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Friday 18th July 2014, 20:00 - Round:21
|Jack Owens 2, Rhys Hanbury, Paddy Flynn, Cameron Phelps,||T||Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Currie,|
Danny Tickle 4,
Attendance: 7,158 Official: P Bentham Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton
Two tries from Jack Owens gave Widnes Vikings the derby bragging rights as they turned the tables on Warrington Wolves 28-14.
Widnes bounced back from their loss to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last Thursday in style as they had too much for error-ridden Warrington on the night.
The Vikings went into the game with the odds firmly stacked against them after winning only one of their previous eight games while Warrington came to the Select Security Stadium on the back of 10 previous wins and a 72-12 thrashing of London Broncos last week.
Owens, on his return to the Vikings line-up, got on the end of some lovely sweeping moves to cross for two crucial tries either side of half-time.
Widnes were deservedly in front 16-0 at the break and it could have been more.
Danny Galea went close for the home side as his driving run was stopped over the line by three Wolves tacklers, but Owens crossed for a well-taken effort on 10 minutes after he latched onto a cut-out pass on the left flank. Danny Tickle converted.
Wolves winger Gene Ormsby tried to hit back for Tony Smith’s men but Cameron Phelps was up to the task metres from the Vikings line.
Warrington were beginning to pile the pressure on Widnes and Anthony England should have scored as he burst onto a Stefan Ratchford pass, but Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury outmuscled him and stole the ball from his grasp.
Hanbury was involved again three minutes before half-time, powering over as the Vikings exploited a massive gap in the Wolves’ defence.
There was still time for Paddy Flynn to cross before half-time after Stef Marsh’s flick pass out of the back door created the opportunity.
The game turned seven minutes after the restart as Warrington came out of the blocks the quicker and Ormsby and Russell should have combined to put them back in it, but Russell could not keep hold of the ball when he would have had a clear run to the line.
Things were not happening for the Wolves as that spilled ball fell into the arms of Flynn, whose weaving run was finished off by Phelps in the corner and Tickle’s conversion and subsequent penalty made it 24-0.
Warrington were desperately trying to get themselves back into it and Ryan Atkins gave them a flicker of hope with a solo score after a set-piece scrum move.
Chris Bridge was next to go over for the Wolves as they smelt blood but the resilient Vikings dug in.
Kevin Brown restored order as his kick to the corner was collected by Owens for his second of the night.
Ratchford replied for Warrington but the damage had been done.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals