Widnes Vikings 23-6 Leeds Rhinos

Sunday 25th February 2018
KO: 15:00 - Round: 3

23-6 FT

HT: 4 6

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Halton Stadium

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Joe Mellor, Krisnan Inu 2, Danny Walker,

  • Goals
    Krisnan Inu 3,

  • Drop Goals
    Danny Craven,

  • Leeds Rhinos

  • Tries
    Brad Dwyer,

  • Goals
    Kallum Watkins,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Krisnan Inu scored two tries as Widnes Vikings took advantage of Leeds’ injury woes to inflict more misery on the Rhinos at Halton Stadium.

Brian McDermott’s side had lost on their previous three visits and they arrived on Sunday without 12 first team players following their trip Down Under for the World Club Challenge against Melbourne Storm.

The depleted Rhinos produced a gutsy performance but Widnes eventually wore them down to earn their second win of the Betfred Super League season with a 23-6 success.

Joe Mellor put Widnes in front but Brad Dwyer darted over for his first try for Leeds to give the visitors a 6-4 half-time lead. Inu went over and added two goals before Danny Craven’s one-pointer ended the Rhinos’ resistance.

Young hooker Danny Walker crossed and Inu scored his second to add gloss to the result and make it a weekend to forget for Super League’s globetrotters following defeats for Wigan Warriors and Hull FC on their returns from Australia.

McDermott insisted his side had enough time to recover after watching his Rhinos team lose for the fourth successive visit to Widnes and admitted they played into the home team’s hands once again.

“Everyone talks about the travel but it’s not the worst thing in the world.

“We’ve got a million staff taking care of them and while it would have had an affect and I wasn’t expecting a 10 out of 10 performance, that was still disappointing.

“The late changes were the disruptive ones. Ryan Hall with his tonsillitis and Tom Briscoe with a sciatic problem in his back. They were Saturday when they pulled out and we’ve then got no time to prep. But even taking all that into account, it was a disappointing performance.

“We ended up playing a version of the game which suited them, and you could easily go back to what we’ve said here in each of the last three years. They’re a tough team who don’t give in.”

Widnes boss Denis Betts hailed the victory over the reigning Super League champions and believes his side deserved to collect maximum points.

“It’s a great win,” he said. “You’ve got to give Leeds credit because they’re a champion side and you’ve got to play well to beat them.

“We made some mistakes in the first half which would have hurt us in the past. But we’ve got a bit more resilience in us this year.

"We kept churning out the things we do and we eventually got a well-deserved result.”

  • 80: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 79: TRY! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 74: TRY! scored for Widnes by Danny Walker
  • 71: Goal scored for Widnes by Danny Craven
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 54: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 53: TRY! scored for Widnes by Krisnan Inu
  • 32: GOAL! scored for Leeds by Kallum Watkins
  • 31: TRY! scored for Leeds by Brad Dwyer
  • 20: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • Key Performers

    Ash Handley

    Metres 151
    2 2

    Kallum Watkins

    Metres 153
    2 2

    Rhys Hanbury

    Metres 220
    6 6
    Clean Breaks 3

    Matt Whitley

    Metres 153
    6 6

    Krisnan Inu

    Metres 155
    6 6

    Wellington Albert

    Offloads 4
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 4
    Leeds Rhinos 1

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 3
    Leeds Rhinos 1

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1536
    Leeds Rhinos 1207

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 192
    Leeds Rhinos 161

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 318
    Leeds Rhinos 403

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 14
    Leeds Rhinos 4

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 6
    Leeds Rhinos 9

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 9
    Leeds Rhinos 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Krisnan Inu 2 0 7 0 2 7 1 22 155 7.05 0 2 1 0 3 1 3 1
    Danny Walker 1 0 9 2 1 5 1 6 48 8.00 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Joe Mellor 1 0 20 2 0 8 4 13 110 8.46 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Wellington Albert 0 0 8 1 0 2 0 12 75 6.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Ted Chapelhow 0 0 8 2 0 0 0 3 34 11.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Sam Wilde 0 0 22 3 1 3 0 10 61 6.10 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 30 3 1 0 0 15 121 8.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Matt Whitley 0 0 39 8 2 3 0 17 153 9.00 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 27 5 2 1 0 9 68 7.56 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jay Chapelhow 0 0 31 8 1 0 0 13 108 8.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 21 4 5 1 0 6 33 5.50 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Hep Cahill 0 0 46 13 3 3 0 16 133 8.31 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Gilmore 0 1 10 2 1 0 9 9 40 4.44 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
    Edward Chamberlain 0 0 11 1 0 0 0 10 55 5.50 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Craven 0 0 24 3 6 0 2 4 33 8.25 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Stefan Marsh 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 9 89 9.89 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 2 0 0 11 0 18 220 12.22 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Brad Dwyer 1 0 16 7 0 1 0 6 45 7.50 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jimmy Keinhorst 0 0 34 6 3 2 0 8 88 11.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kallum Watkins 0 0 27 0 1 3 0 18 153 8.50 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
    Harry Newman 0 0 3 0 0 2 0 11 67 6.09 0 5 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashton Golding 0 0 15 0 0 4 0 14 78 5.57 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ash Handley 0 0 4 1 1 5 0 18 151 8.39 1 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Sutcliffe 0 0 16 1 4 1 2 10 103 10.30 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 2
    Richard Myler 0 0 12 0 1 2 8 12 54 4.50 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Ormondroyd 0 0 37 6 6 0 0 10 69 6.90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Parcell 0 0 40 4 1 1 1 6 33 5.50 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Brad Singleton 0 0 38 7 5 1 0 9 67 7.44 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Jones-Buchanan 0 0 48 8 7 0 0 12 80 6.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Brett Delaney 0 0 30 5 10 2 0 7 57 8.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Walters 0 0 34 9 5 0 0 5 29 5.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mitchell Garbutt 0 0 37 6 1 1 0 14 123 8.79 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Cameron Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mikolaj Oledzki 0 0 12 4 0 0 0 1 10 10.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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