Neil Kelly’s anger, that the ball was dropped and not stolen.
furious Kelly described the decision as incompetent. He said: ‘How he came to
that decision is beyond me. The Wigan players were setting up for a penalty
against them. It was an incompetent decision. It's hard to take when a number of
decisions go against you. They tell me they tend to level themselves out and I
look forward to that day.’
Tickle didn't convert Ainscough’s effort but
did grab an extra two-points with a 60-minute penalty.
Four minutes from
time the outstanding Terry Newton dived over from dummy-half and when Tickle
converted the points looked assured. But an injury-time try from Newton’s
opposite number, Millard, converted by O’Neill, meant the shattered Warriors had
to defend desperately until the hooter.
Tries: Adam Hughes
(50) Shane Millard (77)
Tries: Brian Carney (18) Martin
Aspinwall (36) Jamie Ainscough (60) Terry Newton (73)
Goals: Julian O'Neill (26)
Goals: Danny Tickle
Half Time: 4-10 Wigan Match Attendance:
6,307 Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford) Cherry and White Star Man: Terry
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