The game started off well with both teams looking competitive. It was the Crusaders who opened the scoring with 8 minutes on the clock as Alex Thompson found a gap to dart over, Johnson extended the lead by adding an easy conversion.
Widnes looked to have gifted the Crusaders a second try as they struggled to deal with a grubber kick but they managed to take the ball at last minute resulting in a goal line drop out. The home side made the most of the next set as Jono Smith steped round the Widnes defence to go over. Tommy Johnson made it two from two and doubled the Crusaders’ lead.
The visitors then looked to reply as they won a penalty on the Crusaders’ line only to waste the position with a forward pass. After a Crusaders knock on Widnes had possession back and looked to make the most of it shifting the ball out wide and with men over they were in but the referee pulled play back for a forward pass. Widnes didn’t let heads drop as they kicked the ball through a gap in the Crusaders line which they chased down to win a goal line drop out.
It was though the home side who got the reward for the strong defence as Jamie Dallimore darted over to extend the lead and Johnson kept his 100% record for the game as he kicked over. They then added another as Elliot Davies made up good ground to put Roets in the clear who then lost the ball near the line. Turner gathered and jumped over the whitewash to extend the lead. A good kick from Johnson saw the lead go to 24-0.
Turner then turned provider as he ran down the wing to pass inside to Tommy Johnson who went over under the posts, he then converted his own try to add to the lead. Brilliant play from the home side saw Johnson in for his second under the posts making it easy for him to add another conversion. The Crusaders hit 40 before the break as Johnson broke the Widnes line and offloaded to Elliot Davies who stumbled over the line. Johnson added to the score and sent the teams into the break at 42-0.
The second half started with a penalty to the Crusaders after Widnes stole the ball in the first tackle. The home side made full advantage of the position as Karl Ashall walked through a gap in the line to touch down under the posts Turner added the extras. Widnes then opened their account as Josh Simm went leaped over the line and it was converted.
The game then turned a bit tense as punches flew in from both sides resulting in Alex Thompson being sin binned for the home side and Eddie McAdam going in the bin for the visitors. Widnes then made use of possession as former Crusader Jamie Durbin caught a pass that deflected off Jono Smith into his hands. The conversion was successful and Widnes doubled their score. Widnes continued to put the pressure on the Crusaders as a good kick was caught in goal. Though the home side went straight down the other end and Ian Mort took the score over 50 which ws added to with the conversion from Turner. With ten minutes to go the Crusaders looked o of extended their lead only for the referee to rule out the try and hand possession over to Widnes.
The visitors they held up the Crusaders over the line before Stuart Reardon looked to be in but he knocked on before the line. The home side reached 60 as Stuart Reardon broke the line to offload to Joe Burke who grounded under the posts and Johnson converted with three minutes to go.