Friday 28th February 2014, 20:00 - Round:3

Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings

22 (12)

VS.

Huddersfield Giants

(10) 20

Huddersfield Giants
Rhys Hanbury 2, Paul Clough, Joe Mellor,

T Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Eorl Crabtree,

Danny Tickle 3,

G

Danny Brough 4,

  DG  

Attendance: 5,577  Official: R Hicks  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

TRIES:
4
3
TRIES:
GOALS:
3
4
GOALS:
METRES:
1149
1474
METRES:
CARRIES:
177
211
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
339
307
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
6
18
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
11
7
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
5
4
BREAKS:

Widnes Vikings staged a dramatic late fightback to snatch a 22-20 victory against Huddersfield Giants in First Utility Super League.

Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury scored in the closing minutes at the Select Security Stadium as the Giants, last season's League Leaders' Shield winners, surrendered a strong position for a second game in succession.

Last week they still claimed a point against Hull KR but there was no reprieve as the Vikings hit back from 10-0 and 20-12 down.

Tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe got the Giants off to a fine start and Eorl Crabtree put them back in control after Hanbury and debutant Paul Clough responded.

The opening try came after 10 minutes when Vikings full-back Hanbury spilled a Danny Brough kick and McGillvary pounced to touch down.

Widnes responded well but another mistake proved costly as Cudjoe intercepted a Danny Craven pass and sprinted 80 metres for a Brough-converted try under the posts.

It seemed the Giants were in firm control but, having surrendered a 24-6 advantage against Hull KR, Paul Anderson's men switched off again.

Hanbury made amends for his earlier error as he collected the ball and side-stepped his way through the defence to score from close range just after the half-hour.

In the closing moments of the first period, the Vikings then declined a kickable penalty in search of another try.

The gamble paid off as Clough, who joined the club on loan from St Helens earlier in February, crashed over from a metre after Stefan Marsh and Craven had both been stopped just short.

With another new signing in Danny Tickle converting both Vikings scores, the hosts had an unexpected two-point lead at the break.

The Giants made a stronger start to the second half with powerful prop Crabtree coming to the fore, winning a penalty and then crashing over from close range to put his side back ahead.

Brough converted but missed the target from a 40-metre penalty moments later.

He put that right by landing two more penalties - the first after Willie Isa was placed on report for a high tackle on Kyle Wood - but Huddersfield could not convert that 20-12 lead into a winning score.

Widnes kept pushing with Phil Joseph knocking on when well-placed and a Mellor kick almost creating an opening.

Their perseverance paid off as pressure forced a handling error from Chris Bailey and Mellor nipped in to score under the posts.

The momentum was with them and they remarkably snatched the lead after Jack Owens appeared to have been halted in a three-man tackle in the left corner.

The ball came out and Hanbury touched down in the melee, although there appeared to be some confusion over the scorer with Owens initially credited.

Huddersfield rallied in the last minute to try to salvage the game but Widnes held firm.

Rhys Hanbury 2 0 2 0 0 3 0 15 134 8.93 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Joe Mellor 1 1 25 5 0 0 8 7 52 7.43 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Clough 1 0 22 4 1 1 0 11 94 8.55 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paddy Flynn 0 0 10 1 0 2 1 10 45 4.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Dean 0 0 21 5 1 0 0 14 85 6.07 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stefan Marsh 0 0 12 3 2 0 0 5 24 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jack Owens 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 8 32 4.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Danny Craven 0 0 15 4 1 0 0 6 19 3.17 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Philip Joseph 0 0 22 1 1 4 0 14 103 7.36 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
Lloyd White 0 1 32 5 2 1 0 11 50 4.55 0 11 0 0 0 0 1 2
Alex Gerrard 0 0 29 3 4 0 0 13 104 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Danny Galea 0 0 32 4 2 1 0 10 79 7.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Danny Tickle 0 0 34 10 3 2 0 23 140 6.09 0 0 0 0 3 1 3 1
Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 24 3 3 0 0 7 47 6.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Johnson 0 0 17 2 1 0 0 9 55 6.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
William Isa 0 0 25 2 0 1 0 8 51 6.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Rhodri Lloyd 0 0 16 5 3 1 0 6 35 5.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (SH) R. Hanburyx2
  • (W) P. Flynn
  • (U) C. Dean
  • (SO) S. Marsh
  • (FB) J. Owens
  • (FB) D. Craven
  • (SO) J. Mellor
  • (H) P. Joseph
  • (U) L. White
  • (P) A. Gerrard
  • (U) D. Galea
  • (SR) D. Ticklex3
  • (SR) M. Leuluai
  • (P) P. Clough
  • (U) P. Johnson
  • (U) W. Isa
  • (W) R. Lloyd

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Aaron Murphy

Metres: 202

Player

Eorl Crabtree

Tackles: 38

Player

Kyle Wood

Tackles: 44

Player

Brett Ferres

Metres: 149

Tackles: 33

Player

Mike Lawrence

Tackles: 34

Player

Rhys Hanbury

Metres: 134

Clean Breaks: 3

Player

Lloyd White

Tackles: 32

Player

Danny Galea

Tackles: 32

Player

Danny Tickle

Metres: 140

Tackles: 34