Gareth Hock stars as Widnes defeat Warrington in a shock upset

Gareth Hock

In any rugby league game, sometimes it only takes the efforts of one player to prove the difference and that was exactly the case in the Widnes v Warrington clash, with on-loan Widnes forward Gareth Hock playing a starring role, as they upset competition heavyweights the Warrington Wolves 38-22.

Warrington coach Tony Smith conceded that Widnes were the better side in the game and labelled the game as “The Gareth Hock Show.”

“I don’t think we played well enough to win that game,” Warrington boss Smith said.

“We had a period after half-time where we could have taken control but we weren’t able to do that.

“The enthusiasm of Widnes was terrific. Their support was great and defence was pretty solid.

“They have gone back to the drawing board and they deserve all the credit they will get from this victory.

“Widnes were better and deserved it. It was the Gareth Hock show. He was the best player on the field. He came up with some big plays and he was great for them. He was so instrumental.”

It was just last week that the Vikings were defeated 62-4, but despite their shock win over Warrington, Widnes coach Dennis Betts still wants to see improvement from his side.

“We still need to look at the second-half start but we were solid,” Betts said.

“Warrington are a tough side and difficult to break down but we did it.

“We are notching a few big scalps off. We are putting our mark down and building our confidence. I thought Warrington were really good and had a go at us but we stuck in.

“There’s plenty of players who were impressive today. Rhys Hanbury was great but our best player on the field was Jon Clarke, he was outstanding – absolutely unbelievable.

“We are getting better and better. We have some options and no one is guaranteed a spot. We are generating competition and the players want to keep the jersey.”

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