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Warrington. Widnes. Two towns, six miles apart. One love, rugby league.
Warrington pressing all the time. This is for the try! The rivalry is
fierce. Passionate. Sometimes brutal. I should know. I played for
both clubs. Against both clubs. I don't think I ever lost in this
derby. Today, there will be no quarter given and no quarter asked.
With so much at stake. Warrington at their near neighbours Widnes...
Expect fireworks. Welcome to Warrington who are
hosting their noisy neighbours, six miles away, it's Widnes and it's one
of the few fixtures that we can take Jonathan Davies to Andy can walk
around the ground and not get too much abuse from anybody. We have
coming up the Derby between Warrington and Widnes, the game
kicks off at 3pm. After the match, here, we will have the draw for the
quarterfinal. We will then have the rugby league forum over on the BBC
sport website, but if you want an little bit of athletics, stay tuned
to BBC Two where they will have the highlights of the diamond lead from
Shanghai. Jonathan Davies is with us alongside
John, what is so special about this match? It's the proximity of the two
towns, six miles, the home supporters work together, they live
next door to each other. It's special and a lot of players have
gone from one club to the other, and the rivalry is very intense. It's
been a tough start of the season for both of these clubs, it seems
strange to say it in May but is this the best chance of getting
silverware? Certainly they will have highlighted the Challenge Cup as a
great chance, for Widnes, a bad season, they are bottom of the Super
League. Warrington are inconsistent in their start in Super League. So
they will be looking to get back to Wembley. Tony Smith is a big fan of
this competition. They will be highly motivated, both sides today.
You see the old school in motion and grit and determination in those
clips. We'd love to see that in the match today. In a moment we will run
you through the results from Round 6 so far. But let's look back on
yesterday's match when St Helens went to Castleford, and they had a
rough time. Here are some of the key tries.
They are grabbing at thin air, as Shelton goes in. He scores the
game's first try. Webster, it almost seems too easy. Jake Webster.
Walking through. Congratulations for the man who created it. Matty Smith
again. Again it's the kick, looking to measure it, Eden goes art and
Morgan in a midair. He catches that ball away from the Cassell said
Byrne and St Helens have the score. Here they go again. Castleford are
on fire. Wow, Castleford! And here comes Gayle, he will go himself. The
ball comes free. Now it's about whether Eden goes
into touch, he's in the air, grabbed the ball, that's a try.
Here's Gale, and in goes the flying Eden again.
It's a hat-trick, a second-half hat-trick for red Eden. -- Greg
Eden. They are reaching out for him, they
cannot put a hand on him. And Minikin, Minikin is underneath the
posts. The procession continues. I think we're just a group of fellows
who enjoy playing football together. We have fun at training and we bring
it on to the pitch, and outstanding performance and that what we got in
the locker. It doesn't get much worse than what we are at the
moment. My time, 15 years in the club, this is the lowest point.
So, let's catch up on all the results we had so far.
There were two others fixtures as well as ours today, Leeds will kick
off ten minutes late because Barrow were late arriving.
John, we appreciate you coming on, because that was hard for you
yesterday and you spoke incredibly honestly after the game. Is it it
any easier today? Not really. I think throughout your career you
have highlights and low lights, and days like yesterday were harder to
take. That will last for a long time. We are a great club, it is a
fantastic club I get the privilege to play for and captain. What we
produced yesterday is not good enough. It's nowhere near the
standard that the club sets for itself. And the history of the club
demands we are better than what we are at the moment. Both in Super
League and the Challenge Cup. We're out of the cup now at its extreme
sheeting to me to have to watch the draw today -- it is excruciating for
me to be here and have to watch the draw today.
We should not take anything away from Castleford, they played some
fantastic rugby. I love their approach to the game but the skills
were at the highest level. But their defence fell off in the latter
stages. There was a ten minute period pre-and post-half-time, the
attacking was superb. They are on the crest of a wave, and that was a
major difference yesterday. They were players playing on the top of
their game. Some key players. And looking back at St Helens, I've
played and won against them and lost against them, great clubs. But for
me at the moment, it wasn't that there was going to play and there
was not the aggression in the pack. So they've got to look at agreement,
the recruitment hasn't been good over the last few years. You can't
ask the youngsters to come through and perform at that level on a
consistent basis. So recruitment for me is key for St Helens, because the
supporters and the players understand the tradition and the
success of that club. And it will come back. But recruitment is so
crucial. You have recruited a new coach who is arriving this week,
what is going to be the key thing that he needs to bring? You are not
going to bring in a new team halfway to the season. He'll come and look
and learn and listen. And I think he's going to from all accounts
bring some attacking prowess. When you watch Castleford, the way they
play is an entertaining style of rugby. You're right, you got to
praise Castleford for their performance yesterday, it was
exceptional. We're really excited to bring him on board and start to see
what changes we can make to get back on track. I keep reading that St
Helens have had a poor start of the season, it's not the start now, it's
halfway through. We need to do get going quickly. We're all committed
to Justin and everybody to get this club moving in the right direction.
The one thing is, if you look at Super League this year, so many
sides have beaten each other, you can't really predict a game.
Sometimes they flog the side, they don't expect it. If you look at
getting the basics right, you can get back on the horse, you can get
your results and your confidence back. And all of a sudden things
don't look as bad as they do. You've got some tough fixtures. He is going
to have to hit the ground running. Yes, we played some big side, we've
got Wigan and Huddersfield coming up. We're keen to get stuck into
those games, it's hard but we've got some challenges ahead of us, but
with just in the new coach, we will attack the new games and see what it
brings. Let's go back to the game today because he might have gathered
that Jonathan Davies played for both sides, so we let him lead to the
camera and let him have a trip down memory lane.
The north-west, and especially Warrington and Widnes, it's a
special place because I spent seven years up here. Both towns are very
working class towns with some great people. And it is all rugby league.
He's going for the line, and another brilliant try! For Jonathan Davies
and! I thoroughly enjoyed living up here, I had some great times, I'm
lost now, I'm going the wrong way! I come down and look of this ground,
and how it's changed and I go to Halliwell Jones, and the stadium has
changed, how has the game changed? Its physical, it's fast. It is well
beyond your means now! Warrington and then their neighbours Widnes.
A little bit of feeling erupting now. They are too little turkeys
together. The rivalry is intense. This is
Widnes, and then next roundabout is Warrington fans. In those days, I
had my name is sponsored on the car. When I got stuck in traffic, and
with fans in the car next door to me, the kids were asking me, what
was the sign language in the other car? So I had to little bit of
explaining. The atmosphere, you can tell there's tension. Between the
fans. That's bragging rights. And we hear about it, when we have had to
suffer in defeat, we hear about it for awhile. Since I've been here,
it's been fantastic. We've been on the end of some really good hiding
is early on and we've managed to get a foothold into some competitions
and won a couple of games on way. And what that means for the town and
the players has a real knock-on effect. He's got support, inside
him, no 1's going to catch the man who will score, Jonathan Davies! Jim
Mills is the chairman of Widnes and he spoke to me officially once when
he signed me, when he signed me, and then the second time he spoke to be
officially coming he said, we've got to sell you.
What a score! Of course, you've taken their best
player. Well, he knocked on our door, I liked it that way. It's been
an indifferent start for Kevin, he's a terrific fellow and he's got great
desire and he came here for the right intentions. And he's going to
be very good for us. When we lost Kevin this year, everyone was
signed, and we did on our business so it was hard to find a half-backs.
And then we gave the half-backs to John Miller and invested in those
lads who'd been in the club and both of them got injured in the first
month. You've been at the top level, do you find it frustrating to
intimate your thoughts on to players? You -- it can be, it's no
good giving my CV to people and train to coach, it's no good how
good I was or how good you were, no good driving into them the real
tough environment that I came up in, Wigan was a special environment, and
trying to put that in place. The Challenge Cup is in trench in
Widnes. It would mean a lot to the club and the town to do well in this
competition. I've managed to be with my team at Wembley at four times,
three as winners, and the last few where we were awfully close and
beta. That's a great experience, not the losing part but being part of
something so special, to have a great drive and be back there again.
Once you have a taste, you get greedy.
Did you really get lost! I did. Times have changed. They've added a
couple of more roundabouts. It was difficult. We can't let you out on
your own, can we? It was great coming back, seeing places that I
lived. Two of my daughters were born in Warrington Hospital, so it's nice
coming back, I love the Northwest. Times have changed when you look at
some of that footage, my word they laid into each other. They did.
There's a lot to be said for the old school style. I grew up watching the
likes of Jonathan and Denis Betts play. That era is quite nostalgic
for me. In Denis Betts, Widnes have got somebody who's got a huge
pedigree in the Challenge Cup as a player. He doesn't speak about how
decorated he is, but he's got a lot of experience of going to Wembley
for finals. Tony Smith has also got great experience. So these guys have
got people at the helm who are embedded in success and will be
driving their teams forward. Let's have a look at how they sit in
the Super League table, and it's been a real tough start the season
for Widnes who have been by injury. They sit bottom of the table, but
Warrington were bottom of the table for quite some time at the beginning
of the season. But they are a team on the up at the moment. The team
news for Warrington is interesting, they've got their internationals
back. But we were given the team sheet which had Harvey Livett who
did so well in the middle for him, but he has had to pull out with a
hamstring strain, it's been a light reshuffle. Ben Westwood will start
in the second row. Tony Smith has a huge amount of assets in his team
who are very worth the tile, so actually it's not a big issue for
Warrington. There is quality throughout the team sheet. Brown
coming back from international duty, and Chris Hill, Gidley, Australian
experience, just quality throughout. We look at the Widnes side, there is
a lot of inexperienced but quality in the Warrington side. It is a
young team in places, this Widnes side. What a day for Lloyd Roby to
make his debut. You grow up wanting to play the Challenge Cup and it
against your local rivals. But they have got to take it to them because
Warrington, they have two manage expectation. Widnes get St Helens,
they're not doing very well with injury, everyone expects Warrington
to win. So it is expectation of management. But with Widnes, it's
the other way round, they will say we are battered, we are injured,
just get out there and play. What is going to be the key for Widnes
today? Widnes have not started the season
that they would like to. They got some big boys, Manasseh Monica
they might be to get some space on the field. The man who will be
tasked with leading them around the park is Joe Mellor. He's a great
player, one of my favourite players. When he gets a ball in hand and take
the line on, he can be effective. Can I have a quick word with you?
