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Super League: Adam Lawton hat-trick secures Widnes Vikings win
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A hat-trick from teenager Adam Lawton helped Widnes Vikings to a 38-12 victory over Super League bottom club London Broncos.
The home side raced to a 16-0 half-time lead before holding off a mini-revival from the Broncos, with Lawton's fellow-Academy graduate Jack Owens adding two tries of his own.
Winger Owens opened the scoring after nine minutes as he went over on the right flank following good work from Joe Melllor and Rhys Hanbury.
A scrappy spell saw both sides make crucial errors before Widnes added to their lead, Mellor strolling in after latching onto Ben Kavanagh's offload.
A third Vikings' try duly followed courtesy, Lawton grabbing his first try of the night as he collected a pass from Brown before slipping over to give the hosts a comfortable interval lead.
Brown and Lawton then combined after the restart with the latter on target again before London belatedly got on the scoresheet.
Passage of play
A decent passage of play ended in former Vikings player Shane Grady going over and after adding the conversion, Ryan Shaw went over himself before again adding the extras.
The Broncos were then denied a third try in dramatic fashion after Widnes centre Stefan Marsh somehow made up the ground to put in a crucial tackle to deny Liam Colbon after he had raced 80m with the ball.
That was as good as it got for Tony Rea's side, with the Vikings scoring three more times before the final hooter.
Owens finished off a move out wide before second row Hep Cahill then crossed with 10 minutes to go.
There was still time for Lawton to seal his hat-trick with a powerful effort, with Owens converting five of the seven tries.Regular Season 2013. Click here to bet.
First Utility Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||3||2|
|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|20:00||Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 58 - 16 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
|Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes|
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