Wolfpack Win Relegates Vikings

After a poor season with only 1 league win since March against Halifax last week, Widnes were finally put to the sword and relegated .

With a 20-12 victory against super league opposition this puts the Wolfpack in pole position for the million pound game.

The Vikings opened the scoring after 12 minutes when full back Joe Mellor took full advantage from good work from Chris Dean and Owen Buckley. Krisnan Inu converted to take widnes 6-0 up.

Toronto applied a lot of pressure on the Vikings with Ashton Sims forcing an error from Charlie Gubb. second Rower Corey Paterson eventually forced his way over from close range and Widnes born Gareth O’Brien levelled the scores for the home team .

Inu added two points for the visitors  and there was the possibility of an upset on the cards when Wolfpack centre Chase Stanley was sent to the sun bin for a nasty looking tackle on young Owen Buckley.
Toronto however had different ideas and Matty Russell took a superb O’Brien pass to go in at the corner.

In a tough, uncompromising half the scores were to remain 10-8 at half time with all to play for. Into the second half and the visitors opened strongly when Chris Dean ran onto a smart Liam Finn ball to beat O’Brien for a lovely try.
Inu missed with two and this was going to be a tight encounter.
Some superb defending from Sam Wilde denied Patterson his second and then Harrison Hanson also lost the ball at the other end for the Vikings. It was End to end with everything on the line and both teams knew it .
On 56 minutes Toronto started to claim the advantage when Blake Wallace claimed the score from the dummy half and with O’Brien converting the home team had their noses ahead at 16-12.
Widnes however did not give up and some superb defence from the Wolfpack demonstrated what a solid team they are. Chris Houston was held up agonisingly over the line before Gareth O’Brien added another two from a penalty after a previous miss.
O’Brien added a final two from a ball steal and Toronto were 8 points ahead.
The Vikings tried hard in the final minutes of the game but did nt quite have that brilliance in attack to take the game. Toronto proved very solid and well drilled in defence and managed to hold onto this impressive 20-12 victory.
This now sets Toronto up for a superb finale to their season as they visit Leeds Rhinos next Friday .
They have some proven quality players in Gareth O’Brien, Chase Stanley,Josh McCrone,and Darcy Lussick and a victory at headingley is not out of the question.

Widnes Vikings: Joe Mellor, Patrick Ah Van, Krisnan Inu, Charly Runciman, Owen Buckley, Joe Lyons, Liam Finn, Charlie Gubb, Lloyd White, Harrison Hansen, Weller Hauraki, Chris Dean, MacGraff Leuluai. Interchage: Danny Walker, Chris Houston, Tom Olbison, Sam Wilde.

Tries: Mellor (12), Dean (43) Goals: Inu 2/3

Toronto Wolfpack: Gareth O’Brien, Mason Caton-Brown, Chase Stanley, Gary Wheeler, Matty Russell, Josh McCrone, Blake Wallace, Darcy Lussick, Bob Beswick, Ashton Sims, Andrew Dixon, Cory Patterson, Jacob Emmitt. Interchange: Andy Ackers, Adam Sidlow, Jack Buchanan, Olsi Krasniqi.

Tries: Paterson (17), Russell (32), Wallace (56) Goals: O’Brien 4/7 Sin-bin: Stanley (Crusher tackle, 24)


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