How the boys preparing today? We've trained well, we are just go to try
and complete and get in the game. What about the supporters, you're
only six miles away from the town, the supporters have turned out in
great numbers, is that a good way to turn the season around? Definitely,
we know it's not been a great start but these always turn up great for
us and we're looking forward to it today.
How key is Joe Mellor to them? Huge, he and Rhys Hanbury have got a
great, nation, Joe Mellor creates some space and you usually find
Hanbury popping up and taking advantage. The things will be
through Mellor, Hanbury and Heremaia, I think they'll be
imported through the fields. The challenge is the inexperienced.
Today is a great day for them but that could be exposed. They put
together a very good first half against Hull, how do they do a full
80 minutes? They go back to basics. If they complete the set up, they
get a good kicking game and defended very well, if you just watch,
creating and scoring tries, they're capable. Defensively, therefore.
It's not -- they are poor. It's not the structure or defence, it's the
one on one tackles. The support is so good, they just streamed through.
Hull scored a try just before half-time against Widnes and it
killed them. It gave Hull some hope, they came out in the second half and
went through them, through the middle of the field. Its attitude,
commitment, communication, and they've got to get that whites
today. If there's a team that can expose you the middle of field, it's
Warrington. They play flat and fast. This could be Matt Russell, they'll
expose weakness and they'll have to be at their best. At any level, you
just cannot fall off one-on-one tackles. As we mentioned, sport
sometimes comes back to mental toughness. Today witness will have
two front up and get stuck into that and make sure that defence is their
priority. What is going to be the key for Warrington?
Kind of like Widnes, Warrington haven't had the start of they wanted
but over the last six weeks, they've turned the season around. If you
look across the vast width of talent they've got, they should be batting
way above they are. They have world-class players, like number
six, Kevin Brown. We'll see if we can get a word with him. He was an
outstanding figure for the England team last weekend. Kevin, a quick
word? Of the back of the international last week, how's your
confidence right now? Yeah, good, it's been confident all year. We got
a really good lot out of the last week. You guys are looking very
confident at this point on, the last six weeks, getting wins under the
belt? Yes, we hit some good form, when not still where we want to be
but the boys did great job last week. Try to fit back in and add a
bit today as well. As you can see, he's got a real determination in his
eyes. These players love playing at home so what was on special magic
from Warrington today. Neither Stefan Ratchford zero Kevin
Brown were originally in the squad to travel down under but I am
getting the feeling they have come back with a lot of confidence. Yes,
they've gone out and done a great job last minute. They were both very
tidy in their performances for England. Kevin Brown was poached
from Widnes, brought all the creativity, guile and skill that
Widnes had. And he's been brought in and his start to this club was
exceptional. Since then, Warrington's fortunes and his own
personally have been up and down. But Kevin Brown's, quality, he
creates a space, you alluded to that. Yes, just watch him, he's a
bit of a slow player, he looks lethargic, plenty of time on the
ball. But when you move to a different club, there's not much on
here, really, last minute of the game, he kicks. It's about settling
here and I is adapting to him. I think he's got an unusual tempo to
how he plays the game and that takes some time to get used to. And
another example would be happy Mike Chase, he plays quite erratically,
Kevin Brown is very slow and deliberate. I find it hard to play
against players like Kevin Brown because he draws you to him, he is
of its smaller with his style and he draws people out of the defensive
line and creates space. Who better to deal with Kevin Brown van Widnes,
they know anything about him. He reminds me of Tony Myler, he was six
foot tool, I had to adjust runs off him because he would create space. A
slightly old-fashioned stand-off. You can't help but think, Kevin
Brown going away and playing well for England, coming back, he could
be the catalyst for Warrington doing good things this year. You look at
their side, they are too good to be where they are in the Super League
table. Certainly good enough for this group to get to Wembley this
year. Let's hear from the two catches coaches.
With Warrington in form, a local derby must get the juices flowing.
Yes, we are keen to build a wobbly doing at the moment. Our last match
was the best that macro to build on what we're doing at the road. Our
last performance of the best performance since the Brisbane game.
A number of players are returning to play with us. So we've got a bit
more to choose from at the moment. It's the crippling injury list
you've got, are you fearful about today? No, not fearful, it's an
opportunity, we've got problems and that creates opportunities for our
youngsters. We got a couple of 17 and 18-year-olds. A little bit of
that great opportunity. We're not fearful, which is going to take our
chances and all the pressure is off this group this group, we have just
got to go out and enjoy it. Kevin Brown is back from international
duty, how is that going to work with him and Harvey Livett? Harvey will
slip into the centres, we're missing Rhys Evans from last week. So
Harvey's natural position is centre but he did a great job in the halfs
last week. So he'll move into the centres. We're looking forward to
that. I thought Kevin was really solid for England last week and
we're hoping that he comes up with some big plays today. It's a big
game, local derby, the crowd will be nice and loud, if we allow them to
dominate and the physical, we will be on the back foot so we got to be
on the front foot. We have got a scrum half again, he will be able to
dictate the play for us. Many people will think that Widnes are therefore
that taking, no complicity in your dressing room? Unless you get
everything right on the day, you can get beaten. Enthusiasts usually wins
a game of rugby league. We need to be enthusiastic. They will be
thinking the same thing. Our boys have trained well this week and
prepared well so hopefully we can get off to a good start.
I should just say that we did those interviews before Harvey pulled out
with that hamstring injury, Jack Hughes comes in in the centres to
replace him. He spent time with most coaches this week, how did you find
them? With Widnes, times are tough. On the back of the defeat against
Barrow, I think Denis Betts's problem is the depth of their squad.
A lot of injuries again. So they are very much a struggling. And then on
the back of the result against another local rivals St Helens last
week, they are buoyant. But both these clubs have got great tradition
in the cup. And this game will be released from the Super League, and
whoever wins, it will be a nice thread throughout the season, as
long as they can hang on in there until August. It's an important game
for both clubs. With Denis a couple of weeks ago at Salford, and you
guys had been under pressure this season, but there was not a feeling
that Denis was under pressure, everyone understands what is going
on and this is a club which has been building through the years. Without
doubt, they've done a great job, Widnes, to be in the position
they're in now. The club was in some serious trouble, and Widnes have
done some great things with limited resources, Denis has. I feel like
they got of searching of the soul to do. But putting some young players
in now, you're going to get some diamonds. What better stage, a
Challenge Cup game in the sun like this, against local rivals, for
these young guys to step up. I'm excited for them young guys to have
a crack against Warrington, nothing to lose. Warrington have got the
pressure of expectation on them, but Widnes have got a great of the
surety to attack. We've talked a lot about the halves and the creative
play, but they've both got great wings, how much key has it been that
Patrick is back from injury? They are both exceptional finishers and
big guys who are hard to handle. Look at the tackle busts. 18 from
Tom Linder, so these guys are making a lot of metres and breaking speed.
-- Tom Lineham. Patrick Ah Van has been on fire with his tight that
work and strength in corners recently. A real asset for Widnes.
Patrick Garvan has not got headlines but he is a strong performer and he
knows how to finish. He just looks for he doesn't stay on. And then he
just comes off the wing. He is great out there. That's a great finish. A
great finish. In tight spaces, when you got a man whose that big, that
strong and quick, he's difficult to stop. He's a great ever had capture.
Both him and Lineham have a challenge for the opposition because
they can great opportunity. A quick addiction? I can't see past
Warrington. Same, Warrington, I can't sit on the fence. The players
are in the tunnel, so let's hand you to our commentary team.
A little bit of pre-match nerves there, Sunday afternoons in Cheshire
our usual gentle affairs, not this Sunday. It will be a blood and
thunder derby on the cards. We hope six miles of separation but a common
bond of mutual loathing between these two sides. Certainly the
supporters in the primrose and blue of Warrington in evidence, and the
flavour of the pre-match is that they start here today very much as
favourites. Especially given the adversity in terms of injuries that
Widnes have been having. Several youngsters in their 17 today,
including a young debutant, more of that in a moment. The black and
white of Widnes, the cup kings of the 70s and 80s, looking to restore
some of that tradition. They've got a big task on their
hands, that sliding black and white. Their supporters are here in good
heart. And with plenty of hope. We heard about the late changes. Benny
westward coming off the bench to start in the second row. Jack Hughes
in the centre. George King a late replacement on the bench for
Warrington. Let's have a look at that line-up right now. Warrington
had three players back from being on duty for England in Australia last
week. A kids collection for Widnes.
18-year-old Lloyd Roby making his debut. 18-year-old Johnstone and
17-year-old Walker. Those numbers give you the clues. 31, 37, 38, 35.
They are not in line normally. James child is the referee today.
Kevin Brown up against his former club. Not the most favourite in
Widnes these days, Kevin Brown. Hanbury gets the kick under way.
Ratchford underneath. Here comes Sims with the first drive on this
sunny afternoon in Warrington. Warrington against Widnes, a place
in the quarterfinals of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at stake.
