Widnes Vikings 46-16 Castleford Tigers

Sunday 19th April 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 11

46-16 FT

HT: 28 6

Attendance: 5,257

Official: J Child

Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Patrick Ah Van 2, Rhys Hanbury 2, Jack Owens, Stefan Marsh, Kevin Brown, Cameron Phelps,

  • Goals
    Jack Owens 7,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Ben Roberts, Oliver Holmes, Michael Shenton,

  • Goals
    Ben Roberts, Liam Finn,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Jack Owens scored 18 points to send Castleford Tigers crashing to a 46-16 defeat at Widnes Vikings in Sunday's First Utility Super League fixture.

The winger scored a try and kicked seven goals from eight attempts for Widnes, who romped into a 28-6 interval lead, while Patrick Ah Van and Rhys Hanbury each crossed twice.

Castleford could only manage touchdowns from Ben Roberts, Oliver Holmes and skipper Michael Shenton as they struggled to find the recent form which had brought them four wins in five matches.

Widnes, who had slipped to 11th after successive defeats at Catalans Dragons and Hull FC, welcomed Willie Isa back to the bench after a two-month absence with a knee problem.

Joe Mellor was a late withdrawal through illness with Tom Gilmore drafted in at scrum-half, while Danny Tickle, still needing one try for a career century, was out after groin surgery with centre Chris Dean switched to the second row.

Castleford, fresh from victories over Hull KR and Warrington Wolves in their last two matches, were without nine-try top-scorer Justin Carney and they missed his power. The Aussie winger was sidelined with a dislocated elbow and James Clare took over with Jordan Tansey replacing injured Luke Dorn at full-back.

Ah Van did not take long to stroll over for a try, touching down on five minutes after it was created by clever passing from Kevin Brown and Hanbury.

Owens booted the touchline conversion with Hanbury's elusive running causing the Tigers early problems, but the visitors levelled after 11 minutes with Roberts taking Andy Lynch's offload to sidestep over with Liam Finn converting.

The try pepped up the Tigers with only desperate defending bundling Ashley Gibson into touch. Widnes regained the lead thanks to Lloyd White's 40-20, which set up the platform for Hanbury to crash over from Brown's pass, and Owens landed another touchline conversion.

There was no stopping Hanbury, with his long pass sending Owens racing over in the corner after 26 minutes and again the winger booted his third difficult conversion to make it 18-6.

The Tigers conceded a fourth try with Stefan Marsh crashing through from Gilmore's pass, as Owens took his fourth kick from the touchline but was off target and was greeted with ironic cheers from the home fans.

Widnes made it 28-6 at the break with Ah Van crashing through a poor Gibson tackle attempt right on the half-time hooter and Owens landing his fourth goal.

Castleford gave Brown far too much room and the Vikings skipper exploited a yawning gap in their defensive wall early in the second half to stretch the advantage to 34-6.

It needed an electrifying break by Adam Milner to lift the spirits of the large army of travelling Cas fans with Holmes twisting over from close range for their second try.

More brilliance from Hanbury set up a try for Cameron Phelps with a bewildering touchline run followed by a precision kick for the centre to cross. Owens made no mistake with another difficult kick to stretch the lead to 40-10 after an hour.

Cas did notch a third try with Shenton bursting onto a Roberts pass.

Only the post denied Aaron Heremaia another try as Widnes continued to pile on the pressure with Phelps spilling the ball over the line and it was no surprise when the Vikings added another try through Hanbury five minutes from time.

  • 75: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 75: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Liam Finn
  • 64: TRY! scored for Castleford by Michael Shenton
  • 61: TRY! scored for Widnes by Cameron Phelps
  • 61: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 50: TRY! scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 45: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 40: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 30: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 25: TRY! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 24: Interchange Off for Castleford, Scott Wheeldon Off
  • 24: Interchange On for Castleford, Adam Milner On
  • 24: Interchange On for Castleford, Lee Jewitt On
  • 24: Interchange Off for Castleford, Scott Moore Off
  • 23: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 23: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 18: Interchange Off for Widnes, Eamon O'Carroll Off
  • 18: Interchange On for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa On
  • 17: Interchange On for Widnes, Alex Gerrard On
  • 17: Interchange Off for Widnes, Gil Dudson Off
  • 11: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 5: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Jack Owens
  • 5: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • Key Performers

    Andy Lynch

    Metres 159
    5 5
    Offloads 5

    Lloyd White

    Forty Twenty 1
    6 6

    Rhys Hanbury

    Metres 188
    6 6

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Widnes Vikings 16
    Castleford Tigers 6

    Goals:

    Widnes Vikings 14
    Castleford Tigers 4

    METRES:

    Widnes Vikings 1450
    Castleford Tigers 1019

    CARRIES:

    Widnes Vikings 205
    Castleford Tigers 158

    TACKLES:

    Widnes Vikings 300
    Castleford Tigers 337

    OFFLOADS:

    Widnes Vikings 6
    Castleford Tigers 8

    PENALTIES:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Castleford Tigers 9

    BREAKS:

    Widnes Vikings 8
    Castleford Tigers 4

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Rhys Hanbury 2 3 4 0 1 10 1 14 188 13.43 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Patrick Ah Van 2 0 3 0 0 4 0 9 93 10.33 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Owens 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 12 84 7.00 1 1 2 0 7 1 0 0
    Stefan Marsh 1 0 13 1 1 1 0 11 93 8.45 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Cameron Phelps 1 1 8 1 0 1 0 12 86 7.17 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 1 2 14 0 1 1 6 25 127 5.08 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Tom Gilmore 0 1 14 0 3 1 4 10 42 4.20 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 23 2 2 2 0 6 53 8.83 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 29 5 0 1 1 10 68 6.80 1 6 2 1 0 0 1 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 18 4 1 0 0 6 54 9.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Galea 0 0 28 2 3 0 0 16 93 5.81 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
    Chris Dean 0 0 26 6 1 0 0 12 55 4.58 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 21 0 1 2 0 11 66 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 19 5 0 0 0 16 130 8.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    William Isa 0 0 17 3 1 1 0 12 65 5.42 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 33 8 0 1 0 15 113 7.53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 27 7 1 1 0 8 40 5.00 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Michael Shenton 1 0 11 2 1 3 0 8 63 7.88 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Roberts 1 1 20 1 0 1 5 11 52 4.73 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Oliver Holmes 1 0 26 1 0 3 0 8 61 7.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Tansey 0 0 4 0 1 0 1 11 64 5.82 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashley Gibson 0 0 4 0 3 0 0 12 66 5.50 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Channing 0 0 10 1 2 0 1 8 34 4.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Clare 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 8 53 6.63 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Finn 0 0 17 3 8 0 3 5 6 1.20 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1
    Andy Lynch 0 1 28 4 2 3 0 21 159 7.57 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0
    Scott Moore 0 0 28 5 2 0 0 10 54 5.40 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Wheeldon 0 0 17 1 0 0 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Grant Millington 0 0 35 2 4 1 0 14 91 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Nathan Massey 0 0 39 3 2 2 0 12 66 5.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 32 6 0 2 0 4 71 17.75 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Lee Jewitt 0 0 30 5 0 0 0 7 42 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Ryan Boyle 0 0 23 5 0 1 0 6 37 6.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Steve Crossley 0 0 9 1 0 0 0 3 24 8.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    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