Super League: Jack Owens helps Widnes do double over Warrington
Last Updated: 15/08/13 10:38pm
Jack Owens: Scored two tries and kicked a pair of conversions for Widnes
Warrington saw their hopes of finishing the regular season on top of the table suffer a serious blow as they lost 16-6 to Widnes in a feisty local derby.
Jack Owens was the hero for the Vikings at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, scoring two tries and kicking a pair of goals to help the underdogs upset the odds.
Their victory was even more impressive considering they played the entire second half with only 12 men, Hep Cahill seeing red for a high shot on Brett Hodgson that left the Warrington skipper badly concussed.
Despite their numerical disadvantage the visitors managed to score 12 points without reply after the break, in the process ending the Wolves' nine-match winning run in Super League.
The result not only stops the hosts from overtaking Huddersfield in the standings but also means Widnes have done the double over their near-neighbours for the first time since 2004.
Things had seemed to be going with the form book when Simon Grix grabbed the 50th try of his career after 15 minutes, finishing off a nicely-worked Warrington move down the left to break the deadlock.
Widnes suffered a further blow when they lost Grant Gore to injury, the youngster's first Super League start ending with him sadly being stretchered off with a serious-looking knee injury.
Some last-ditch defending denied Joel Monaghan from grounding the ball after claiming an up-and-under aimed at his right flank before Owens got his opening try of the night, impressively gathering in Kevin Brown's beautifully-weighted kick over the head of Chris Riley.
The missed conversion meant the Vikings trailed by two at the break - they were also down by one in terms of men on the field after Cahill was shown a straight red by referee Phil Bentham for flattening Hodgson.
Yet somehow, despite only have 12 men, a team that had conceded 114 points in their last two outings not only managed to hold Warrington's star-studded line-up scoreless but also touched down twice themselves.
Patrick Ah Van put the visitors in front for the first time when he scampered in at the left corner, rewarding the brave decision from the touchline made by coach Denis Betts not to go for goal after being awarded a penalty.
Owens then crossed on the other flank just six minutes later, Joe Mellor's kick off the outside of his right boot setting up his team-mate for an easy finish.
The winger added both conversions from tough positions to open up a 10-point gap with around a quarter of the game remaining; he was, though, unable to add a long-range penalty to his tally.
Still, Warrington's inability to retain possession meant the miss wasn't costly. Widnes were able to see out the clock and record just their third league win in their last 12 outings and surely their best of the 2013 campaign.
It was not only a good night for them but also the Giants, who know a win over rock-bottom London Broncos on Saturday would see them move three points clear at the summit with just two rounds of the competition remaining.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford 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 25
Hull KR have signed Canterbury Bulldogs half-back Kris Keating on a three-year deal.
Widnes ban two fans for life over crowd disturbance during Hull defeat.
Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane will stay in charge next season after the club exercised a one-year option in his deal.
- Donaldson signs Bulls deal
- Hansen: I'm staying a Warrior
- Frustration for Cummins
- Brown critical despite victory
- Tigers end Bulls' hopes
- Saints continue hot streak
- Wane challenges Wigan players
- Dragons send Warriors packing
- Anderson pleased with points
- Giants see off sprited Broncos
- Gentle turns focus to Wembley
- Sandercock: Defence was huge
- Westerman gives Hull the win
- Rampant Rovers stun Rhinos
- Wildcats v Saints: Teams
- Tigers v Bulls: Teams
- Widnes will name and shame
- Dragons v Warriors: Teams
- Broncos v Giants: Teams
- Rhinos v Hull KR: Teams
- Crookes handed Hull lifeline
- Wolves v Vikings: Teams
- Wigan stars to face Dragons