Let's hear the early thoughts of Brian Noble. Widnes have to be
exceptional in these early stages. Warrington have been renowned. Team
games exceptionally fast. Widnes will have to be very careful in
these early stages. Yes, I think they've got a decent enough pact to
compete with Warrington and if they can handle their ruck speed, kick
pressure we saw. Tony Smith the coach. He's had Wembley glory of
course with Warrington in recent years. Denis Betts knows all about
Wembley glory as well. Seven Challenge Cup medals for him, the
Widnes coach. It is taken up by Heremaia... They've missed him this
season for big chunks, he's been injured. He grabs himself a penalty.
I'm just thinking, everyone has had the element of sympathy for Widnes.
You build up the fact there is every four kids in there. They are a big
chance today. If you can manufacture a response to that, they've
certainly got a big enough pact. They've got to start exceptionally
well. Runciman taking it in. Taking up position. Mellor going left and
straightened up by Jack Buchanan the Australian who is underneath the
sticks and 80 yards away. This is promising from Widnes at the moment.
Hanbury wrapped up well by the Warrington defence, out on the
fringes. A step and they drive back by Olbison, the former Bradford man.
Widnes still knocking on the door. Getting close. It came off the chest
of Cahill. And it came forward off that chest so Warrington get the
ball back here. A terrific tackle from Jack Hughes. Just watched the
play unfolds, his left shoulder really physical on Cahill. Good
early signs for Warrington. A tough catch, that one. Catching those
balls at the line for the Widnes players, against someone in your
face, it's a tough catch. Brent Hodgson alongside Denis Betts. He's
got some Wembley memories as well as a Huddersfield player. Gidley at
dummy half. He was named on the bench but because of that late
injury to Harvey Livett he has started. Ratchford goes left with a
wonderful pass out to Lineham his way is blocked by an enthusiastic
Widnes chased back. Warrington deep inside Widnes territory for the
first time in the game so far. Three and a half minutes played. Here is
Gidley... Ratchford puts it high in the air. Hanbury coming across,
Lineham was there and it came off his fingertips. Warrington come away
with nothing. We haven't spoken much about Rhys Hanbury. His attacking
prowess is vital for Widnes today. His speed and footwork might be the
difference. What we saw there was an attempt to catch the ball
defensively. I think Ratchford and Brown put the ball as high as they
possibly could. He's bigger than most of the big fellows, Ah Van.
Damien Johnson has news for us on the touchline. Harvey Livett felt a
bit of a twinge in his hamstring, ran down the tunnel complaining
about it and disappeared into the physio room. Thought it might be
cramped but on further inspection he was out of the game. He's been
playing well, Harvey Livett. Ratchford picks up, fresh from that
international adventure he has last week. He was a late call-up to
England and he made a claim the way he played. He is a terrific player,
Stefan Ratchford. Widnes are doing the right things, they are
completing early in this game. St Helens were at 40% at half-time,
Widnes can't afford to do that in this game. Ratchford throws off a
couple of defenders. Cahill just caught his ankles and slowed him
down. I think there's a bit too much going on from Olbison. The penalty
for Warrington. Footwork again from Stefan Ratchford. So good on his
feet, gets himself between defenders. One defender left in his
way. Gets his team a penalty. The first tackle settles Warrington into
decent position here. Five more to come. Gidley, Brown, Ratchford, seen
plenty of him so far. He was offering an off-load, there was
nobody waiting. Gidley again. It's a poor pass. Sims has to take it in
and rolls it back to Gidley. Cahill wrapped himself around him. Short
pass, there's the Frenchman. Jullien, he's an interesting
character, a real impact player. Last tackle. Warrington Wolves it is
to create here. Kevin Brown, Ratchford with the past, batted on
quickly by Hughes I think that was on the near side. It left his winger
with nothing really on, Russell. It was a small opportunity. Jack Hughes
trying to be a bit too fancy. Probably should have caught that.
Small opportunity for Warrington. That's why you hope Harvey Livett
was, but he's off the field. Probably Jack Hughes didn't quite
possess. It was 80 11 situation. Widnes surviving that first real
spell of pressure. They are up against it today, a lot of
youngsters on the field again. Lloyd Raby is 18 years old and making his
debut in a Challenge Cup tie at Warrington -- Lloyd Roby. Here is
Johnstone. Out of dummy half by Mellor. They are rolling forward
with decent intent, here. Keeping themselves a platform. Dudson
flicking it away, Buchanan can't keep old and too many knocks on in
the end for the referee's liking. Good play from Widnes initially but
just that one past too far from Dudson, couldn't quite take it in.
It's so important for Widnes Vikings to completing these early strangers.
Don't give cheap possession away to Warrington, they will feed off that.
Eight times Challenge Cup winners, Warrington. They had a really good
spell where they dominated the competition over four years. Beta
last year in the final against Hull. Here is Lineham. Bell fancy their
chances of a good cup run. Warrington especially, early form
poor but they are putting that behind them. They are hitting decent
form at the moment. Here is Chris Hill.
25 away. Growing in menace, Warrington at the moment. Widnes
offside, not square I think was the decision so a penalty for
Warrington. They hit the tackle count as well. They are on the try
line, basically. Ashton Sims. Warrington looking to push their way
over here. Tenth minute of the game. Ratchford puts it over the top...
When Atkins has it back again it would have been advantage. I know he
said a forward pass... It's important that Widnes take this
opportunity they've been given to complete the set, put Warrington and
a bit of pressure. They made a couple of errors, gave a penalty
away. As we see, Ratchford frustrated that pass forward a bit.
Vitally important set for Widnes. What are you smiling at? I thought
the decision was a bit strange. The Widnes defender touched that. The
best team in this competition are Warrington at picking and going.
When they win the ground in and around the ruck they put you on the
back foot with either a dummy half run or another carry in and around
there. I think Widnes are trying to get them a bearing game but you
can't give them the ball for nothing like that. Here comes Cooper,
straightening up. Think forget that quarterfinal draw after this match
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the Super League show a week on Tuesday. It's Magic Weekend next
week, every game in Newcastle in the Super League. You can catch it on
the Super League show a week on Tuesday. Gidley and dummy half. 15
out. Brown again. The two England players combining, Brown and tell.
Gidley the Australian. Options to his left... No smile this time.
Definitely good decision from the officials. Widnes are doing a good
job in the ruck. They know they can't often play at speed as we just
saw Livett stray that pass forward a bit. They know they can't allow them
to play quick and get them nice and tight in the tackle and Warrington
want to speed this game up as it progresses. Nervy at the moment.
Neither side taking an advantage. 65% territory for Warrington, 58%
possession. That tells you Warrington at -- are dominating.
They've now given a penalty away. Patrick Ah Van a master at winning
penalties. He manufactured the penalty, got himself through. I
think he found an advantage there, Ah Van, in convincing the referee.
They stopped him from doing that so the penalty was given. Here come
Widnes, 40 metres out, a set of six to work with here. Taken in in the
first instance by Liam Walsh. That clutch of teenagers in this Widnes
side. Buchanan driving it forward. Heremaia is a long way from his
teenage years, he's 34 years old. A ball is bowled back by Dudson.
Picked up smartly by Johnstone who searches for something on the
right-hand side. A little bit of give. Mellor... Offered inside for
Hanbury who's got the zip but he's also got Kevin Brown in close
proximity to make the tackle... They go short, he's over, he's reached
over and Widnes have the first try of the game. That's exactly what
they needed. Absolutely. Warrington with the territory in this game and
they've waited and bided their time to penalty from Ah Van. Just gives
his team the opportunity, they get the right position. They haven't had
too much of it in this game. When they did they took advantage of it.
Hanbury accelerated through the gap. The Warrington defence managed to
get him down. Heremaia with a lovely fat pass. Greg Burke right
underneath the posts. Brilliant try from the Widnes Vikings. It was a
good try and full credit to Rhys Hanbury. He created that try. His
surge on the inside beats Ratchford. The speed of the play of the ball
allows Burke to pick his spot. He's so quick, Hanbury. 15 minutes
played. That try was scored. Widnes had the lead. Patrick van, two or
three in the Widnes side who are capable kickers. That's not the
biggest test he might face today but six points to nil. Widnes lead. It
was vitally important for Widnes Vikings to get a good start in this
game. They have been under pressure. To be 6-0 after 15 minutes I'm sure
Denis Betts will be very, very happy. First try of the season for
Greg Burke. If you go through a season without scoring a try you
have to do a nudie run at training, danger you?! -- don't you. LAUGHTER
Here comes Cahill, Widnes buoyed by the early confidence. Can they do it
on the back of this? What is Warrington's response going to be
like? Rolling towards the halfway line but still a distance short of
it. Need to make some metres in what remains of this set. A couple of
tackles still to go. Heremaia dodging and weaving but no way
forward. Johnstone... Johnstone was a dummy half. Rhys Hanbury going to
go there. Back it comes to Mellor who puts the kick in, simply licking
her touch and he has found it. Warrington will stop midway inside
their own half. Smart play from Mellor. As we've explained, it gives
both packs the chance to go and talk about their defence. It's a tactic
as well. We know that Warrington are exceptionally good at bringing the
ball back. If you roll the ball dead it stops that threat. Warrington.
Tony Smith looking on. I think his side can provide a response quickly
here. Benjamin Jullien... Hughes pushing forward. Gidley picks it up
again and Hill takes it on again. Warrington getting territory once
more inside their opponents' half. Gidley collects... It's Cooper the
wider man he goes to. He's given it away and Cahill picks it up and with
this habit back and Hanbury will try to start the movement forward again
here. Still deep inside their own territory.
I think he slipped! He's OK. Here is Cahill.
