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Widnes 36 Hull KR 22

Widnes Vikings ended their home Super League programme on a positive note after holding off a late rally from Hull KR.
Widnes 36 Hull KR 22
by rleague.com

Widnes Vikings ended their home Super League programme on a positive note after holding off a late rally from Hull Kingston Rovers.

A fine first-half performance saw Widnes 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.

An early second-half try by Joe Mellor, again converted by Owens, stretched their advantage to 24-0, but David Hodgson claimed two tries 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 a hat-trick, Frank Winterstein crossed for Widnes 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 a rampaging 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 half's 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-point 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 Widnes' 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.

Hull KR 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 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, yet Winterstein's late score sent the Widnes fans home happy.

Widnes Vikings 36
Tries: Kevin Brown, Adam Lawton, Rhys Hanbury, Joe Mellor, Patrick Ah Van, Frankie Winterstein
Goals: Jack Owens 6

Hull Kingston Rovers 22
Tries: David Hodgson 3, Josh Hodgson
Goals: Michael Dobson 3

Date: Sunday 1st September 2013
Venue: Select Security Stadium Halton
Crowd: 5,713
Referee: B Thaler
Half Time: Widnes 18-0


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