Widnes Vikings have secured their second win of the season after a 23-6 victory over a much changed Leeds Rhinos side.
It was the Vikings who took the lead after 20 minutes when Wellington Albert created the space for Joe Mellor to exploit perfectly. Krisnan Inu missed the conversion, but Widnes still had the lead.
The lead was soon evaporated when former Warrington Wolves hookier Brad Dwyer was able to duck under and score at the home of his old rivals. Kallum Watkins converted to edge the Rhinos into the lead.
It stayed like this through half time, and the first score of the second half could well have been crucial for both sides. And it was Widnes who got it as Inu managed to go over after great work from Rhys Hanbury to release him. Inu scored the conversion to edge Widnes ahead by four.
New Zealand international Inu then got a second try of the game to make sure of the result. He converted and then also added a penalty as he continued to prove his worth after joining from Catalans Dragons in the off season.
The day was rounded off when young Danny Walker was able to get himself on the scoresheet. Inu was once again on target before Danny Craven rounded off a good afternoon’s work with a drop goal.
It means Widnes are very keen to banish the blues of last season where a lot of fans feared the worst and that they would get relegated. But with two wins from four, they could well be on the road to recovery. They travel to Wigan Warriors next week in another big test for them.
As for Leeds, it is a first defeat of the season, but one they could put down to injuries and maybe a little bit of jetlag after returning from Australia in the week. Tom Briscoe and Ryan Hall both withdrew late from the game. They will have the chance to bounce back next Friday when they welcome Catalans Dragons to Headingley.