Heremaia dodges and dances away from a couple of defenders. Johnstone
tries to put his frame through those three defenders, they hang on. Here
comes tackle six, defining moment in this set. Great high kick from
Mellor. Widnes hands get it and knock it backwards, it's still the
sixth tackle. It's out with Roby on the right-hand side but he can't get
away from those three Warrington defenders and it is at handover.
Terrific kick from Joe Mellor, right into the area where you don't want
it. Tom Lineham travelled to it. Widnes are growing in confidence and
they are starting to enjoy themselves. There's a little insight
into the game. That's good, good from Patton. Jullien is looking for
the outside. They are pre-drugs out of play-by-play penalty. The referee
decides the tackle was completed and then it was a second effort by
Hanbury that put him out of place. We saw a perfect example, Russell
finds the ball... The past to Jullien, that was a try saving
tackle from Hanbury but they adjudicate it's a penalty.
Burke was there to complete the job. Here is Declan Patton trying to get
through. But they hang on. Gidley with a dummy! Going but not quite
going the distance. Pushed back. Atkins! Ryan Atkins finds the way
over, it's a hands on hips moment for Widnes. They know they've let
themselves down. Atkins with Warrington's response. Great
footwork from Atkins. Gidley picks him out and it is literally just off
his left foot. A couple of times they could have gone there,
Warrington, and when they did the glass break because of the pressure.
Jullien gets on the outside of the past and Hanbury can't do that.
Gives Warrington the field position. Gidley nearly gets himself over.
Runs into Danny half. The Widnes defender can't regain his feet and
make the defensive player on the line. They'll be disappointed their
Widnes because they defended so well on their own try line for large
periods of this first 20 minutes. That was probably the easiest one to
defend. Unfortunately Joe Mellor didn't quite reactor that. He was
smart, Atkins. He saw that Joe Mellor stumbled. He was smart enough
to pick that ball out. Stefan Ratchford...
Missed a lot of the early season because of injury, Stefan Ratchford.
And he was missed by Warrington. They had that awful start. But he's
back, Warrington are back. A try scoring moment for England last week
in Sydney against Samoa. The flag confirms its 6-6. It's really
important for Widnes right now. Warrington looking to speed up the
game. Widnes need to take the momentum the game and make sure that
Warrington played a game at their speed. He made the mistake of
running at the start yesterday, it didn't last long! He's absolutely
spot-on. Yesterday the game was very tight. It was about this period
Castleford broke out and scored try after try. Warrington exceptionally
good at that themselves. Widnes have to be very careful, keep this game
their speed. Seventh try of the season for him. Ashton Sims bringing
it back. Warrington are looking for back-to-back moments of glory here.
Widnes closing them down. Gidley, again. Daryl Clark's missing so
Gidley operating in that number nine role.
And off-loaded away! Watch out youngster, not too many of those,
Brown with the pass, Russell slips. Can't get back to his feet and he
knocks on. Warrington had the numbers. He was going straight for
Russell on the wings. Would have had a walk in. The ball dipped. Couldn't
quite collect the ball. Is a great piece of skill from Ratchford.
Danger signs, they didn't quite control that set.
Patrick van wants to get involved early. Mike Cooper came across and
gave him a taste of his shoulder, I think. It's not often you see a big
man like Ah Van on the ground. Buchanan in a bit of strife as well.
Widnes will roll on for the moment without him. It's a dangerous period
for Widnes Vikings. Warrington are looking strong. They picked up the
pace of this game. Just have to make sure they complete the sets.
Manuokafoa is on the field, we've just seen him. Ratchford should deal
with that kick. Some confidence in that path. -- that path. Westwood
ranging wide in the centre. Those are some of the latest scores. The
quarterfinal draw is coming up as soon as we've finished here. Of the
wings come Roby. When you make that kind of play you've got to come up
with the goods, and he did. This is the last tackle coming up.
Warrington 30 metres out trying to execute the perfect kick, if they
can. An easy take for Patrick Ah Van. Kevin Brown is there. He's
stolen the ball. And then he's being held down for too long I Hanbury who
is shown a yellow card. He's in the sin-bin for the professional foul.
What a play from Brown that was. A massive winger, just stole the ball,
and they've lost a man with Hanbury walking off the field. Big ten
minutes for Widnes Vikings to defend. He's taken the longest route
off to give his team-mates a bit of a breather. Still going, still on
the field. Eventually steps of. Ashton Sims with the first big
bulldozing effort to test the resolve of those witnessed
offenders. Test passed. Brown, the man who created this open
up, looking to. Sims has another go and this time is unstoppable,
rolling over, touching down, this referee is not entirely sure. He's
going to the video so let's hear from our video referee. OK, we've
got a try, I need to check the grounding. So, just looking at the
grounding. And on this, I can't see the ball, I
can now. He's still in control of the ball. And at that point it looks
like... It's not got down. Right, I need another view on that, please, I
can't clearly see the ball on the ground from that angle.
So, on this, can I see the ball on the ground? It in his right arm.
This might give me something clearer. There it doesn't get down.
On that angle, the ball is held up. OK, can we have another angle,
please? So at this moment in time... I think it's held up. This can be
slowed down. This shows that the ball is up, it isn't down there, it
can't be down there because his arm is there. He's never got down at
that time. Does we have any more angles? I am overturning the
position because I can't see the ball on the ground, I've got
evidence to suggest the ball is up. I am giving no dry, the ball is out.
Take a bow, Eamon O'Carroll, what a try saving tackle that was.
Fantastic, he got himself in between defenders, he just got himself under
the ball. Made it difficult for him to get it down and he's got the
decision there. Great play from Eamon O'Carroll. He doesn't agree
with the decision. But he was held up over the line so they still have
position and possession here, Warrington.
If this is just delayed inevitable or can Widnes hang on? There is
another set of six tackles being given here. Six more tackles for
Widnes to depend on their line. That was an odd way of getting back to
his feet! Right-hand side, Kevin Brown, it was just a delay of the
inevitable. Kevin Brown against his former team, a little leap in the
air, a punch of the air. And Warrington do have the lead, for the
very first time in the game. How many times has Kevin Brown done that
in his career? He's one of the best in the world at the short goal.
Right into the heart of the defensive line. You cannot take a
dummy off Kevin Brown. We know he's going to accelerate through the
gaps. Here we see Atkins with the off-load, we knew that Widnes were
going to be under all sorts of pressure. Brown gets in at dummy
half, the defender gets out, he squeezes in a terrific try from
Kevin Brown. He's definitely hard to stop from there. He always had the
intention of running and beating him that Widnes defenders in and around
the ruck who moved up to give him the space. I think there was an
extra cheer for Kevin Brown because it was irritate the man macro fans
more, because he -- there was an extra cheerful Kevin
Brown because it would irritate the Widnes fans even more, he was once
one of theirs, and now he is belonging to Warrington. A terrific
kick, two out of two, Warrington now lead. Same rules, they have got to
man down now, they have got to top the ruck speed of this Warrington
team. They are going to try and get this depleted Warrington team, they
are walking back trying to get that time so they can get Hanbury back on
the field so they can look like a whole continent. I think we're going
to see the top line of Martin Russell and Stefan Ratchford running
out now, there will be along minutes for Widnes. They are a man up, they
have got to man down, that is a good line. I would like to say it is
pre-scripted but it just came to me! Surely that was a knock-on. Well,
they got away with one there, Warrington.
Was there a touch on that? So many questions.
Lineham has some power about him, but they've got him and dealt with
him. Warrington looking dangerous, looming large on that Widnes line
once more. A late decision, a poor pass, some dreadful handling and
Widnes get away with it. That's another slow scrum for Widnes,
hammering back on the field. Just a bit of miscommunication between
Patton and Gidley, Gidley so used to playing in the halves. And
Warrington so used to having Darren Clarke there, probably a little bit
of miscommunication. Certainly we knew about the Warrington side, they
very much like the physical side of the game, they will back up
defensively. But they have to the good with the ball. Warrington
looking to pin them down here for as long as they can as well. Widnes
backs against the wall, against their own try line.
They've got a bit of give, penalty, they will be relieved at that. A big
penalty for Widnes. They were under real pressure there. Warrington
opting the tempo physically. You can see Joe Mellor trying to relieve the
pressure for his team, get them up field and get some position in this
game. James Chapelhow the man here, his twin brother Ted is also in the
squad. They call him B one and B two, the two twins. They both played
tennis for Cheshire as well, one of the most unlikely facts. Two big
lumbering rugby players have represented Cheshire at tennis.
Buchanan, what a chance that was! Well, he looked one wet, past the
other. Through the gap. They will have to have a look at that. It was
close. He's not smiling. I'm not sure, I
think that's OK, I think that's a flat ball. I think that's unlucky.
Lovely stuff, lovely stuff. Great, nice soft hands. Territory still to
be debited by Warrington, what about this? Great tackle from Ah Van, the
two number fives in a real big combat, Russell looked to have got
the edge, and Ah Van said, you have not. He was making a mistake and
missed him in the first place, he thought, oh, my God, I better get
back here and do something. He got a brilliant result of the struggling
back and getting the play. He has run twice as hard to get to the
sideline and get the results. Mr Brooke, I think it is on this
side. Dominic Crosby on the field. He was
playing a while last week and was really, really good. So Warrington
will be hoping that he can reproduce that form again here.
Still with only 12 men against Warrington's 13, Widnes. Another
four minutes or so for Hanbury in the sin-bin.
One play to go in the set and it's a penalty, it penalty. Dell go again,
they got another six here. They looked dangerous with the ball in
hand, even without face macro, they look as though they're -- even
without Hanbury, they look as though they are causing problems for
Warrington. So, the tap, the Warrington players are being ordered
backwards, the Inc reached by an extra foot or so. Here comes the
first attacking moment. Oh Carol, try saver at one and, very
nearly a try saver at the moment. It's getting a bit predictable.
