Widnes Vikings claimed their first Championship win of the season after an emphatic 46-10 victory over Swinton Lions at the DCBL Stadium.
Swinton started the match the better of the two teams, but they could not convert their early pressure into points.
The Vikings would end up making them pay after 27 minutes when they took the lead. A mistake at the back from the Lions gave Widnes a repeat set and then from the resulting field position, Deon Cross took a huge cutout pass to go over in the corner. Ste Tyrer scored the conversion.
Just five minutes later, Widnes doubled their lead. Matty Smith aimed a kick by the posts and Kenny Baker rose highest to go over. Tyrer scored the conversion.
Widnes’ onslaught continued as two minutes later, they grabbed another through Brad O’Neill, who got over from short range for his first try for the Vikings. Tyrer scored the conversion to open up an 18-point lead.
The Vikings extended the lead four minutes into the second half. Jack Owens patted the ball ahead for Tyrer, who got through the gap to score. However, he could not convert his own try.
Four minutes later, Widnes added another as a clever kick towards the in-goal was grounded by Ellis Robson under the posts. Tyrer was back on target with the conversion attempt to open up a 28-point lead.
Swinton soon grabbed a try back. Nico Rizzelli managed to get in in the corner after a good move. Jack Hansen missed the conversion attempt.
The Vikings then opened up a 30-point lead just before the hour. Shane Grady picked up a short ball, and got through a couple of tackle attempts to score. Tyrer added the conversion.
Widnes were in full-swing at this stage, and claimed another try on the hour. Adam Lawton managed to spin out of a tackle attempt and go over under the posts. Tyrer scored the conversion.
The Vikings claimed their eighth try soon after. A good offload from Lawton saw Edge in a two against one situation and he got the ball out to Cross for his second. Tyrer was again on target with the conversion attempt.
The final word would go to Swinton, as Hansen’s kick found Mike Butt, who scored in the corner. Hansen scored the conversion to get the Lions into double figures.
Swinton would end the match with 12 men, after Rhodri Lloyd was sent to the sin bin after a dangerous tackle.
Both sides are back in action next week at Heywood Road. Swinton take on Bradford Bulls first at 11.45am, before Widnes take on Toulouse at 4.15pm.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Jayden Hatton, Ste Tyrer, Joe Edge, Deon Cross, Joe Lyons, Matty Smith, Owen Farnworth, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Shane Grady, Ellis Robson, Paul Clough.
Subs: Adam Lawton, Calum O’Neill, Lewis Else, Will Tilleke.
Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.
Swinton Lions: Geronimo Doyle, Mike Butt, Mitch Cox, Luis Roberts, Nico Rizzelli, Nick Gregson, Jack Hansen, Louis Brogan, Paul Nash, Sam Luckley, Rhodri Lloyd, Deane Meadows, Will Hope.
Subs: Billy Brickhill, Sam Brooks, Tom Spencer, Cobi Green.
Head Coach: Stuart Littler.