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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 July 2007, 15:06 GMT 16:06 UK
Widnes seal Northern Rail Cup win
Rugby League

Whitehaven: (0) 6
Tries: Rudd
Goals: Rudd

Widnes: (30) 54
Tries: Kohe-Love, Grix, Blanch 2, Nanyn, Doran, Moran, Smith, Gaskell
Goals: Nanyn 9

Widnes clinched the Northern Rail Cup with an emphatic 54-6 victory over Whitehaven in the final in Blackpool.

The Vikings laid the foundation for the win with a blistering opening half which saw them run in five tries to build up a commanding 30-0 lead.

They did not ease up in the second half with captain Mark Smith and Damien Blanch, with his second try of the game, extending their lead early on.

Whitehaven's only response came late on through Carl Rudd's try and goal.


  • Whitehaven chairman Des Byrne
  • "We were totally outclassed. We've got to have ambition, but we can't get to finals and play like that.

    "I feel desperately sorry for the Haven fans who spent their money and came down to watch it.

    606: DEBATE
    "We were just not good enough, and we have to do something about that.

    Are we happy and content to be part-timers? I'm certainly not. I want to be in the Super League."


    Whitehaven: Broadbent, Calvert, Eilbeck, R. Jackson, Maden, Joe, Duffy, Trindall, A. Smith, Fatialofa, Miller, Fletcher, Rudd.
    Replacements: Sice, Mattinson, M. Jackson, Teare.

    Widnes: Grix, Blanch, Kohe-Love, Nanyn, Gaskell, Moran, Penny, Cassidy, Smith, Wilkes, Doran, Noone, Beswick.
    Replacements: Summers, James, Webster, Price.

    Referee: Jamie Leahy (Dewsbury)



    SEE ALSO
    Northern Rail Cup - your photos
    10 Jul 07 |  Rugby League


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