Maybe a play that isn't a runner from dummy half here.
That was a great recovery from Lineham to feel that ball, go down
his haunches and clean it up, because it was a smart kit from
Mellor. Did exceptionally well, Mellor, there was some real kick
pressure on him. He weaved his way through two defenders. Brilliant
from Tom Lineham. A bit of blood there you might be able to see. It's
on Eamon O'Carroll. Former Wigan man, Eamon O'Carroll, six years at
that club. About to be back to a full condiment of 13 players.
Hanbury ready for the return. Got to go off, you've got to go,
mate, you already been treated once. He has to go off, he's already been
treated, just take off, please. So, they're spilling blood for their
side, but they need to get cleaned up, shirts change, to come back on
again. Are you bringing somebody on? They've got 11 players on the field.
They've got to organise this a bit better, put somebody on change your
shirt and get back out there, surely. Still 11 players on the
field for Widnes. Manuokafoa is coming on, he's got a different
headband on. They are after 12. And Hanbury is back on so they are back
to a full 13 now. Cooper, that's not the kind of player you want on the
sixth tackle, wedded he come from, why did you pass to him? And it's a
very cheap handover. They are a bit rattled here, Warrington, not as
fast flowing and fluid as we expected them to be. Widnes have got
Willie under the skin of this Warrington side. Two they have
really got under the skin. It's back to one, because Atkins
played at that, and he says play on. It is play on. Well, there is a bit
of luck from Atkins. Super play, you make your own luck. Ryan Atkins kept
pressure on him, went again, managed to return the ball for his own side.
That was the initial kick pressure, aggressive, gets the ball back,
super play from Ryan Atkins. So Warrington advancing towards the
halfway line. Mike Cooper scored his first try on
his return to Warrington last year. He had spent a couple of years down
under. Standing up to the intensity of the
battle, these young fellas here so far. You can see the difference, but
a physical challenge, Warrington are going to the tackle, they are
winning most of their collisions. They have got to find a way of
winning the ruck to progress down field.
Warrington have got youngsters as well, young Morgan Smith there.
It's a big set here from Widnes, because last week they were in a
dominant position and conceded very close to that first half ending, and
that sets the second half so they have got to be careful here.
On tackle six, Warrington are close. There was a blow of the whistle
there. Well, I thought he was looking at an advantage, it sounded
as though he had blown his whistle but obviously not. People are
looking quizzically at him. But it's just the handover. A big defensive
play from Widnes. Ratchford had to scramble and bring him down short,
and this will allow them to go into half-time still in the game. The
referee blows his whistle, for half-time, but what a fine cup tie
that is in the first half. 12 points to six, and Widnes have brought
plenty to the party here so far. They are playing their part. Very,
very tight. Let's find out who Damien Johnson is
talking to. Is there a feeling of disappointment, you've not taken
more of your chances? No, I think the finishing of our set has been
the issue. We haven't built as much pressure as we could at the end of
the set. We had not the best kicks so we are going to prove that. It
should you have taken more of their advantage when they were down to 12?
Yes and no, there was an opportunity but they defended well. We expected
them to come here and put in a big effort. It is Challenge Cup, a
knockout game, we expect a tough second half. Thanks, Hep Cahill is
with me, that Widnes forward, to terrific first half from young side.
Yeah, the young guys put their hand up there with a big job for them to
come in, they made it tough for us. Another big half the fight, we have
got to back it up. What is the key to wake the game open in the
tut-tutting that effort in again, last week we fell away and we are
going to play well here. That was a heck of a first half. It
was really great, Warrington had better possession and territory, all
of the statistics say that Warrington are favourite but they
are only just ahead on the scoreboard. Widnes have been
dog-eared in how they played, they started the game very well. -- they
have been dogged in how they played. Widnes have been clinging onto
Warrington. How impressive have Widnes been for you? They have taken
the game to Warrington, they have had control of the game, a couple of
penalties lost them amends. They've had a really start. And it is
pointing at the crowd. They will be be pleased to only be six points
behind. With one yellow card. And Warrington are leading on the
scoreboard, but should be leading by more? Yes, they have made 181 errors
this year, and I think their opening exchanges, but really reflected
that. Mr chances. When you look at -- they missed chances. When you
look at Warrington, they are trying to create some space that they came
up with errors. That invited Widnes into the game. As we saw yesterday
with some balance and Castleford, and St Helens, we have to be
clinical. It was strange, some forward passes were inexplicable.
They had a little bit of lack of depth as well. There were not enough
depth of there. When you play a few overlaps, you have to work up your
depth to take apart and they didn't do it. It has been Warrington's
season, almost encapsulated there, it has been some great stuff that so
many errors. Yes, once they controlled the ball and got the
right part of the field, they were very dangerous. Kevin Brown,
Ratchford, grew in confidence, and as the game sped up, they looked
more of a threat. That is going to be key for both sides, the speed of
that run. We saw Widnes at the start, the opening exchanges,
utilising the ruck speedster getting going. It got them the first try.
Yes, it was an important part of the game, for Widnes and in parts are
crucial part of the game. The dummy half, you have got Hanbury and hear
my, running out at Danny half -- Heremaia, running out at dummy half.
That create speed for Widnes and challenges this Warrington team to
be accountable. It puts the defence under pressure. This try here, it
ricocheted around, and then Widnes move the ball and we see everything
that's good about Widnes here. Hanbury trying to isolate some
space, Chris Hill a little bit too aggressive, Hanbury will find space.
He pokes his nose through, you think is going to score and he doesn't.
But Heremaia spots it, calls people onto the ball and Burke is there to
score the try. That came from the ruck speed. Is that one of the keys
to beating Warrington, be in their face? Yes, they worked hard, they
had a lot of dummy runs, Heremaia is doing it. It is a lovely flat ball
which is difficult to defend. It is effective, stick to it. Not many
errors coming from it, so they are going to have to do more of that.
Denis will be upset with the first try they gave away. Yes, they were
under pressure. Watch this, they were short on numbers on the
left-hand side. Mellor goes in, he realises that the winger is on his
own. He shoots on out, but they get the numbers wrong. He shoot out to
the line and it is a lovely run by Adkins, he spots that Mellor's all
watching and doesn't spot him, and easy finish. A good line from
Atkins, he's difficult to spot near the line. If you are thinking about
other things than tackling Ryan Atkins, he scores. Widnes's problem
defensively is whenever Warrington have gone down to write the line for
Widnes, they haven't dealt with that. What do you think Tony Smith
will be saying, do you think you will be happy with that first half?
He will be happy with the way they have created opportunities, he will
be disappointed with the unforced errors, before it -- the forward
passes were inexplicable. They have got to have more composure and foot
Widnes away when they have opportunity. We see Kevin Brown in
the white boots, we talked about him before the game, he did not play
against Widnes earlier in the season, he has risen to this. Yes,
he chased a kick from Declan Patton, ripped a ball from Patrick Ah Van
which is not easy to do. This is where Warrington on dangerous. He
plays the ball so quickly, Widnes cannot get off their line as they
would like to. Kevin is a big man for half-backs and he falls over the
line. A great piece of play, a couple of pieces, once stealing the
ball from Patrick Ah Van and secondly to bring them forward
ball from Patrick Ah Van and secondly to bring them to the line.
It is great from Gidley as well, creating the space for Kevin Brown.
I thought there would be a few more points with the yellow card, because
the pressure was on. Widnes did well to hold up. What did you make of the
yellow card, fair? It was professional foul, as we have talked
about and what has been prevalent in this game, anyone playing the ball
quickly near your line is a threat. Rhys Hanbury makes the decision to
hold him down. I thought it was a harsh thing to sit within him in
that situation. It was not a try scoring opportunity but it was a
cynical professional foul. I was disappointed to see him go off
because he was having a real influence on the game for Widnes. He
defended well, he will be disappointed in that, and Kevin
Brown has ripped the ball off him. Widnes really did show, they only
gave up one try in that, they are defending their lives. The only
question is how much this effort is ticking out of them. What interested
me is that Widnes absorbed a lot of pressure and hit back. Manuokafoa is
pretty much though here to score a try. Some little efforts that were
telling, he puts Matty Russell in touch there, that is a desperation
to defend. When you've got players in your side doing that, a great
side, and his team-mate appreciate the effort. I think the forward
doing exceptionally well for Widnes, they are lovely for the off-load,
and that nearly went over. If he was in a gap, I feel though that they
are just hanging on at the moment. Because of the opportunities
Warrington have created. That's what cup games are all about. If they are
in this game, it's panic stations for Warrington. And the key for me
is the speed of the ruck. When Widnes are in control, they look
like they are in the ascendancy, and when Warrington are in control of
it, they have scored. Whoever controls that ruck will come out on
top. At the end of this game, we will have the draw for the
quarterfinals. Hopefully that will be on BBC Two, if not, on the
website. These are the latest scores in the other games. There was a late
kick-off against Leeds. It's looking like we will not have any major
upset at this stage. We will go on to the red button and onto the BBC
sport website at fourth time of this match, at 5pm. -- full-time. But you
could stay on BBC Two to watch highlights of the diamond league,
and then match of the day two tonight, tonight. And a special
match of the day tomorrow night which will be the homecoming for the
Premier League champions, Chelsea, as they take on Watford.
Let's go down to Damien. Denis Betts joins us, your players gave us a
terrific 40 minutes, what did you say to them? More of the same, I
just want them to compete. We are broken up, there are players out
there who shouldn't be out there. I want them to compete. We seen it in
the first half, we just have to care enough to go hard again. A learning
curve for the youngsters, isn't it? It is hostile out there, but they
are holding their own and we will be a case for another 40 minutes.
