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Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos match preview

11th May 2018

By Phil Daly

Leeds Rhinos Richie Myler is tackled by Widnes Vikings Hep Cahill and Aaron Heremaia.

Leeds Rhinos and Widnes Vikings go head to head tonight in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round in a first Cup meeting since 1999.

Widnes have not won a home Challenge Cup tie against Leeds since an 8-2 victory in 1946. However, Widnes have won their last four home meetings with Leeds. The Rhinos’ last away win against the Vikings was 38-28 on 22 June, 2014.

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Leeds’ Kallum Watkins has scored points in his last ten games against Widnes. His scoring streak began with a try in a 52-36 away win on 30 June, 2013.

Previous Challenge Cup meetings:

1999 (Quarter Final) Widnes 10 Leeds 46

1993 (Semi-Final) Leeds 4 Widnes 39 (at Central Park, Wigan)

1989 (Quarter Final) Leeds 4 Widnes 24

1987 (Quarter Final) Leeds 7 Widnes 14

1986 (Quarter Final) Widnes 10 Leeds 10

1986 (Quarter Final, Replay) Leeds 5 Widnes 0

1985 (Round 1) Leeds 4 Widnes 14

1984 (Semi-Final) Leeds 4 Widnes 15 (at Station Road, Swinton)

1983 (Round 1) Widnes 6 Leeds 12

1982 (Semi-Final) Leeds 8 Widnes 11 (at Station Road, Swinton)

1977 (FINAL) Leeds 16 Widnes 7 (at Wembley Stadium)

1972 (Round 1) Leeds 17 Widnes 8

1953 (Round 2) Leeds 26 Widnes 17

1946 (Round 2) Widnes 8 Leeds 2

1939 (Round 2) Leeds 6 Widnes 2

1934 (Round 1) Widnes 12 Leeds 3

1899 (Round 3) Widnes 11 Leeds 8

What are the match day ticket prices?
Adult – £24
Concession – £17
Junior – £14
Season Cards will not be accepted for Junior Swaps a ticket must be obtain from Leeds and not on match day.

Where can fans buy tickets on match day?
Cash at the turnstiles or card payments at the South Stand ticket office

Where is the collection point for Away Fans to collect tickets?
South Stand ticket window – labelled Collections

What time do the turnstiles open and which turnstiles would Away Fans be best to use?
Turnstiles open at 6.30pm, and they are located just off Lower house lane for the West Stand

How much are your match day programmes and where can these be purchased from?
£3 and are available from the bars within the stands.

What parking (if any) is available for cars at the stadium and is there a cost? 
There is a matchday carpark on Caldwell Road which is a 2 min walk from the Stadium.  It is free to park here.
Disabled parking is available to be pre-booked at the rear of the stadium via Janet at Widnes Vikings on 01514952250

Where is the coach parking and is there a cost?
Coach Parking is at the Council depot at the bottom of Lowerhouse Lane.
No cost no need to book

What food is available to purchase at the stadium and where are the food concessions?
Pies and confectionary at the bar located in West stand.

What bars are open for Away Fans to purchase drinks from?
There is a bar in each stand.

Are there any other food or drink recommendations prior to entering the ground?
There are 2 close local pubs and local shops

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Widnes Vikings 20 Leeds Rhinos 23

11th May 2018

By Phil Daly

Tom Briscoe scores the Rhinos opening try. Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos.

Leeds Rhinos held off a brave fightback from Widnes Vikings to seal their spot in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Final. Leeds had led 23-4 at the start of the second half but had to hold on in the closing stages to book their place in the hat.

The opening exchanges were fairly cagey in front of a sparse crowd and it was Widnes who gave their loyal following the first real action to shout about when Lloyd White broke through on halfway. Full back Jack Walker was the last line of defence and made the crucial tackle however White got the ball away to his support and it needed two more try saving tackles from Golding, one after another in the same play to deny the Vikings the score. Golding was dispatched to the sin bin by referee Greg Dolan.

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However it was Leeds who struck first despite their numerical disadvantage with a  piece of lethal finishing. The chance came after the kick on the last from Myler was blocked, Anthony Mullally was alert and picked up the spinning ball before offloading to Walker, who came charging onto the pass. Widnes regathered to stop his progress but he flung a pass wide to Tom Briscoe, who stretched up one handed to collect it and go over to score. Kallum Watkins narrowly missed the conversion but his side led after 17 minutes.

Just after Golding returned, the Rhinos increased their lead with a second try creating by a strong carry from the skipper. Stevie Ward then sliced through the Widnes defence before producing a deft pass back inside to Richie Myler, who raced over against his home town club. Watkins added the conversion to make it 10-0 after 24 minutes.

The home side were given a chance to hit back from the re-start when Adam Cuthbertson lost the ball in contact and they made the possession count when second row Matt Whitley finished off a flowing move. The conversion attempt was missed by Tom Gilmore.

Leeds managed to increase the lead two minutes before half time when Myler slotted over a drop goal to give his side an 11-4 advantage. It could have been even better for Leeds following a brilliant break by Mikolaj Oledzki from the restart, supported by Walker.

The Rhinos started the second half strongly and put themselves in a good possession with a couple of quick tries.  Ashton Golding, who started on the wing, touched down in the corner following a brilliant offload by Ash Handley.

Handley then looked certain to score himself soon after but a tap tackle on his ankles took him down. However it was not long before the Rhinos did cross for a fourth try when Myler went close before offloading to Stevie Ward to score a well deserved try. Watkins converted both tries to give his side a 23-4 lead after 48 minutes.

A Widnes fight back looked unlikely at that stage but when Leeds were penalised in possession near their own line, it seemed to galvanise the Vikings for a second effort. Whitley powered his way over for a second try before prop Alex Gerrard bumped off tacklers to get over after 55 minutes. Three minutes later Runciman was on the spot to go through after Walker has spilled a high ball he had raced through to try and catch. Gilmore converted two of the three tries and the home side were now a try away from the lead with twenty minutes to go.

That set up a tense finale as the rain began to fall more heavily however the Rhinos held their nerve to ensure they continue on the Road to Wembley.

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