Sheffield Eagles 30-10 Widnes Vikings
Friday 2nd August 2019, 19:45pm
Championship - Round: 23
Ben Blackmore, Brad Knowles, Anthony Thackeray (2), Menzie Yere,
Pat Walker (5),
Ryan Ince, Ellis Robson,
In an 1895 Cup Final dress rehearsal, Sheffield Eagles claimed a comfortable 30-10 victory over Widnes Vikings at the Olympic Legacy Park.
Anthony Thackeray starred with a brace of tries while Menzie Yere found his way to the try-line for the first time this season in an Eagles jersey.
Winger Ben Blackmore and Brad Knowles also got on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Rory Dixon and Yere came into the fold for Sheffield, replacing London Broncos duo Nathan Mason and Ben Hellewell who featured in the semi-final win over Batley Bulldogs.
It took six minutes for Sheffield to break the deadlock as Thackeray snatched an interception and fed Blackmore who had the pace to beat the onrushing defenders. Pat Walker converted.
Knowles was next over the try-line for the Eagles as Greg Burns played a pass to the prop who powered over from close range. Walker again on target.
Widnes weren’t to be denied for the full half though. Ryan Ince capitalised on a big break from Macgraff Leuluai and the winger went over in the corner. Jack Owens couldn’t convert as the Vikings went into the sheds 12-4 down.
The return of Yere came at a price for the visiting Vikings as he rolled back the years with a 50-metre break to halfway, and the next tackle saw Thackeray dummy his way past the defence to score. Walker goaled.
Ellis Robson reduced the arrears for Widnes with what would be their final try of the game. Owens converted for 18-10.
Just short of the hour mark came the Eagles’ next try as they aimed to put the game to bed. A superb Aaron Brown break was supported by Thackeray who did the rest. Walker converted.
In the final quarter, Yere got on the end of a grubber kick to dot down and Walker converted once again.
A great result for the Eagles who travel to Halifax next Sunday, aiming to keep their top five dreams alive.
By Dan Fowler