Denis Betts wanting his side to show how much they want it. Let's go back
to our commentary team. It's still in the balance at 12
points to six. The game might break open in the second half and little
more, but Widnes still in there and battling hard, and if they can
produce more, we might have, is upset to strong word? But they were
second favourites coming in. It would be an upset with the amount of
players they have missing. What is key to the success of the second
half is the completion rate. The ruck rate is important, but they
have got to complete the sets to give them charts. -- give them a
chance. I think that's a good tactic. You can make selective input
like Kay Hill made, as the kit -- I think it will help Widnes. If
they score next, it will give them a lift to go with the game. But if
Warrington score next, just might take the pressure off them and allow
them to express themselves a bit better.
Johnstone and the kick from Hanbury back in amongst his team-mates,
after that spell in the sin-bin, is a very decent kick. Warrington will
get it back but only ten metres from their own line. Reflecting on that
draw. Some heavyweight names already in Salford. Castleford, Hull,
Wakefield, they'll be licking their lips at the prospect of who they
might be facing. Leeds and Wigan at the moment leading against Barrow
and Swinton. There will be some tasty ties to come out of that bowl
a little later. Will it be Warrington or Widnes who will be in
there with them? Warrington having to start from deep. Jullien, the
Frenchman. He played in Brisbane for the feeder club at the Broncos as
well. Decent defence from Widnes at the moment. Warrington trying to get
themselves downfield. What news from the dressing room at half-time? Tony
Smith wants them to stop the Widnes off-loads, play more direct, and he
wants better last play options. We saw them spill ball and he said if
they can rule that help they can win the game. Atkins with the kick, this
is the sixth tackle. Dangerously close to his own goal-line. The
Australian hangs onto his position. I'm sure Tony Smith will be
delighted with that last play. Ah Van again, battering ram down the
middle. He's looking strong. Buchanan... He's had a good game,
Buchanan. Heremaia looking to his left, Johnstone trying to duck under
the tackles, Conte. Here's the play a game. Ratchford has to change
direction a little to field the ball safely off the bounce. Look where
he's going, almost doctor the 40 metre mark. There's a good return
and Warrington looking to get some foot momentum. But they are matching
him and pulling him down. Cooper this time, strong and direct. Which
way do they go? Towards his left hand side. Patton runs into a pocket
of defenders, bounces out but goes to ground. This is Hill. Ball
wrapped up in his arms so he can't get it away. Last play. Ratchford
running it, trying to, but showing the ball to his team-mates as if to
say, where were you? It's the play before, Patton really struggle to
make the space up. Ratchford saw it in the next play, unfortunately the
rest of the team-mates didn't stop me Warrington need to flatten up a
little bit. They are obviously missing Daryl Clark. Everyone plays
naturally flat with him. He's not there today. Wrestled down. There is
Daryl Clark, not happy with the fact his team have just given a penalty
away. The first one he was trying to buy a penalty there. It's that
fight, you fight on the floor, you get lucky. Seven time Challenge Cup
winner Denis Betts. What a career he had. At Wigan, then Auckland for a
couple of years, then back at Wigan. Here's the platform for Widnes. Ten
out. Johnson with the pass, that is good but Liam Walsh pulls down, just
short. Heremaia goes quickly again. Chapelhow! He has got there, Jay
Chapelhow, over to score. What a start to the second half that is for
Widnes! Hang on... A double check for obstruction. We are looking for
obstruction. He's now getting out of the way,
he's not obstructed anybody in my opinion there. He's not interfering
with play. I just need to make sure he's grounded the ball. I'm happy
about Hanbury not obstructing anybody so let's just check the
grounding. He retreats, that's fine, let's make sure the ball is grounded
cleanly. That is going to be a try. A try scorer, J Chapelhow. Great
grip on the ball. Find between two Warrington defenders and plonks it
over the line. Widnes clearly back in this game. Only his second ever
try. They look very dangerous, they haven't had it consistently in this
game. Heremaia picks the perfect pass as we saw in the first half.
Picks it again in the second. Great finish. If they can get possession
in that area they now believe they can score points. Denis Betts and
his assistant Mick Cassidy, happy days. They aren't going away here.
They are clinging on this game. Patrick Ah Van with a kick that put
them level. Is it accurate? Yes it is. It is all
square at 12-12. This game has just become hugely psychological. Widnes
have got nothing to lose and Warrington have got all the pressure
because they came in as the favourites. A psychological
thriller. Scoreboard pressure. Plays on the minds of all the players.
Widnes score first, we've got a game on. 12-12. Shirts are off. Cup tied
to be sorted here. Plenty of the second half to go. Here come Widnes.
Fuelled by confidence. Chapelhow the try scorer. Kept it alive, a little
bit of endeavour and enterprise. There's a little bit more. Here
comes Hanbury, look at him weave and dodge. They are not taking the
tackles, they want to get in their half. Great play from Widnes.
Off-load football, selective enabling them to march the
Warrington team down the field. Great tactics. Manuokafoa, deep
inside enemy territory. Mellor knocked down by Lineham so it'll be
another set here for Widnes, all things being equal.
Swooped around the back to create an opportunity. He had to throw his arm
out there to stop it. We know Widnes can score when they get in these
areas, another opportunity for them here. Oh Carol needs a bit of dental
work before he can come back on because of the bleeding. Gil Dudson
the Welsh international coming on. The fourth interchange for Widnes of
the day. Heremaia praise it left. They came out quickly there, the
Warrington line. 30 yards away, 12-12 the scoreline. Widnes looking
good at the moment. Buchanan. Somebody has just whispered, golden
point in my ear. It is a potential of course. Here is Manuokafoa.
Heremaia, Cahill. Johnstone helps it on... He manages to get that ball
away to Dudson but he has to go down with ball in hand. Last play of the
set and it's a messy one with a Warrington player lying all over it.
It's a penalty on the very last tackle Widnes get a penalty. It's
handy for Widnes but I thought that was a try scoring opportunity. I
thought they left the player on the ground, they adjudicated that J
Chapelhow has been impeded by the Warrington defender. I think
Heremaia wanted that penalty. He knew exactly what he wanted out of
that. This gives Widnes the opportunity to take the lead now.
This becomes psychological. Warrington were the firm favourites
before the game. It's amazing what pressure can do before the game.
There's an expectation they are going to go on and win. 30 minutes
to go, they are a long way from winning. You simply have to get out
of the way if you're in that position. No sympathy. Might not
have wanted to be there. Patrick Ah Van to give his side the lead. For
the first time since the 21st minute. He boots it hard and through
and 14-12, Widnes fans are having fun here today. So is the Widnes
coach. They came as underdogs, they are winning with 30 minutes left to
play. Can they keep the story going here? They are playing exceptionally
well with the ball in hand but their completion rate is over 70% now.
Warrington a bit under 60, 64-65%. On that basis they can keep this
going. Ratchford puts it high. Buchanan brings it back. Barrow are
trailing in the cup tie. Wigan winning against Swinton. He's lost
it! Just when they were looking dangerous again. Brilliant off-load
from Manuokafoa. He releases Hanbury. Not sure the second one is
as good. He dropped the ball before he gets the opportunity to drop it.
That's a moment that given plenty of encouragement to the Warrington
fans. Not only has that potential attack broken down but it's given
Warrington possession here. Again, should be, 90 members and of the
time they will get it back. In a very good position. Here they go,
Kevin Brown. Run in. Morgan Smith waits at dummy half. Again, the play
of the ball is slow. Here's George King. We weren't expecting to see
him today but for the late injury to Harvey Livett. Here he is pushing
the a little closer. Smith steps away. Patton with the pass. He's
just about kept hold of it, Jullien. Brown's through the gap! Brown
scores his second try of the afternoon. Chance given, chance
taken. Warrington back in the lead. It was the off-load from Widnes.
Hanbury couldn't hold onto the ball, giving Warrington the possession.
Able to launch another attack. If that man again, Kevin Brown. We
saw... Hanbury exonerated through, just couldn't hold onto it. Two or
three players later, here he is, that man Brown. He just exhilarated
through. Ball into hands, confusing the defence, great try from Kevin
Brown. Brilliant against Brisbane, super against Samoa, and here he is
breaking Widnes hearts. Ratchford's two out of two so far. Challenge Cup
finalist back in 2012 with Warrington. Would love to get back
to Wembley. Here goes the kick. Flags are up, confirmation, 18-14.
And the pendulum swings back Warrington's way. It's hard to be
critical of Hanbury. Here we see Brown, he's in the running
opportunity on the off-load. Picks the gap between Mellor and the
outside defender and just too quick is Kevin Brown. Smart play. It's
hard to be critical of Rhys Hanbury, the way they've progress themselves
in this game with their off-load philosophy has got them to the
points they have. I think they've come with a strategy and part of the
strategy is off-loading. It's all about risk and reward. Warrington
looking to build on that lead taken. Crosby running it in hard. There are
some young eager defenders there. King on the halfway line. Two
tackles and set to go. Sims crushes forward, takes on Buchanan and
Dudson. Now Smith goes left again... Patton just gets the kick before he
is crushed by Cahill. It's a good take by young Roby, the 18-year-old
has performed pretty decently today. Yes, that's the energy you want from
your players. Makes it exceptionally difficult to put a quality kick in.
We see Dudson putting pressure on him. Patrick Ah Van down the middle.
Their two of them on the pitch? We've seen plenty of him in the
middle and on the edges. There's the off-load. Picked up smartly. A
scampering run forward again. The kick is high, Ratchford has got to
cover some distance to get there. Having got there there is a threat.
Got a 17-year-old on the field as well, Danny Walker who wears the 45.
