Sunday 30th March 2014, 15:00 - Round:7

Widnes Vikings

Widnes Vikings

22 (16)

VS.

Bradford Bulls

(6) 18

Bradford Bulls
Jack Owens, Kevin Brown 2, Patrick Ah Van,

T Liam Sutcliffe, Elliot Kear, Brett Kearney,

Danny Tickle 3,

G

Luke Gale 3,

  DG  

Attendance: 5,581  Official: G Stokes  Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

TRIES:
4
3
TRIES:
GOALS:
3
3
GOALS:
METRES:
1527
1278
METRES:
CARRIES:
196
191
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
328
290
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
8
10
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
5
5
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
8
6
BREAKS:

Stand-off Kevin Brown crossed for a first-half double as Widnes Vikings had enough to hold off plucky Bradford Bulls at the Select Security Stadium.

Brown's two tries and another from Jack Owens gave the Vikings a 16-6 half-time lead and a platform to build on in the second half.

They did not have it their own way after the break, however, as Bradford defied their off-field problems to produce a spirited comeback that might have seen them take something from the match.

Elliot Kear and Brett Kearney added converted tries to Liam Sutcliffe's score just before half-time to edge the Bulls back.

But Patrick Ah Van's try in between proved the difference as Widnes' impressive start to the season continued.

Bradford may have left Halton with nothing, but at least have some hope for the future after Marc Green secured ownership of the club this week.

Green, who was watching the game in the boxes at Widnes, would have been pleased with the desire and effort of his side.

Led by Luke Gale, Chev Walker and Manase Manuokafoa, the Bulls put the Vikings under some considerable pressure.

The Vikings got their account ticking over on 14 minutes as Tom Gilmore sent in Owens for a neatly worked try. Danny Tickle hit the post with the conversion but was on target with his next effort after Brown had put the ball under the posts with a superb solo score out of nothing.

Brown, who is in a rich vein of form for the Vikings in both attack and defence, added another to his ever-increasing total of Super League tries as he ghosted in for a walkover try five minutes from the break.

Owens should have put the Vikings further in front seconds later as his sweeping run had the Bulls defenders all at sea but his offload to substitute Paul Johnson was coughed up with the try line at his feet.

Bradford, who had defended gamely in the first period, got some reward for their effort with a nice try from half-back Sutcliffe to give them some encouragement before the second period.

The Bulls began the better of the two sides after the restart and Luke Gale's pinpoint cross-field kick was collected by Kear to put them right back in it at 16-12.

Francis Cummins' side threw everything at Widnes as they looked to nip ahead but Owens set up Ah Van with a dribbling grubber kick to give the Vikings some breathing space.

Tickle's conversion made it 22-12 but it was far from comfortable for Widnes.

With 14 minutes remaining, Kearney's weaving run saw him end up over the try line. Gale tagged on the extras to put them within four points.

The Bulls could have snatched it at the death as Gale sent Adrian Purtell through but Paddy Flynn made sure with a solid shot that meant the Vikings could run the clock down.

Kevin Brown 2 0 12 0 6 5 5 19 110 5.79 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Jack Owens 1 0 6 0 2 6 1 16 155 9.69 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Patrick Ah Van 1 0 2 0 0 3 0 8 105 13.13 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
Paddy Flynn 0 0 6 0 0 2 0 22 145 6.59 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chris Dean 0 0 27 8 1 1 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Cameron Phelps 0 1 19 0 1 1 1 9 88 9.78 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Gilmore 0 1 10 1 7 0 2 4 18 4.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alex Gerrard 0 0 38 8 1 0 0 11 88 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Clarke 0 1 20 1 2 0 1 8 34 4.25 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0
Philip Joseph 0 0 32 5 3 6 0 16 150 9.38 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Danny Galea 0 0 22 5 3 1 0 8 55 6.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Danny Tickle 0 0 21 3 6 4 0 11 71 6.45 0 0 2 0 3 1 2 0
Hep Cahill 0 0 41 6 3 2 0 20 172 8.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Clough 0 1 24 9 0 0 0 9 81 9.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Johnson 0 0 19 2 1 1 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Rhodri Lloyd 0 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Lloyd White 0 0 19 2 2 3 1 12 93 7.75 1 12 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

  • (FB) J. Owens
  • (W) P. Flynn
  • (U) C. Dean
  • (U) C. Phelps
  • (W) P. Ah Van
  • (SO) K. Brownx2
  • (SH) T. Gilmore
  • (P) A. Gerrard
  • (H) J. Clarke
  • (U) P. Joseph
  • (U) D. Galea
  • (SR) D. Ticklex3
  • (SR) H. Cahill
  • (P) P. Clough
  • (P) P. Johnson
  • (SR) R. Lloyd
  • (H) L. White

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Jack Owens

Metres: 155

Clean Breaks: 3

Player

Paddy Flynn

Metres: 145

Player

Alex Gerrard

Tackles: 38

Player

Philip Joseph

Metres: 150

Tackles: 32

Player

Hep Cahill

Metres: 172

Tackles: 41

Player

Brett Kearney

Metres: 180

Player

Elliott Kear

Metres: 133

Player

Sam Wood

Metres: 142

Player

Adam O'Brien

Tackles: 37

Player

Matty Blythe

Tackles: 35

Player

James Donaldson

Tackles: 47

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