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The Northern Report - Australian Rugby league News
globalrugbyleague - Fri, 29 Feb 2008 06:17:00 GMT
Widnes grabbed their second win of the season in the Northern Rail cup last weekend after eclipsing competition leaders Leigh Centurions 34-20 at Halton Stadium.

The Vikings led 12-10 at half-time but then commenced the second-half poorly when the Centurions forced an error and turned this into points care of Leroy Rivett.

But the home side struck back quickly care of some quick offloads which created enough room for Toa Kohe-Love to cross the line in the 54th minute.

The Vikings then added a controversial try three minutes later.

On the last tackle a hopeful punt in the air was spilled by Dave Alstead and appeared to be fumbled by Andy Kain before the scrum-half touched down. Surprisingly Stephen Clarke, the Australain match official waved play-on and allowed the try to stand.

That decision left Leigh in no mood to be nice and Tommy Grundy was shortly placed on report for an aggressive tackle. Probably would’ve made for some great television though.

Sniffing an opportunity, Mark Smith then ran from dummy-half and beat three defenders to grab the next points. By this stage Leigh were on a roll…to knowhere. Mick Nanyn then converted to make it 28-16.

The visitors kept the game alive when they took full advantage of ideal field position to get Adam Rudd over for before Andy Bracek crossed over in the 77th minute for a converted four-pointer which locked in the final score.

“We showed some real good touches early in the game. There are far more positives than negatives”, said Leigh football manager Darren Shaw.

Widnes 34 (Dodd (18, 36), Kohe-Love (54), Kain (57), Smith (62), Bracek (77) tries; Nanyn 5/6 goals) def Leigh 20 (Ainscough (4), Clough (8), Rivett (43), Rudd (69) tries; Heremaia 2/3, Ainscough 0/1 goals) at Halton Stadium. Referee: Tommy Grundy. Crowd: 4,133 Penalties: Widnes 14-9

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