Super League: Widnes Vikings sign-off in style at home with win over Hull KR
Last Updated: 01/09/13 8:40pm
Widnes ended their home Super League programme on a positive note with a 36-22 win after holding off a second-half rally from Hull KR.
A fine first-half performance saw the Vikings build an 18-0 half-time lead through tries by Kevin Brown, Rhys Hanbury and a magnificent rampaging 40-metre effort from second row forward Adam Lawton, all converted by Jack Owens.
While an early second-half try by Joe Mellor, again converted by Owens, stretched their advantage to 24-0, David Hodgson claimed two touchdowns in two minutes, both converted by Michael Dobson, to cut the lead to just 12 points.
And it got better for the visitors when Josh Hodgson scored his side's third try eight minutes later, again converted by Dobson, to set up a grand finale at 24-18.
But Widnes settled the nerves when Patrick Ah Van crossed for a try nine minutes from time and although David Hodgson still had time to complete his hat-trick, Frank Winterstein crossed for the hosts three minutes from time to seal the win.
The Vikings were quickest out of the blocks and were ahead after just three minutes when stand-off Brown sold an outrageous dummy and scythed through the Rovers defence to race 20 metres to score.
The visitors should have drawn level midway through the first half but prop forward Evam Tuimavave lost possession over the line as he attempted to touch down. And to compound matters further Hull KR were then reduced to 12 men when Travis Burns was sent to the sin bin as he prevented Owens from taking a quick tap restart.
Widnes made their extra man pay on 24 minutes when, from a scrum just short of half way, the ball was moved out to Lawton and the giant second-row forward went on his 40-metre run, swatting off three Rovers defenders, to score a magnificent try in the corner.
The home side then got the third try their play deserved in the final minute when Brown's kick was pounced upon by Hanbury to score, with Owens maintaining his 100 per cent record with the boot to give the Vikings an 18-0 interval advantage.
Widnes almost increased their lead immediately after the restart but both Cameron Phelps and Ah Van were denied by forward pass calls by the referee. But their enterprising display was rewarded after 48 minutes when Gareth Hock sent Mellor over under the posts and Owens converted to stretch the lead to 24-0.
The visitors finally burst into life on the hour mark with two tries in two minutes from winger David Hodgson, both converted by Dobson, to cut the deficit to 12 points at 24-12 and give them hope of a dramatic comeback.
And there was real hope for Rovers when Josh Hodgson stole the ball from Owens and touched down on 68 minutes and Dobson's conversion went in off the upright to make it 24-18.
A try from Ah Van settled Widnes nerves but the Robins hit back again when David Hodgson completed his hat-trick, but Winterstein's late score sent the Widnes fans home happy.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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