First Utility Super League: Widnes Vikings hold off London Broncos
Last Updated: 28/06/14 5:35pm
Danny Galea dives over for a Widnes try
Widnes Vikings beat Super League whipping boys London 42-24 but had to survive a late Broncos fightback at the Hive.
Widnes' victory ends a five-match winless run in Super League while London have lost 18 straight.
Patrick Ah Van, Hep Cahill, and Danny Galea touched down in the first-half for the visitors, before Rhys Hanbury and Paddy Flynn each scored a double in the second period to seal a 42-24 win.
James Greenwood, Atelea Vea and Matt Cook gave Broncos some hope at the end of the game, after Denny Solomona's first-half try, but these proved to be no more than a consolation.
A second-minute Josh Drinkwater penalty from just under halfway put London in front.
But it was not long before a sloppy Broncos knock-on gave Widnes possession right in front of the posts. Kevin Brown's chip over the top allowed Ah Van to touch down in the left corner.
Danny Tickle converted the goal from the sideline to make it 6-2 after eight minutes.
Widnes built their pressure, Brown almost setting up a carbon-copy of the first try in the 14th minute with another well placed kick.
Widnes looked dangerous every time Brown was in possession, and a kick into the right corner forced a mistake from Iliess Macani, conceding the ten-metre scrum on 31 minutes.
The Vikings again punished London for the error, with Cahill charging in under the posts after a great offload from Jon Clarke.
Galea then found a gap in the Broncos defence on 38 minutes, running in to the left of the posts, before against the run of play Drinkwater's kick released Solomona who finished well in the corner on the stroke of half-time.
Both tries were successfully converted to make it 18-8 at the interval.
Widnes opened the second-half with a superb move down the right, with Hanbury exchanging with Ah Van before touching down in the right corner for another try in the 48th minute.
Flynn then broke three tackles and somehow went over in the right corner on 51 minutes, before Brown's 63rd-minute kick gave Flynn the opportunity to run in again on the right following the scrum.
Greenwood and Vea gave Broncos fans something to cheer about with 10 minutes left, both going over in quick succession to make it 36-20, Drinkwater
converting the goals.
But Hanbury's blistering break through the middle on 73 minutes restored Widnes' lead, before Broncos skipper Cook responded with a try of his own in the last minute.
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 Round 14
In-form Huddersfield ran in seven tries on their way to 38-22 victory over winless London Broncos.
Warrington made it three wins on the spin in Super League with a 34-12 triumph away at second-placed Huddersfield.
Widnes beat St Helens 35-28 at Langtree Park to record their first ever Super League success over their opponents.