Super League  Friday 28th February 2014  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,577

Squad

Allen, Cahill, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Leuluai, Lloyd, Marsh, Mellor, Owens, Tickle, White.

Squad

Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Johnson.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Joe Mellor

Paul Clough

Rhys Hanbury

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Eorl Crabtree

Leroy Cudjoe

Jermaine McGillvary

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Widnes Vikings staged a dramatic late fightback to snatch a 22-20 victory against Huddersfield Giants in First Utility Super League.

Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury scored in the closing minutes at the Select Security Stadium as the Giants, last season's League Leaders' Shield winners, surrendered a strong position for a second game in succession.

Last week they still claimed a point against Hull KR but there was no reprieve as the Vikings hit back from 10-0 and 20-12 down.

Tries from Jermaine McGillvary and Leroy Cudjoe got the Giants off to a fine start and Eorl Crabtree put them back in control after Hanbury and debutant Paul Clough responded.

The opening try came after 10 minutes when Vikings full-back Hanbury spilled a Danny Brough kick and McGillvary pounced to touch down.

Widnes responded well but another mistake proved costly as Cudjoe intercepted a Danny Craven pass and sprinted 80 metres for a Brough-converted try under the posts.

It seemed the Giants were in firm control but, having surrendered a 24-6 advantage against Hull KR, Paul Anderson's men switched off again.

Hanbury made amends for his earlier error as he collected the ball and side-stepped his way through the defence to score from close range just after the half-hour.

In the closing moments of the first period, the Vikings then declined a kickable penalty in search of another try.

The gamble paid off as Clough, who joined the club on loan from St Helens earlier in February, crashed over from a metre after Stefan Marsh and Craven had both been stopped just short.

With another new signing in Danny Tickle converting both Vikings scores, the hosts had an unexpected two-point lead at the break.

The Giants made a stronger start to the second half with powerful prop Crabtree coming to the fore, winning a penalty and then crashing over from close range to put his side back ahead.

Brough converted but missed the target from a 40-metre penalty moments later.

He put that right by landing two more penalties - the first after Willie Isa was placed on report for a high tackle on Kyle Wood - but Huddersfield could not convert that 20-12 lead into a winning score.

Widnes kept pushing with Phil Joseph knocking on when well-placed and a Mellor kick almost creating an opening.

Their perseverance paid off as pressure forced a handling error from Chris Bailey and Mellor nipped in to score under the posts.

The momentum was with them and they remarkably snatched the lead after Jack Owens appeared to have been halted in a three-man tackle in the left corner.

The ball came out and Hanbury touched down in the melee, although there appeared to be some confusion over the scorer with Owens initially credited.

Huddersfield rallied in the last minute to try to salvage the game but Widnes held firm.

Match Action

  • 73m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 69m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 69m
    try

    Joe Mellor

    Widnes

  • 67m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 63m
    interchange_on

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 63m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 61m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 54m
    interchange_off

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 54m
    interchange_on

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Huddersfield

  • 50m
    try

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 50m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 39m
    interchange_on

    Rhodri Lloyd

    Widnes

  • 39m
    interchange_off

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 38m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 38m
    try

    Paul Clough

    Widnes

  • 30m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 30m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Willie Isa

    Widnes

  • 23m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    try

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Antonio Kaufusi

    Huddersfield

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Paul Clough

    Widnes

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 10m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield