Friday 20th July 2012, 20:00 - Round:21
Salford City Reds
|Ashley Gibson, Danny Williams,||T||Cameron Phelps 2, Patrick Ah Van 2, Rhys Hanbury 2, Paul McShane, Danny Craven,|
Rhys Hanbury 7,
Attendance: 5,196 Official: J Child Venue: The City of Salford Community Stadium
Salford City Reds’ hopes of a top-eight finish in Stobart Super League suffered a massive setback as Widnes Vikings ran in eight tries en route to an emphatic win.
Scrum-half Rhys Hanbury was the star of the show with two tries and eight goals, while Patrick Ah Van and Cameron Phelps also crossed twice each for the rampant Vikings.
Widnes, hammered 38-18 at home by Salford in February, went into the clash in confident mood after a resounding 40-10 win over Castleford Tigers and a narrow one-point defeat to St Helens.
However, the Vikings were without skipper Jon Clarke, Paddy Flynn and Shaun Briscoe although Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor and Ah Van had all recovered from knocks.
The Reds were also buoyed by successive victories against Warrington Wolves and Hull KR and decided to delay the debut of 35-year-old assistant coach Sean Long, who was registered as a player with the club this week.
Youngster Mark Sneyd continued at scrum-half alongside Exiles star Daniel Holdsworth after Matty Smith’s move to Wigan Warriors, with Sean Gleeson back in the centre.
Ashley Gibson kept his place after the late withdrawal of Joel Moon and the Reds clearly missed his power in midfield.
Widnes had an early Hep Cahill try disallowed by referee James Child for an infringement in the build-up and then Paul McShane was held up over the line.
It was a bright start by the Vikings but Salford should have scored when Hanbury lost possession and Vinnie Anderson and Holdsworth broke clear.
A niggly opening kept the officials busy with desperate Salford defence again denying Marsh when he looked a certain scorer.
Widnes were rewarded for their perseverance when John Kite’s charge set up the chance for Hanbury to send Phelps bursting through Lee Jewitt’s tackle after 24 minutes.
Hanbury booted the conversion and Widnes went further ahead three minutes later when Phelps’ pass took a deflection off a defender before Ah Van touched down in the corner.
Hanbury kicked the goal off the touchline to make it 12-0 as Salford struggled to reproduce recent form.
The Vikings added a third try four minutes before the break when Ah Van latched on to a McShane kick to cross, with Hanbury’s conversion stretching the lead to 18-0.
Hanbury then piled on the agony for Salford with a scorching burst to score, and his fourth goal made it 24-0 at the interval.
Salford were hammered 10-3 in the first-half penalty count but should have scored early in the second before Jordan James threw away a chance after a strong burst by Iafeta Paleaasesina.
It was no surprise when McShane burrowed over from dummy half to extend the lead to 30-0.
The Vikings suffered a blow with the departure of Eamon Carroll due to an arm injury but Widnes were ripping apart Salford in midfield and another Hanbury burst sent Phelps over for his second try.
Hanbury bagged his second touchdown with another sizzling effort to stretch the advantage to 40-0.
Gibson went over for Salford after 58 minutes before Danny Williams took his try tally to seven in four games to give the home fans something to cheer.
However, Danny Craven capped a fine night for the Vikings by intercepting a Sneyd pass to record the eighth try six minutes from time.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals
Clean Breaks: 3
Patrick Ah Van
Clean Breaks: 4