Super League: Widnes rally to defeat Hull - Vikings see Kevin Brown limp off
Last Updated: 02/03/13 9:27pm
Widnes recorded their first home win of the season with a 36-16 triumph over Hull FC - but victory may have come at a costly price for the Vikings.
Paddy Flynn bagged a brace of first-half tries before ex-Hull man Cameron Phelps crossed twice himself against his former employers after the break.
New boy Kevin Brown played his part in helping the hosts rally from a 12-10 half-time deficit, setting up a try on his long-awaited debut when his superb up-and-under was seized in the air by Chris Dean.
However, the stand-off's night came to a premature end when he hobbled off with an ankle injury. Widnes also saw Stefan Marsh suffer a suspected broken arm, meaning the result was somewhat soured by the loss of two key players.
Hull will feel little sympathy for their opponents, seeing as they have big-name recruits Daniel Holdsworth and Gareth Ellis currently stuck on the sidelines themselves.
They broke the deadlock after just two minutes through Joe Westerman and although Flynn's first try pegged them back, a high shot from Gareth Hock - one of a plethora of penalties given away by the forward during the evening - led to Ben Galea grabbing his first try for the Black and Whites.
Brett Seymour set up his fellow Australian with a short ball, though his next assist came when his long, floaty pass out wide was picked off by Flynn, who galloped clear to the other end of the field.
The Vikings then took the lead for the first time early in the second half when Phelps supported a rampaging run by Hock - it gave them an advantage they never looked like surrendering from then on.
Brown's boot assisted Dean's score soon afterwards and there was daylight between the teams when Phelps completed his double on the hour mark.
Tom Lineham's fine finish in the right corner briefly gave Hull renewed hope, but any chance the Airlie Birds had of soaring back into the contest were shot down by a Frank Winterstein try with 10 minutes to play.
Hock - making his first start since signing on loan from Wigan - completed an eventful night for both himself and his team by reaching out to get the seventh and final Widnes try shortly before the hooter sounded.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Rhinos storm Langtree Park
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Tigers v Warriors: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Vikings v Hull FC: Teams
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown