Super League: Widnes Vikings battle back to deny Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 08/03/13 11:07pm
Rhys Hanbury denied winning try and missed drop goal attempt
Widnes produced a stunning comeback to earn a 22-22 draw with Bradford despite playing the entire second half with 12 men.
The Vikings looked dead and buried at half-time as they trailed 20-4 after Gareth Hock had been sent off for dissent.
But a combination of some stirring rugby from the hosts and some poor handling and discipline from the Bulls allowed Widnes back into the game and a Patrick Ah Van penalty five minutes from time earned them a share of the points.
The Bulls were quickest out of the blocks and Jamie Langley and Brett Kearney both went over inside the first five minutes, the first try from a slick passing move and Lulia teeing up the second.
Ah Van sneaked in at the corner on 20 minutes to get the hosts on the scoreboard but it was little respite from the Bradford onslaught and a repeat set on the Widnes line saw Matt Diskin Burrow over.
Referee Robert Hicks awarded the try after referring to his assistants and that decision incensed Hock and his remonstrations earned him a red card.
The Bulls quickly made the most of the extra man as Jarrod Sammut fed Lulia on the diagonal for a simple score, although another missed conversion from Sammut meant the lead was only 20-6 at the interval.
That would prove costly as Widnes came out fired up for the second half and Hep Cahill put in Rhys Handbury with only two minutes gone.
With the Bulls conceding penalties, the Vikings were in again on 48, Ah Van sneaking in for his second. This time he was accurate with the extras to cut the gap to six points although a Sammut penalty on 55 gave the Bulls a bit of breathing space again.
But Widnes were not to be denied and after Handbury was harshly judged to have been held up on the line, Lloyd White cut the gap to two points when he broke the Bulls line after they coughed up possession in their own half.
Ah Van nailed the extras then levelled the scores with a penalty five minutes from time after the Bulls were caught offside.
And they could have grabbed an unlikely victory had Handbury's 35-metre drop-goal attempt not drifted just wide with the clock running down.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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