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Cats spoil Vikings' big night
Visitors score five second-half tries to get Agar off to a winning start
Widnes' return to Super League ended in disappointment as they were beaten 32-14 by Wakefield at the Stobart Stadium.
The Vikings looked on course for a morale-boosting victory after leading 10-4 at half-time, but they paid a high price for second-half indiscipline.
Wakefield turned the game on its head during a spell of six successive penalties in their favour, running in four unanswered tries on their way to giving new coach Richard Agar victory in his first game in charge.
Roared on by a passionate home support Widnes made a fast start and took a deserved lead when full-back Danny Craven took advantage of Richie Mathers' dithering to touch down his own grubber kick, with Patrick Ah van converting.
But the hosts failed to capitalise on 10 minutes of contstant pressure on the Wakefield line and alarm bells should have started to ring as Ali Lauitiiti crashed over from Isaac John's short ball, although John failed to add the extras.
Still the Vikings continued to dominate and after Frank Winterstein was unlucky to have a try chalked off the by the video referee, he made amends with a brilliant offload to Willie Isa, whose long pass put Ah Van in at the corner unopposed.
Wakefield levelled a minute into the second half, although Andy Raleigh looked to have knocked on Tim Smith's kick through.
The luck went against Widnes again when the ball spun away from Ah Van and although Isa slid in to score, the former Bradford winger was adjudged to have pulled back Peter Fox.
Hep Cahill edged Widnes back in front as he charged to down a kick and raced 60 metres to score, but from there the game belonged to Wakefield as they made Widnes pay in clinical fashion for a string of penalties.
Smith's cleverly delayed pass sent Mathers darting through a gaping hole in the defence, then the former NRL rookie of the year jinked over himself for a brilliant solo try.
Referee Ben Thaler finally lost patience with Widnes nine minutes from time, sending Ben Cross to the bin for a high tackle and Wakefield quickly killed the game off, Peter Fox scoring twice in the corner in the closing stages.
The Wildcats had expressed some disatisfaction with the artificial surface at half-time, but after the second 40, they may want to play on it every week.
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|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|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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