Widnes Vikings returned to winning ways after a 30-20 victory over Sheffield Eagles at the DCBL Stadium.
After a scrappy opening, Widnes drew first blood after 16 minutes. Shane Grady took in a short ball and powered over underneath the posts. Ste Tyrer scored the conversion to open up a six-point lead.
Sheffield then got themselves back into it out of nothing. Joe Lyons went for the line for Widnes, but could not keep hold of the ball. Ryan Millar then picked up the loose ball and ran 90 metres to score. Izaac Farrell converted to level the scores.
However, the match was only level for six minutes. Matty Smith was able to put Lyons into a gap to score. Tyrer converted to put the hosts back ahead by six points.
Sheffield were able to hit back for a second time just five minutes into the second half. After forcing a repeat set, they were able to spread the ball to James Glover, who went through a gap to score. Farrell’s conversion attempt hit the post, meaning they still trailed.
That proved costly as just four minutes later, Widnes grabbed their third try. Josh Wilde was able to break through a couple of tackles and passe dinside to Danny Craven to score. Tyrer added the conversion to open up an eight-point lead.
Just before the hour, Widnes moved further ahead. Adam Lawton claimed a short ball and took three defenders over with him to score. Tyrer kicked the conversion.
Lawton grabbed his second try three minutes later to take the Vikings clear. He took in a short ball from Smith and shrugged through a few tackles to score. Tyrer was again perfect with the conversion.
With just over 10 minutes to go, Sheffield claimed another try. Anthony Thackeray put a kick across the line, and Glover rose highest to score. Glover then stepped up and converted his own try.
Just before the hooter, Lawton was sent off for Widnes after a tackle off the ball on Olly Davies. From the resulting penalty, the Eagles managed one last try.
They managed to spread the ball out to Travis Corion on the wing, who scored in the corner. Glover could not add the conversion.
Widnes are back in action next Sunday when they face Bradford Bulls at Odsal. Sheffield welcome current leaders Toulouse on the same day.
Widnes Vikings: Jack Owens, Deon Cross, Joe Edge, Ste Tyrer, Jayden Hatton, Danny Craven, Joe Lyons, Shane Grady, Brad O’Neill, Kenny Baker, Adam Lawton, Josh WIlde, Matty Smith.
Subs: Paul Clough, Will Tilleke, Lewis Else, Oliver Brookes.
Head Coach: Simon Finnigan.
Sheffield Eagles: Ryan Millar, Travis Corion, Connor Bower, James Glover, Rob Worrincy, Izaac Farrell, Anthony Thackeray, Bobby Tyson-Wilson, Robbie Ward, Matt James, Evan Hodgson, Olly Davies, Aaron Brown.
Subs: Tyler Dickinson, Blake Broadbent, Paddy Burns, Harry Tyson-Wilson.
Head Coach: Mark Aston.