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Match Report: Widnes 0 Wigan 7
Posted by Bilko on June 17 2016 - 10:30

Widnes Vikings v Wigan Warriors - First Utility Super League 21 - Round 19
Thursday 16th June 2016. Kick Off 8:00pm at Select Security Stadium.

Match Report

I have certainly laboured the point about our poor attack this season and the fact we have now earned our lowest scoring victory since a 6-4 Challenge Cup win at Hull KR in 1990 kind of adds fuel to that fire.

However, I don't think Wigan should be criticised for that after this. I think praise is due for the dogged effort that the lads put in to dig deep and win this one. You have to remember that we had NINE England Internationals absent for this game. Most sides would be dead on their arse losing that amount of talent.

The defence deserves high praise for their efforts. The last ditch tackle by Ben Flower. The last ditch tackle by Josh Charnley. A one on one ball strip to stop a break by Charnley that reminded me of the effort on Jamie Shaul at Wembley in 2013. The chase back on Patrick Ah Van by Joe Bretherton to stop him. Four wonderful tackles in the last twenty minutes by Dom Manfredi. Probably more as well that I can't remember off top of my head but that was a lot of guts.

Add in the weather, a debutant Jake Shorrocks, injuries to Nick Gregson and Anthony Gelling during the game and Dom Crosby suffering also for a while as well and you just have to say it all comes together for one excellent result.

It might not have been pretty at times but it's a good job done. Five wins away in a row whilst elsewhere the teams around us have been playing each other. I mean you look at Warrington v Catalan playing tonight now and it's almost a free pass in which we can take positives from which ever side loses.

Widnes may have been unlucky with errors over the line on a couple of occasions but I think Denis Betts is a bit deluded to say they were the better team. They had a pretty strong line up there but yet produced a really poor display. I also think they made an error in not taking a penalty for 7-2 during the last 15 minutes. They needed two scores but yet didn't take an opportunity to find one of them when it was a simple effort to do so. That would have avoided desperate play against the clock late and really put the pressure on Wigan.

The scoring action is simple to report. A nice try from Josh Charnley in the 48th Minute and then an excellent decision to go for drop goal from Matty Smith ten minutes later for 7-0. Not much else to say other than it's a job well done. The important thing now is the cup tie next week.

Team Sheets

- Widnes Position Wigan 1
1 Rhys Hanbury Full Back Lewis Tierney 22
2 Corey Thompson

Right Wing

Dom Manfredi 5
4 Charly Runciman Centre Anthony Gelling 3
3 Chris Bridge Centre Oliver Gildart 20
5 Patrick Ah Van Left Wing Josh Charnley 2
7 Joe Mellor Stand Off Jake Shorrocks 28
6 Kevin Brown Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
13 Hep Cahill Prop Dom Crosby 8
9 Lloyd White Hooker Sam Powell 16
36

Jack Buchanan

Prop

Ben Flower

10
22 Matt Whitley 2nd Row Ryan Sutton 21
14 Chris Dean 2nd Row Willie Isa 25
19

Macgraff Leuluai

L.Forward

Lee Mossop

17
-
10 Manase Manuokafoa Substitute Taulima Tautai 19
18 Gil Dudson Substitute Greg Burke 26
24 Jay Chapelhow Substitute Nick Gregson 27
33 Aaron Heremaia Substitute Joe Bretherton 29
- Denis Betts Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Widnes Vikings 0

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Wigan Warriors 7

Tries (0):
 

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Tries (1):
Josh Charnley

--- --- Goals:
Matty Smith 1/1
--- --- Drop Goals:
Matty Smith 1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

Half Time Widnes Vikings 00 Wigan Warriors 00
47mins:17 Widnes 00 Wigan 04

Try: Josh Charnley

Widnes 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Matty Smith (1/1)
57mins:23 Widnes 00 Wigan 07

Drop Goal: Matty Smith

Full Time Widnes Vikings 00 Wigan Warriors 07

Referee

Chris Kendall

Penalties Conceded

Widnes 11 Wigan 12

Match Attendance

6,219

Weather

Rainy

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