Those who followed Luke Robinson's career closely, just have a look at
Danny Walker. He is the spitting image of Luke Robinson. Lost, lost,
but stolen. Penalty. Widnes have controlled the ruck exceptionally
well for large periods. You just feel they've been given a bit looser
in the tackle. Warrington allowed to play is a bit quicker. Now create
opportunities from this team. Ashton Sims battling forward, getting an
off-load, picked up by Morgan Smith. Here he goes with a run. Declan
Patton skip some tops and tries to take them on, runs through almost
the attempts of Burke. The recovery from the Widnes defence is just
about in time but Warrington still have it. Not any more they don't.
That's a great tackle. They were going for the same plate Brown, the
little turn up play, jumping to a defender and flicked the ball back
for Brown for a run or a pass play. He flew out the line and him,
basically. It was a good bashing as well, good tackle from the young
fellow. It's the young hooker Danny Walker. Yes. I'm sure King's ribs
will be sought tomorrow. As soon as he took it he went right underneath
his ribs. 17 years old dishing out tackles like that. His Patrick Ah
Van. Mellor, in danger of having it
stolen. Did he get a touch on that? No, he
did. It's good tactics, isn't it? Don't allow Ratchford, Russell,
Lineham, any opportunity to bring the ball back. Find the sideline.
He's looking there. My apologies, Jordan Johnstone is
the Luke Robinson lookalike. Ratchford is 15 yards from his own
line here. Warrington needing to roll up their sleeves. They have the
lead back, but it's far from secure. Russell zooming in, put down,
Ratchford picks up, off he goes. Gets the off-load, giddily spins it
left. Now they've got options. Jullien goes back into the little
hole... Widnes recover, for the moment. But Warrington are coming
again with giddily. There's a moment of fortune...
There's only one tackle to go in the set. Penalty for Warrington. An
opportunity here, massive opportunity. Kurt Gidley just been
reintroduced at hooker, he's got lots of vision. You will be making
opportunities around the ruck and Widnes need to be very care. -- very
careful. I think I probably agree with that. That'll give him a bit of
confidence and pressure building up an Warrington just releases that
pressure a bit and allows them to play.
Stefan Ratchford looking to settle Warrington's nerves a little more
here. With a kick that goes over the stand, never mind the sticks. Four
out of four. 20-14. Leads still healthily in the lead
against Barrow. Got a trip to Toronto next week have Barrow.
Swinton beat Huddersfield in the last round and are now trading at
home to Wigan. A reminder that draw coming up after we finish watching
this game. Rugby league forum as well on BBC Sport, online. He is
King for Warrington. Atkins ran it in with no concern for
personal help on that occasion, just run in hard! Crosby, can't get the
arms free. Tackle five. One play to go in this set. Patton measures it
towards the corner. Just making hand very concerned. He has to get out,
he has got out of there. Measured response and measured finish that
Tony Smith was asking for at half-time. That's how you build
pressure on teams. Hanbury did exceptionally well. He's still made
another five yards with those on his shoulders, wearing them like a
necklace! Quick, play the ball. Very quick... A chance for the youngster
Danny Walker! Walker has got support, Patrick Ah Van, great
tackle from Lineham but Ah Van is over, touchdown. The referee wants
another look. We all want another look! Great build-up there, the
speed of the play that started it all off but how has it finished?
Let's find out for certain from the video referee. We are looking at the
grounding... He's fine, still up, still up, and that's down. Can I see
that at full speed, please? Full speed. OK. Full speed. He doesn't
lose the ball. That's a try. Patrick Ah Van's try with a kick to come and
need the sticks has made this a bill that again. Cup tied back in the
balance. Take a bow in Danny Walker, absolutely. He's been like a pocket
rocket in this game. Just exhilarated through. What composure
from the young man. Patrick Ah Van, Ratchford trying to buy time,
executed to perfection. Great finish from Ah Van. I can't think of any
similarity to Usain Bolt other than the speed. He flew out of the traps!
He kept going, he had his shirt dragged, he had everything
happening. Ah Van got to him in the end and found the right path. He's
changed the game, hasn't he? He's a dangerous throughout. He's going to
have identity issues at the end of the game, you said he looks like
Usain Bolt. It is all square, 20-20. Now not just whisper it, say at a
little louder. Golden points might be the way to separate these two
sides. Keeps his legs pumping, off he goes. Composed at the end with
the past. It changes the ball over in his hand. Go on, Dennis! 15
minutes to play. There's a nervous energy that is buzzing around the
Halliwell Jones Stadium at the moment. Warrington fans would have
come here today with high expectations and a level of
confidence tipping on the side of, we are going to win this. Just at
the moment, nobody knows who is going to win best. Widnes are
fighting and fighting hard. Stolen. Penalty. Anxiety levels raise a
little for Warrington. Hang on... Chris Hill against eight of them. So
his mates turn up. Jack Hughes wants to get involved. REFEREE: Walk away,
please. Walk away, please. With 15 minutes to go, we do know that
Widnes have got a lot of youngsters out there who are going to be high
on adrenaline and energy. It's very important for Rhys Hanbury and John
Mellor, the experienced playmakers, to really get to grips with the team
and say, we are in this team, we've got to complete and play the game at
the right end of the field. A cheeky little nudge... The 17-year-old
isn't going to take that. Well done, fella. He's got a bit of attitude
about him, hasn't he? The veteran England prop forward cheeks the
17-year-old and the 17-year-old ain't taking it.
I don't care who you are. A big call here for the referee, yellow card or
just leave it? Hill and men are being called together. -- Hill and
Mellor. The penalty has gone against you, you got to release the ball. He
came at me! Both sides, maintain your composure. Chris, that's it. I
don't want to have James Chapelhow here as well. No problem, sir.
That's great. Look at that. Chapelhow gets involved. I dig it
was more shock for Hill that he stayed up for him. Chapelhow was
only 21 but his little mate was in peril so he got involved. I think we
might be seeing more of him down the years, Danny Walker. We might see
more of him in this game, the way he's going. There's some anxious
faces on the cut line now because it is too tight the call. 14 minutes to
go. Young Danny Walker is in there
again, a big gap suddenly opened up. A great read by Atkins. Great
tackle, Atkins absolutely needed. Walkers in there, make the tackle,
great kick, great follow-up, the 17-year-old is having the day of his
life on the Challenge Cup stage. He's having the last five minutes of
life, anyway? ! We do talk about Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury being
experienced, it was Walker there. He took the ball at the line, squeezed
it perfectly executed kick in behind the goal, and another set of six
here. Don't be surprised if they tee up for our drop goal at some stage.
Dropped goal is a slap her, no room for flapping in this game. -- a
dropped goal is a flapper. Walker only made his debut against Leigh at
the 1st of April. Widnes have knocked on and Warrington have a
moment to celebrate. They need to dig deep again, get their resolve
back with a possession that they will get here. Tactically, it's been
right for Widnes, and it's right here at again. Juggled on the floor
but it's caused problems. You have got to take the risk reward thing
that Widnes have done today. How could that change around? 62%
possession. Eamon O'Carroll is going off because the referee has said he
needs to get the bleeding sorted out. I think it's the third time in
the game. Get back on the field! Card, boss, referee said I've got to
come. Where is this cup tie going, 12 and
a half minutes to go? Writes to the very end, that's where it's going.
-- right to the very end. Warrington have gone back to the
well. And they are coming up trumps at the moment.
That close with so many around him. But he's got a penalty. Do you put
that down too clever play by Ratchford, spotting the players? I
think it was more the power of Ryan Atkins, got the quick play of the
ball and they couldn't get back onside.
Still 11 and a half minutes to go so plenty of time in the game for three
or four more tries. Kevin O'Brien looking for a hat-trick, and he's
got it! Oh, it's not! The referee said play on and he's going back to
it. If you put it down, Kevin Brown will have scored a hat-trick right
in front of the Widnes fans. But has he put it down? The video referee?
OK, right, we've got grounded with no try on field. So it's if the ball
comes away from Brown's hand. You can't see anything from this angle.
Can we joke that back? Another angle might be better. The ball is in
Brown's hand. No separation at present. Still no separation. The
hand is on the ball with the fingers, and it keeps going down.
His fingers never come off the ball. Can we have another view on that
one? If you have one? At this point I'm giving a try because the fingers
do not come off the ball. That doesn't show me anything. Can we go
back to the angle I had before, please? And slow again. Slowed down,
the hand is on the ball, the top of the ball. OK. The fingers are still
in contact. Go back to the other one? And slow it down again. The
hand is still on the ball. The fingers must stay on the ball. Slow
this down, they're still on the, still on, still on, that is a try.
The forensic investigation comes through for the attack. Kevin Brown
with a hat-trick. And Widnes will think, it has to be him, didn't him?
It had to be him who might just have broken the hearts of his former
club. A third try in the afternoon it is Warrington back into the lead
and a crucial time in the game. The win Challenge Cups, you've got to
have players in your team that when you know are playing well, we'll
come on and produce that. Kevin Brown have done that on three
occasions in this game. Absolutely superb play from the player. He's
been the difference between the two teams. That's why it Warrington are
going to go four all six points up with less than ten minutess today.
He has pulled it wide but it is still 24-20. He limped out of the
2009 final while Huddersfield play against Warrington, but is he
providing a pathway here with these three tries? And his side can take a
giant step towards another Wembley final this year. He's had to do a
lot of work for all three tries. Shows great strength of the last
one. And agility. He spotted the gap, first and for most, and gives
his team the lead again. He had a hand in every one of England's
second-half tries against Samoa last week, a hand or foot, anyway. And
today he's scored three tries for his club side in this Challenge Cup
tie. There's still nine and a half minutes to go. But when decisions go
against you like that, Widnes might be thinking, it's not doing to be
our day today. That's the guile of Diddley, a dummy half, bringing his
experience back to the team. -- that is the guile of Kurt Gidley.
