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
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
Super League 2013, round 25
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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.
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- 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
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- Tigers v Bulls: Teams
- Widnes will name and shame
- Dragons v Warriors: Teams
- Broncos v Giants: Teams
- Rhinos v Hull KR: Teams
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- Wolves v Vikings: Teams
- Wigan stars to face Dragons