Widnes RLFC

1st Mar 2015 - Wakefield (H)

Date: 
1st Mar 2015 (Season: 2015)
Opposition: 
Wakefield (H)
Result: 
W58-16
Competition: 
League
Tries: 
Mellor Brown 2 White 4 Ah Van 2 Clarkson
Goals: 
Tickle 5 White 4
Drop Goals: 
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Ref: 
J.Child
Attendance: 
5,810

Match Report

Wales international Lloyd White scored four tries in a match for the first time in his career as Widnes sent Wakefield crashing to their first defeat of the season.

Hooker White also booted four late conversions for a haul of 24 points in the 58-16 win, despite sharing the dummy-half duties with Aaron Heremaia in a one-sided contest.

Widnes skipper Kevin Brown was also in top form on his 300th career appearance to earn the hosts their first win in the last nine Super League meetings against Wakefield.

Brown scored two tries and set up four others in a sizzling performance with Patrick Ah Van also crossing twice.

Wakefield, after running in 68 points in opening victories over Castleford and Hull KR, conceded 10 tries with Joe Mellor and Chris Clarkson also getting in on the action.

Widnes handed a debut to former Wigan prop Gil Dudson and first outings of the season to Paddy Flynn, Ben Kavanagh and White. Brown returned in style, after missing the defeat at Leeds with concussion suffered in the opening draw against Wigan, and Ah Van was back from suspension.

Brown did not take long to make his mark, with a precision slide-rule kick enabling Joe Mellor to touch down after only two minutes, and Danny Tickle tagged on the conversion.

Wakefield hit back with a strong run from Richard Owen, only for Matt Ryan to be stopped by a double tackle from Mellor and Rhys Hanbury.

Tickle missed the chance to fire Widnes further ahead by spilling the ball over the line before team-mate Clarkson stopped a Wildcats try by intercepting Paul McShane's pass.

Brown forced his way over for his first try after 17 minutes to extend the lead to 12-0, before Wakefield lost Scott Anderson who hobbled off after only five minutes since coming on as a tactical substitute.

Wakefield's plight became worse when White went over from dummy-half before Craig Hall spilled a towering Brown kick to put his side under more pressure.

Widnes made Hall pay, with Brown scything through a huge gap from a well-rehearsed move to make it 22-0.

Brown made his first mistake of the afternoon when his wild pass was intercepted by Chris Riley who raced 80 metres before Owen went over in the opposite corner.

A Tickle penalty just before the break stretched the interval lead to 24-4, with Widnes never in trouble in a one-sided first half.

Wakefield's task became enough tougher when Ah Van snapped up a Tim Smith pass which led to the barnstorming winger powering over for the Vikings' fifth try.

Action man Brown was at it again, supporting a White break after 54 minutes to give the lively hooker a return pass for his second try under the posts, with Tickle's conversion stretching the lead to 34-4.

White completed his hat-trick after a rampaging run from Dudson and also landed the conversion with Tickle having been substituted.

Widnes eased off the gas and that allowed Wakefield to run in two tries in three minutes through Matt Ryan and Riley to stem the tide, with Hall's conversions making it 40-16.

More Brown magic brought a second try for Ah Van who collected the stand-off's kick before Clarkson, the former Leeds forward, was rewarded with a touchdown for his efforts.

Still White was not finished, collecting Brown's kick for his fourth try which he converted to complete a hugely-impressive haul.

Widnes boss Denis Betts hailed Wales international Lloyd White after his four tries sent Wakefield crashing to their first defeat of the season.

Hooker White also booted four late conversions to complete a haul of 24 points as the Vikings won a one-sided contest 58-16.

Betts said: "Lloyd is a sensational player, but has never really had a good run of games.

"He suffered an elbow injury in a pre-season game at Castleford, but to put a marker down like that on his comeback is really satisfying.

"If he keeps developing like that he will be very special."

Vikings skipper Kevin Brown was also in top form on his 300th career appearance to help earn his side their first win in their last nine Super League meetings with Wakefield.

Brown scored two tries and set up four others, with Patrick Ah Van also touching down twice.

Wakefield, after running in 68 points in victories over Castleford and Hull KR, conceded 10 tries, with Joe Mellor and Chris Clarkson also crossing.

Betts added: "I expected that sort of performance.

"The weather helped Wakefield a bit early on or else we could have rolled them over a bit more.

"We showed today we are a decent rugby league side.

"Kevin Brown's kicking game was fantastic and he guides us around and is a team player."

Wakefield boss James Webster could not hide his disappointment, describing his side's performance as "disgraceful".

Webster said:"That was not the standard of a first-grade rugby league team by a long way.

"We were outfought and outmuscled for 80 minutes and there was only one side playing.

"We failed to turn up and we got what we deserved."

Source: Sporting Life

Teamsheet

1.Hanbury
2.Flynn
3.Dean
4.Phelps
5.Ah Van
6.Brown
7.Mellor
8.Dudson
9.White
10.O'Carroll
11.Clarkson
12.Tickle
13.Cahill
14.Kavanagh
15.Manuokafoa
16.Heremaia
17.Galea