Super League  Sunday 3rd February 2013  Twickenham Stoop Stadium  Att: 2,856

Squad

Bailey, Bryant, Channing, Dixon, Dorn, Gower, Howell, Hurst, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Melling, O'Callaghan, Randall, Wheeldon, Witt, Grady.

Squad

Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Craven, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Joseph, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Kieran Dixon

Chris Melling

Kieran Dixon

GOAL SCORERS:

Kieran Dixon

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Stefan Marsh

Frankie Winterstein

Dave Allen

Jon Clarke

Stefan Marsh

GOAL SCORERS:

Rhys Hanbury

Rhys Hanbury

Rhys Hanbury

Rhys Hanbury

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Stefan Marsh guided Widnes to an impressive 28-14 victory over the London Broncos as the Vikings got their Super League campaign off to the perfect start.

Marsh scored two of the visitors’ five tries and was an impressive presence throughout as Denis Betts’ men triumphed in the capital.

The Vikings were forced to make do without two of their big-name signings, Gareth Hock and Kevin Brown, due to injury and installed former London loanee Joe Mellor at stand-off.

The Broncos elected to give a debut start to centre Alex Hurst, a close-season signing from Swinton Lions.

Last season’s clash between the pair went right to the wire, with the hosts eventually prevailing thanks to a last-gasp Antonio Kaufusi try.

The visitors set about putting that right straight from the off, grabbing an early lead when Marsh took Jon Clarke’s pass, cut inside and muscled over from close range.

London really should have levelled things up moments later, but Jamie O’Callaghan was bundled into touch by a posse of Widnes defenders when he looked certain to score.

It was no-frills stuff from the Vikings, but their aggressive approach was certainly putting the Broncos on the back foot.

And that energetic start was so nearly converted into more points on 16 minutes when Willie Isa was inches from grounding a teasing kick through.

The home side were showing precious little creativity, with loose kicks and passes into touch peppering their attacking play.

But London were fronting up defensively, with the end result being both sides cancelling each other out for much of the opening half.

It was Widnes who were to move further clear on the half-hour, though, Clarke engineering space and romping over after neat hands from the Vikings backs.

And the away side moved into a commanding position before the break, Dave Allen cashing in with a third try after the Broncos spilled an aimless kick on the last tackle.

With skipper Craig Gower departing due to injury, London were forced into a second-half reshuffle, Chris Melling and new signing Tommy Lee entering the fray.

The Broncos had the perfect chance to grab a lifeline midway through the half, only for Will Lovell to somehow spill the ball in the act of grounding with the line at his mercy.

Tony Rea’s men finally got on the board on 64 minutes, profiting from a loose pass that went to ground with Kieran Dixon scooping up and skidding home.

Further late scores saw Frank Winterstein rumble home for the visitors and Melling and Dixon burst over late on for the Broncos before Marsh rounded off the scoring.

Match Action

  • 79m
    try

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 73m
    goal

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 73m
    try

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 71m
    try

    Chris Melling

    London Broncos

  • 64m
    try

    Kieran Dixon

    London Broncos

  • 58m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 58m
    try

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 37m
    try

    Dave Allen

    Widnes

  • 37m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 31m
    interchange_off

    Craig Gower

    London Broncos

  • 31m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes

  • 31m
    interchange_on

    Chris Melling

    London Broncos

  • 31m
    try

    Jon Clarke

    Widnes

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Tommy Lee

    London Broncos

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Chad Randall

    London Broncos

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    MacGraff Leuluai

    Widnes

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Lloyd White

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Frankie Winterstein

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Hep Cahill

    Widnes

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Scott Wheeldon

    London Broncos

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Alex Gerrard

    Widnes

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Eamon O'Carroll

    Widnes

  • 15m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    London Broncos

  • 15m
    interchange_on

    Mark Bryant

    London Broncos

  • 14m
    interchange_on

    Phil Joseph

    Widnes

  • 14m
    interchange_off

    Ben Cross

    Widnes

  • 5m
    try

    Stefan Marsh

    Widnes

  • 5m
    goal

    Rhys Hanbury

    Widnes