Widnes Vikings claimed a third win of the season as they won a good game 24-16 against Salford Red Devils.
It was the Red Devils who started the quickest with Craig Kopczak crossing over from close range. Robert Lui kicked the conversion to give Salford an early six point lead.
However, ten minutes later, an acrobatic stretch from Chris Dean brought the Vikings back into the contest. Krisnan Inu levelled proceedings with a conversion.
Salford’s game plan was increasingly clear when they decided to take the two points with two penalties before half time. Lui hit them both meaning Salford went in at half time with a 10-6 lead.
The second didn’t start well for the visitors as they had Lama Tasi sent to the sin bin for dangerous contact, as his shoulder made contact with the attackers head. It may well head to the disciplinary panel.
The first score of the half was crucial and it Widnes making the extra man count who got it through Inu as he finished off a slick team move. He then converted his own try to put Widnes in front for the first time.
However, this didn’t last long as Salford went straight down the other end and scored after Weller Hauraki showed brilliant power to get the ball down with four players on him. Lui pulled the conversion wide, but it stretched Salford back in front by two points. And it was soon four as Lui scored another penalty.
The game then took a decisive twist as Greg Burke was put through a gap to get his first try of the season. Inu kept up his impressive record with the boot to give Widnes their two point lead back.
An Aaron Heremaia try just a few minutes from time then made the points safe for Widnes as he forced the error from a kick. Inu scored the conversion to make it an eight point lead with five minutes to go.
Salford hung on in there, but they couldn’t find a score to make it a grandstand finish.
Widnes have now won their first game since their victory over Leeds Rhinos are up to 5th in the Super League, having played more games than their opponents. They travel to local rivals Warrington Wolves next Friday.
As for Salford, they drop to 10th in the Super League after suffering a fifth defeat in seven Super League matches to start the season. They host Catalans Dragons next Friday.