Super League  Sunday 3rd August 2014  Select Security Stadium Halton  Att: 5,345

Squad

Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Carberry, Clarke, Dean, Galea, Hanbury, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Tickle, White.

Squad

Burns, Carlile, Caro, Chan, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Gardner, Green, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Larroyer, Netherton, Robinson, Salter, A. Walker, Welham.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Stefan Marsh

Kevin Brown

Joe Mellor

Chris Dean

Jack Owens

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Travis Burns

Kris Keating

GOAL SCORERS:

Travis Burns

Full Report

Match Official: R Hicks

Widnes Vikings beat Hull KR to tighten their grip on the final First Utility Super League play-off place in a physical encounter at the Select Security Stadium.

Two tries in as many minutes at the beginning of the second half gave the Vikings the confidence to see out the game. First Joe Mellor flew over and then Kevin Brown finished off a brilliant inter-passing move to give the Vikings the edge.

The hosts did not have it all their own way though as Hull KR threw everything at them but in the end the visitors did not have the power to deal with the vibrant Vikings, who head into next week's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford Tigers in great shape thanks to a 28-10 victory.

With only one point separating the two teams beforehand, it was always going to be a tense affair and that was the way the first period played out.

The Vikings got their noses in front after ten minutes as Jack Owens latched onto a Brown cross-field kick to put the home side in charge.

Hull KR winger Ade Gardner was left in no man's land as the pinpoint kick caught him napping on the right flank. Owens was on hand to zoom up behind him and over for the first try of the afternoon. Danny Tickle missed the conversion.

The Robins thought they had hit back immediately through dangerous Australian stand-off Travis Burns but that effort was ruled out by referee Robert Hicks for an infringement.

Rovers were not to be denied, though, as Burns linked up with James Green to send over Kris Keating for a well-worked score. Burns could not add the conversion.

Willie Isa then rampaged his way forward and his offload to Rhys Hanbury gave the Vikings full-back some room to manoeuvre and he passed to Danny Galea who sent in Chris Dean for a sweeping Widnes try. Tickle was on target with the conversion to put Widnes 10-4 in front at half-time.

It did not stay that way for long after the interval as Widnes stretched their lead to 12 as Mellor finished off a superb break from Dave Allen to romp home under the posts. Tickle added the extras and Denis Betts’ men were well in command.

The Vikings came out the traps aggressively and they were in again two minutes later as Dean turned the Robins’ defence inside out and his timely pass to Owens was enough to create the score for Brown.

The Robins put themselves back in it, however, on 50 minutes as powerful back rower Jason Chan burst over to give Burns an easy conversion.

The tit-for-tat scoring continued, this time it was Vikings’ centre Stefan Marsh speeding over after good work from Brown and Mellor. Jack Owens was unsuccessful with the touchline conversion.

Owens was in action again on the opposite flank after Rhys Hanbury’s terrific solo score. The Robins kept plugging away, with Ben Cockayne going close, but the Vikings held on to extend their cushion in eighth spot to three points.

Match Action

  • 68m
    try

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    Josh Hodgson

    Hull K R

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    Keal Carlile

    Hull K R

  • 55m
    try

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 50m
    goal

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 50m
    try

    Travis Burns

    Hull K R

  • 45m
    try

    Kevin Brown

    Widnes

  • 42m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 41m
    try

    Joe Mellor

    Widnes

  • 38m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Widnes

  • 37m
    try

    Chris Dean

    Widnes

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    James Green

    Hull K R

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Cox

    Hull K R

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Dave Allen

    Widnes

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Neville Costigan

    Hull K R

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Graeme Horne

    Hull K R

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Jon Clarke

    Widnes

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Lloyd White

    Widnes

  • 23m
    try

    Kris Keating

    Hull K R

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Jason Netherton

    Hull K R

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    James Green

    Hull K R

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 16m
    interchange_on

    Willie Isa

    Widnes

  • 16m
    interchange_off

    Ben Kavanagh

    Widnes

  • 9m
    try

    Jack Owens

    Widnes