Absolutely no value in a dropped goal here for Warrington, they are
going to take the set to the conclusion. Her before a try.
Patrick R van picks it up and he is over. The referee has blown the
whistle for a knock-on and he's hurt himself as well. What a double blow
that is. Warrington get their head and feedback. What an agonising
moment that is for Patrick Ah Van. Fleeting glimpse of glory and then
sheer pain and agony. It's an issue with his knee, his
knee has just buckled. Oh! Just gone, the pain, the anguish.
There's a lot of weight on those knees, a lot of muscle.
With the way it's looking at the moment, it you to suggest this is
not only his game, it might be the next few weeks he's sitting out. We
all I hope he's OK, but looking at Denis Betts, irrespective of the
result of this game, he's going to be exceptionally proud of his
players, they're still in this game with nine minutes to go. A bit of
Widnes fashion with them there, making a spectacle of themselves.
Really? That was awful! The initial burst of paintings to
have gone. -- burst of pain. He might have heard the referee's
whistle as well, double exposure of pain, the knee hurts more than the
fact that he was denied an 80 yard gallop downfield.
In the scheme of things, it's just what Widnes don't want. They're
having a cracking game here today, eight minutes to go, they want all
their players healthy. If you look at next week and their week after,
they got 11 or 12 people on their roster not playing.
So, off he goes. We have the duty to come up with the man of the match,
we will come up with something shortly.
Another try will probably finish it here. For all Widnes's cuts,
determination and bravery, and no shortage of class here at times.
Being two scores behind would be too much with time ticking away,
although they are determined not to go behind. Another knock-on, there.
It is just desperation defence from Widnes, they have thrown bodies in
all afternoon, made it difficult for Warrington to get any momentum.
Again here we see players throwing their arms and bodies in. Whatever
it takes to stop the team getting over the try line. Still seven and a
half minutes to play. Still the potential for a twist. The way the
plot is stacked at the moment, it looks more likely that Warrington
will get another try. But if witnessed survive this set, who
knows? -- get Widnes survive this set, who knows? Russell! App
absolute determination but not absolutely certain that he's scored.
He thinks he has. But we have a look again, so again, we'll hear from the
video referee. OK, we're going to have a try on for you, we're looking
to make sure it stays on the field of play and ground the ball. So we
can have a look to make sure. But his feet are in the field of play,
slowdown would be better. Drop that backs, take it back slightly. OK, I
happy that that is a try. This is the matchwinner. This is the
moment that will be greeted with relief by the Warrington fans.
Because they know now, as Matty Russell scores the try that takes
him to 100 points in his Warrington career, it's also a try that takes
his side into the draw for the quarterfinals of the Challenge Cup.
Yes, he's an absolute genius at scoring in tight positions, Matty
Russell. We'll see, the error coming from Widnes to give them the
opportunity. Kevin Brown again teasing the defence, lovely off-load
from Jack Hughes and there is no better winger in the com edition
that finishes in tight spaces. Terrific finish, great from Hughes
and from Russell. Side steps on the inside, super play from Matty
Russell. Fifth of this campaign. 25th in all since he signed for
Warrington three years ago now. He had a spell in Australia with the
Gold Coast Titans. A Scottish international, who was born in
Scotland! Stefan Ratchford, and in which international who was born in
Wigan. It's drifted wide. -- he was an English international. Widnes
have to score twice. High and hanging. They have got it
back. Manuokafoa wants it for Widnes.
It's gone to ground, Ben Westwood, lumbers forward, safely collect it.
That was a last chance for Widnes. You would feel so.
Dummy half will tell around. The big players have showed up today,
Russell, Ratchford has been great as well.
One of play to go. And look at that big gap, look at that huge gap.
Chris Hill will not score and easier try. There was a moment of disbelief
there. The referee must have blown the whistle. I don't even think that
Hill can believe it was over until he touched it down, and the try was
given. And Widnes know it's game over now. I think it was the
disguise, and Kurt Gidley has been terrific in his second stint when he
came on. You will see the error from the Widnes Vikings, their last
chance to get back into it. And then Kurt Gidley just teased the markers
and that is the easiest try that Chris Hill will ever score in his
career. The big grin on his face, a big week for him, he was on England
duty as well last week. The second of the season.
34 points to 20. Warrington have won it. Still time to go but Warrington
have won it. Stoke Mandeville the match, who have you decided on? --
so, man of the match? To score a hat-trick is a fantastic feat and
Kevin Brown has been the difference between these two teams. If you look
at the scoreboard, his three tries and his incision at the right time
and his decision-making has been first class. He disagrees but we did
discuss it. We did. It's about moment of magic. If you put three
moments like that on the board, you put your team in a winning position.
So man of the match, Kevin Brown. Don't forget, the draw coming up as
soon as we finished here. It will be online, the draw, BBC
online. So get your laptop ready, your tablet, your phone. Your smart
TV, whatever it is. BBC online for the draw. We'll be streaming it. 90
seconds to go. Job done. They've just announced the man of
the match, and again, an extra big cheer because of who it is and who
they are playing against, and who he used to play for.
Yeah, I think Manuokafoa has got a responsibility there to hold onto
that ball. Yes, Ashton Sims hands him that. You've got full hotspots
ability to make sure you get control. They probably come up with
a couple of errors to many in the wrong areas of the field would have
given Warrington the territory and the right field position. So they
can take advantage. So, the last couple of plays of this
game. Warrington safely into the draw for the quarterfinals. But what
a battle Widnes have made for them today. Terrific effort from the
players in black-and-white, youngsters thrown in there to patch
up the gaps, left by injured seniors. They have pulled their
weight, they have pushed Warrington right the way to the finish. The
individual brilliance of Kevin Brown, the coolness and calmness of
Kevin Brown, the difference ultimately. But a great cup tie.
Warrington when it 34 points to 20. But Widnes will take wonderful heart
from this, into the rest of their season. They are not going to be
going to Wembley this year. They're still bottom of the Super League
table, but they've all feel they can begin to climb now. On the back of
what has been a wholehearted, wonderfully committed performance.
But it's Warrington who are the winners. It is Kevin Brown who is
the man of the match. And he's now speaking with Damien.
He's just picking up the bubbly, congratulations, they gave you a
real scare. They did, we expected it, they always raise the game
because of the Derby. I've been on the other rent of a few. It was
written that you'd come up with a big performance and get a hat-trick
against your old crew? I'm not sure, it was a funny reception. They gave
you stick all afternoon here. I'm not sure what they were saying but I
don't think they like me any more. Tell me about the third try, you had
no business dotting that one down. No, they were coming from
everywhere, and I just saw the line, I just thought, long arms, get it
down. Did they surprise you? They've been struggling in Super League all
season. They didn't surprise us, Challenge Cup is a different
competition and we expected a tough game. We probably didn't show enough
respect with the ball early on, we coughed up a lot of ball, they are a
good side and they can attack. But we are through and that's all we
wanted. Congratulation, Kevin, Kevin Smith is with us as well -- Tony
Smith is with us. That was a tough old game. It was, I will derby
match. And that's what we expected. All credit to Widnes, they had a
real good go today. It was a bit of nothing to lose attitude and they
just kept throwing stuff at us. Particularly off-loads. I thought
that really hurt us today. I thought our defence really good except for
stopping the off-loads. And they really took advantage of that. But
luckily my boys hung in there and had enough to come home with.
Congratulations, well done, Terry. Kurt Gidley is with us as well. You
are through but they gave us a real scare. But that's what you expect,
that is what people expect from their own team and we're expecting a
tough game. I thought we made it hard for ourselves at certain
points, our last place could have been better, building pressure at
the end of the set could have been better. For some of the guys they've
got out at the moment, they showed plenty of spirit and worked hard.
It's a bit of relief in the end, we came up with some things towards a
big weekend next week. Congratulations.
Let's have a look at the results or possibly a latest from Leeds because
they kicked off later than us. I think we can come to be say that
Leeds Rhinos are going to go through there. Wigan Warriors also through.
Quickly, that was a heck of a match, wasn't it? Yes, great game, Widnes
showed loads of spirit. People out of position and a lot of young lads
who did a great job for themselves. Danny Walker on the bench was
exceptional for Warrington. Widnes. Impressed? Great contest but more
quality with Warrington. At the end, it showed that difference. We will
have the draw for you on the rugby league form, that is going to be on
the BBC sport website. We will also have more reaction from this game
and it has been quite a game. The scoreline a little bit harsh on
Widnes. It's been a heck of a game here. Do join us that quarterfinal
draw. Who do you think, will everybody be wanting further stone?
They won't be wanting Warrington, that's for sure. That's the draw you
want, but you want to be at home for the quarterfinal? Yes, home, and you
want to avoid Castleford on yesterday's performance. It's too
late for us! We will see you on the BBC sport website, join us over
there for the draw for the quarterfinals. We've had a cracking
weekend of rugby league here. Stay with us for the quarterfinal draw.
Tanya Arnold presents live coverage of this Challenge Cup sixth-round clash between Warrington and Widnes. This is one of Rugby League's biggest derbies and is always a tense and tight affair. It is also a repeat of 2016's quarter-final which Warrington edged 20-18. But both clubs have had a mixed start to their league season - with beaten Challenge Cup and Grand Final finalists Warrington struggling to find their form, and Widnes also not performing strongly. The Cup is a competition both teams are desperate to do well in as they bid for silverware this season, and under the guidance of seven-time Challenge Cup winner Denis Betts, Widnes fancy their chances of a shock in what is sure to be an enthralling and feisty encounter.
Reporting is Damian Johnson with the BBC Rugby League correspondent Dave Woods providing the commentary, alongside Jonathan Davies, Brian Noble and Robbie Hunter-Paul.
The draw for the quarter-finals follows the match.