Home team Score Away Team

Widnes

  • Brown (2), Hanbury, Dean, Mellor,
    Goals: Tickle (6),
32 - 18

Salford

  • Lee, Johnson, Fages,
    Goals: Mullaney (3),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 6th Mar 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 5,291

Super League: Widnes Vikings see off Salford Red Devils to stay perfect

By Rob Lancaster   Last updated: 7th March 2014   Subscribe to RSS Feed

WIDNES VIKINGS DANNY TICKLE SALFORD RED DEVILS

Danny Tickle tries to make metres going forward against the Salford defence

WIDNES VIKINGS CHRIS DEAN STEFAN MARSH

Chris Dean (right): Broke the deadlock in the 14th minute of the contest

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Widnes maintained their perfect start to the Super League season with a 32-18 triumph over big-spending Salford Red Devils at the Select Security Stadium.

A hat-trick of home triumphs in 2014 means the Vikings have now won six league outings in a row stretching back to the end of last year, showing their long-term planning is beginning to bear fruit.

Salford are trying to do things a little quicker thanks to Dr Marwan Koukash's millions, but with injuries taking their toll they were beaten in front of the Sky cameras for a second successive Thursday.

Kevin Brown marked his return from injury with two tries as Widnes - who still have a game in hand due to Wigan's World Club Challenge commitments - turned around a 12-8 half-time deficit that was hardly a fair reflection on the first 40 minutes.

They nearly scored on their opening set but had to wait until the 14th minute to break the deadlock, Chris Dean scoring during a third successive set.

Salford didn't lack for effort, Harrison Hansen producing one huge hit in a tackle, but struggled to break down a stubborn home defence without the sidelined Rangi Chase. That was, though, until they crossed twice in two minutes.

Something special

They needed something special to breach Widnes and that's exactly what they got when Greg Johnson manufactured a superb solo score, the winger somehow wriggling free from three tacklers inside his own half before cutting off his right foot to round the stranded Rhys Hanbury.

The Vikings barely had time to recover when they conceded again, Tim Smith's grubber setting free Jason Walton, who threw the ball inside for Jake Mullaney. The full-back drew his opposite number in Hanbury and then passed on for the supporting Tommy Lee to touch down.

Mullaney added both conversions to make it 12-6, though a Danny Tickle penalty, awarded perhaps generously for obstruction, with the final play in the half cut the gap to four.

The scoring continued to alternate in the third quarter, Salford surrendering the lead when Joe Mellor made them pay for allowing fellow half-back Brown's high kick to bounce.

However the Red Devils recovered to go 18-14 ahead when Mullaney stepped off his left foot on three occasions to cut loose and set up a try for Chase's understudy in the halves, French teenager Theo Fages.

That, though, was the last time Brian Noble's side - also without the services of Gareth Hock - would have their noses in front.

Hanbury reached out to score from dummy-half next to the line to see the lead change hands for a fourth, and now final, time, before Brown's brace made sure his side would stay perfect.

The former Huddersfield Giant worked a give-and-go to perfection with Macgraff Leuluai to make it a two-score cushion, then took a short pass to crash over on the left-hand side. Tickle finished with a perfect record off the tee, kicking all six of his conversion attempts to add to first-half penalty.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
20:00St Helens vs Catalans Dragons
Saturday 7th February
15:00Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
15:00Hull K R vs Leeds
15:30Castleford vs Wakefield
Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield
Sunday 14th September
Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R

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