Widnes Vikings overturned an early deficit to beat Whitehaven 34-10 at the DCBL Stadium and book their place in the Third Round of the Challenge Cup.
Widnes started well, and had a try in the corner disallowed because the final pass to Deon Cross was forward.
In their first flurry up the field, Whitehaven scored, as Callum Phillips finished a good break under the posts. Lachlan Walmsley converted to make it a six-point lead.
Five minutes later, Widnes got themselves back in it. They worked it out to the left hand side, and Ste Tyrer managed to throw a dummy and get over. Jack Owens missed the conversion, meaning they still trailed by two points.
After a scrappy middle period to the match, Wigan got the next try, as Danny Craven managed to spin his way over. Owens converted to open up a four point lead.
Whitehaven then spurred a golden chance to go in at half-time in front, but Walmsley couldn’t take in Karl Dixon’s offload.
From the resulting break, Lewis Else supported Owen Buckley’s break to go over. Owens converted to put Widnes ahead by 10 points.
The Vikings struck again just three minutes into the second half. Owens got the ball out wide and shrugged off a tackle to score. He then converted to open up a 16 point lead.
As the rain came down, both sides began to struggle with the conditions.
It was Widnes who would score next, to extend their lead with 15 minutes to go. Will Tilleke managed to attack the line and get over. Owens added the conversion.
It was soon two tries in three minutes, as Josh Wilde got out of dummy half and scored. Owens was once again on target with the boot.
However, the final word would go to Whitehaven. Sean Croston picked up the ball in space and went over. Dixon missed the conversion.
Both sides start their Championship campaigns next week. Widnes travel to Newcastle Thunder, while Whitehaven travel to Dewsbury Rams.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Owen Buckley, Ste Tyrer, Jake Spedding, Deon Cross, Danny Craven, Matty Smith, Paul Clough, Joe Lyons, Owen Farnworth, Connor Dwyer, Adam Lawton, Kenny Baker.
Subs: Matt Cook, Lewis Else, Will Tilleke, Josh Wilde.
Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.
Whitehaven: Lachlan Walmsley, James Worthington, Sean Croston, Jesse Joe Parker, Andrew Bulman, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Glenn Riley, Callum Phillips, Dean Zammit, Ellis Gillam, Connor Holliday, Thomas Wilkinson.
Subs: Liam Cooper, Ethan Kelly, Oscar Thomas, Andrew Thornley.
Head Coach: Gary Charlton.