Super League  Friday 8th March 2013  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,861

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, Joseph, White, Winterstein.

Squad

Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Langley, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Blythe, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Lloyd White

Patrick Ah Van

Rhys Hanbury

Patrick Ah Van

GOAL SCORERS:

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Patrick Ah Van

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Keith Lulia

Matt Diskin

Brett Kearney

Elliott Whitehead

GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Widnes Vikings had Gareth Hock sent off but salvaged a point after a magnificent backs-to-the-wall effort against Bradford Bulls.

The forward, on loan from Wigan Warriors, was red-carded on the half hour by referee Robert Hicks for dissent after Matt Diskin bagged the Bulls' third touchdown to stretch their advantage to 16-4, following scores from Elliott Whitehead and Brett Kearney inside the opening five minutes.

However, the Vikings stunned Bradford by grabbing three tries without reply when they were down to 12 men through Rhys Hanbury, Patrick Ah Van and Lloyd White. Ah Van’s penalty five minutes from time then earned a deserved draw.

Widnes were missing skipper Kevin Brown, who suffered an ankle injury on his debut in the 36-16 win over Hull FC, while Cameron Phelps and Stefan Marsh were also sidelined.

Willie Isa, Dave Allen and Phil Joseph – against his old club – returned for the Vikings with Chris Dean in the centre after signing a new contract until 2015.

Bulls loose forward Jamie Langley made his 250th career appearance but goal-kicker Jamie Foster missed his first game since joining the club in the close-season.

Whitehead gave Bradford a flying start with the opening try from Kearney’s pass after only two minutes, although stand-in marksman Jarrod Sammut was off target with the conversion attempt.

Bradford extended the lead to 10-0 after Kearney raced onto Keith Lulia’s clever offload to force his way over with Sammut adding the extras.

Joe Mellor went close for Widnes before Paddy Flynn was forced to pull off a try-saving tackle on Lulia after Danny Addy’s 40-20 kick.

The Vikings finally opened their account when Ah Van nipped round the blind side from dummy half against his old club to cut the gap to 10-4.

Ah Van almost bagged a second as Widnes looked to regain their composure after the shaky start, but substitute Diskin burrowed his way over from dummy half before referee Hicks sent off Hock for dissent.

Sammut’s conversion made it 16-4 with the Vikings facing a massive task with only 12 men.

The numerical advantage paid off after 34 minutes when Lulia took Sammut’s pass to cross and make it 20-4 at the break.

Bradford lost Matty Blythe after a first-half knock but conceded a second try when Hanbury crossed from White’s pass.

Then Ah Van squeezed in at the corner and booted the conversion off the touchline to cut the deficit to 20-14.

A Sammut penalty gave Bradford an eight-point cushion but it was a valiant effort by Widnes - who had a Hanbury try disallowed after the full-back almost slid over.

The Widnes surge was rewarded with a White try from Hanbury’s pass after 68 minutes with Ah Van’s conversion making it 22-20.

Then Ah Van struck the penalty and the Vikings almost snatched victory, but Hanbury’s drop goal attempt was just off target.

Match Action

  • 76m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 70m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 70m
    try

    Lloyd White

    Widnes

  • 56m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 50m
    goal

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 49m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 44m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 44m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 44m
    interchange_off

    Dave Allen

    Widnes

  • 35m
    try

    Keith Lulia

    Bradford

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 30m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 28m
    try

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Ben Cross

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 20m
    try

    Patrick Ah Van

    Widnes

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 7m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 5m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 3m
    try

    Elliott Whitehead

    Bradford