For the second week in a row Widnes Colts put in another strong defensive effort to come away with a share of the points.
The game started badly for the Wids, when having received the kick-off, they kicked the ball straight back to the Wilmslow backs who ran the ball over the line for the first score of the game with less than a minute played. With a successful conversion Wilmslow took a 7 point lead which was to last until half-time.
Widnes played the first half into a strong wind, and with intermittent heavy downpours it made it difficult for both teams to find any real momentum. Both sides made errors with ball in hand and both sides defended energetically. Wilmslow choosing to run ball, rather than take advantage of the strong wind at their back, were never really able to threaten Widnes in key areas of the pitch.
Widnes made good metres when in possession but didn’t look like forcing their way over the Wilmslow line. Joe Head intercepted a short ball off the back of a ruck that saw him make a half break from which Widnes progressed well into Wilmslow territory, but again the attack didn’t alter the scoreboard.
For the start of the second half the wind appeared to have weakened and the rain eased. Unable to field the restart Wilmslow knocked on, presenting the Wids with an immediate attacking opportunity with a scrum on the 22 metre line. Quick ball from the scrum and slick passing from Rob Cooke and Josh Salter enabled Matt Geraghty to beat his opposite number and round the fullback to score with just over a minute of the half gone. Alex Jones tagged on the extras and Widnes were back level.
The Widnes pack battled hard with the opposition to get the upper hand, but determined play from both sides resulted in very few opportunities to score, most of the play taking place in the middle of the pitch. With not much of the second half remaining, and after some good interplay, the Wids did manage to cross the line again only to be brought back for a forward pass.
Another gutsy performance from Widnes in difficult playing conditions left them with plenty of positives to take away from the game, not least an unbeaten start to the season.
Full credit must be given to the spirit showed by Wilmslow and their Coaching Staff, Widnes only travelled with 14 players and Wilmslow, who had 20, chose to match Widnes and play with 14, rather than their entitled 15, whereas many teams would not have shown such curtesy. Wilmslow showed the true spirit of rugby. Aided by a referee who have clear and concise decision thought the match.
Man of the match : Alex Jones, Runner Up : Matt Geraghty
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.