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1st XV "Saints" - Match centre

Widnes
Anselmians
T O'NEILL, Unknown
Tries
S Southwell, M Quitadamo, K FRIDAY, J Whitelock-Wainwright
K LEADBETTER
Conversions
I Taylor
K LEADBETTER, K LEADBETTER
Penalties
Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - Northern Division - South Lancs & Cheshire Division 1 Full time

Widnes 18 Anselmians 22

Saints tested but emerge triumphant.

Anselmians travelled to Heath Road, knowing that anything less than a bonus point victory would effectively end their promotion hopes. With so much at stake, it was surprising that Saints were slow to react to the Widnes challenge. On a back pitch that flattered to deceive, it was the home side that set the agenda. A series of intelligent kicks gave Widnes territorial advantage and it was no surprise that they took the lead on seven minutes with a penalty from captain Kevin Leadbetter.

Saints responded immediately, using their forwards to press home a perceived advantage. Several driving mauls established position and it was hooker Scott Southwell who was last up after a powerful Saints drive. Full-back Iain Taylor missed the conversion, but Anselmians led 5-3 after fifteen minutes.

An astute kick and chase by Saints’ scrum-half, Liam Sadler, set up an attacking position but Widnes’ defence held firm. Anselmians’ pack, with James Whitelock-Wainwright, Nick HEARN and Nick LAMMING prominent, was slowly gaining superiority. Widnes’ three-quarters were lively and tested centres Charlie Hough and Sam Russell, but the Saints’ defence held firm. Several promising backs moves ended with poor final passes or knock-ons, but Anselmians were attempting to create openings. As half-time approached, Widnes’ backs effectively dealt with any Anselmian moves by closing down space suspiciously quickly but Saints, leading 5-3, had a job half done.

Saints v Widnes, 31 March 2018
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After the break, it was Widnes who set the agenda with pace and purpose. Almost immediately, No. 8, Tom O’Neill scored and centre Kevin Leadbetter added the extras. Leading 10-5, Widnes increased their lead by a fine effort by substitute, James Butler. The winger kicked ahead, gathered the bouncing ball and won a foot race to the line. Leadbetter missed the conversion but, at 15-5, Widnes were rewarded for their pace and aggression.

The Anselmian response was led, as ever, by talismanic skipper, Nick HEARN. What brief ascendency Saints had had in the first half was forged by the forwards and, now, it was the pack who delivered. The front row, led by James Whitelock-Wainwright and Mario Quitadamo, scrummaged aggressively and it was fitting that the latter was rewarded by scoring after a concerted Saints drive. Taylor hooked the conversion left of the uprights and Anselmians were one score in arrears.

Kellum FRIDAY came on for Niall Cavanagh and made an immediate impact. Saints’ eight was threatening to overwhelm the tiring Widnes pack and several rolling mauls and drives were only stopped by the home side’s infringements. Referee Dave Edmunds was increasingly penalising Widnes and, after an hour, dismissed one offender with a yellow card. The depleted home forwards were under considerable pressure and buckled under another Anselmian drive which saw Friday triumphantly emerge with the ball having scored. The conversion was missed, but Anselmians were level at 15-15.

Widnes replied with a Leadbetter penalty for a high tackle to lead as the last ten minutes began, but Anselmians, like the previous week against Bowdon, would not be denied. Frenetic attacks featuring centres Russell and Hough winger, Adam Bramhall and inevitably, Nick HEARN, tested the Widnes defence. A series of penalties and lineouts put pressure on Widnes and it was fitting that Man of the Match, James Whitelock-Wainwright, should score the winning try after another Anselmian drive to the line. Taylor converted and, at 22-18, Anselmians had to withstand a last Widnes assault to record a bonus point win.

Widnes launched a wave of attacks in a nail- biting finish but, once again, Anselmians' defence was heroic and, for the second week in succession, they had come from behind to overcome a fine, well-organised opposition.

A 22-17 win last week and a 22-18 victory today. The dream continues!

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James Whitelock-Wainwright

Player of the Match

James Whitelock-Wainwright

Key moments

7:00
Penalty K LEADBETTER kicks a penalty for Widnes
14:00
Try Scott Southwell scores for Anselmians
48:00
Try T O'NEILL scores for Widnes
49:00
Conversion K LEADBETTER kicks a conversion for Widnes
51:00
Try Try for Widnes
58:00
Try Mario Quitadamo scores for Anselmians
69:00
Try Kellum FRIDAY scores for Anselmians
72:00
Penalty K LEADBETTER kicks a penalty for Widnes
73:00
Try James Whitelock-Wainwright scores for Anselmians
74:00
Conversion Iain Taylor kicks a conversion for Anselmians

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Saints v Widnes, 31 March 2018
32 photos

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
James Whitelock-Wainwright is awarded player of the match for Anselmians
74:00 Conversion 18 - 22
Iain Taylor kicks a conversion for Anselmians
73:00 Try 18 - 20
James Whitelock-Wainwright scores for Anselmians
72:00 Penalty 18 - 15
K LEADBETTER kicks a penalty for Widnes
70:00 Missed Conversion
Iain Taylor misses a conversion for Anselmians
69:00 Try 15 - 15
Kellum FRIDAY scores for Anselmians
64:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Widnes
58:00 Try 15 - 10
Mario Quitadamo scores for Anselmians
58:00 Missed Conversion
Iain Taylor misses a conversion for Anselmians
55:00 Sub On
Kellum FRIDAY is substituted on for Anselmians
55:00 Sub Off
Niall Cavanagh is substituted off for Anselmians
52:00 Missed Conversion
A LEADBETTER misses a conversion for Widnes
51:00 Try 15 - 5
Try for Widnes
50:00 Sub Off
Mark PETTERSON is substituted off for Anselmians
50:00 Sub On
Will Grabe is substituted on for Anselmians
50:00 Sub Off
Tulima Nonu is substituted off for Anselmians
50:00 Sub On
Harry Southern is substituted on for Anselmians
49:00 Conversion 10 - 5
K LEADBETTER kicks a conversion for Widnes
48:00 Try 8 - 5
T O'NEILL scores for Widnes
End of period 1
14:00 Try 3 - 5
Scott Southwell scores for Anselmians
7:00 Penalty 3 - 0
K LEADBETTER kicks a penalty for Widnes
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Widnes
  • Anselmians
  • 0
  • K LEADBETTER Penalty 7:00'
  • Scott Southwell Try 14:00'
  • T O'NEILL Try 48:00'
  • K LEADBETTER Conversion 49:00'
  • Tulima Nonu Sub Off 50:00'
  • Will Grabe Sub On 50:00'
  • Harry Southern Sub On 50:00'
  • Mark PETTERSON Sub Off 50:00'
  • Try 51:00'
  • Kellum FRIDAY Sub On 55:00'
  • Niall Cavanagh Sub Off 55:00'
  • Mario Quitadamo Try 58:00'
  • Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Kellum FRIDAY Try 69:00'
  • K LEADBETTER Penalty 72:00'
  • James Whitelock-Wainwright Try 73:00'
  • Iain Taylor Conversion 74:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Broughton Park 24 106
2. Anselmians 24 96
3. Glossop 23 90
4. Liverpool St Helens 24 89
5. Bowdon 23 68
6. Widnes 23 63
7. Leigh 24 61

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