Widnes Vikings, Select Security Stadium Halton, Lower House Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ
Friday 25th March 2016, 15:00
Super League - Round: 7
Chris Sandow, Tom Lineham, Kurt Gidley, Ryan Atkins, Ben Currie,
Tom Gilmore, Rhys Hanbury,
Kurt Gidley 4,
Attendance: 15,008 Official: B Thaler Venue: Halliwell Jones Stadium
Full Time Report
Warrington Wolves leapfrogged Widnes Vikings to the top of First Utility Super League with a 28-10 victory in the Cheshire derby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Wolves produced a fine comeback, recovering from trailing 10-0 after 24 minutes, to secure their seventh consecutive win.
Widnes, without playmaker Kevin Brown, were ahead when Tom Gilmore took advantage of poor defending from two kicks to cross before Rhys Hanbury converted his own try after racing clear.
But Warrington scored twice in two minutes, through Chris Sandow and a great finish in the corner from Tom Lineham, to narrow a deficit that was wiped out at the interval when Kurt Gidley kicked a penalty.
Warrington then absorbed intense pressure from the Vikings after the interval, until Gidley converted his own try to pull the Wolves clear after 51 minutes.
Ryan Atkins then plucked a high kick out of the air to crash over and Ben Currie secured the two points six minutes from time.
Warrington coach Tony Smith is refusing to get carried away despite seeing the Wolves secure their best start to a campaign for 66 years.
Smith said: "It is a nice position to be in, I can't deny that, but we don't spend a lot of time focusing on where we are in the table because we know how far there is to go. But it has been a nice start for us.
"We probably weren't at our best in the first half, we were a little bit flat, but in the second half we were very committed. We showed that on our own tryline defensively. We felt if we kept grinding away we would come home pretty strong and it turned out that way.
"But I thought Widnes tried really hard. They fought hard and made a real contest of it."
Widnes coach Denis Betts accepted his side ran out of steam in what was the 250th competitive clash between the clubs.
Betts said: "We just lacked a little bit of composure, a little bit of initiative. We just tried to fall over the line.
"We had all this possession, all this territory, all the opportunities - but they came out with points. They went the length of the field. That drains your energy but that is the mark of a good side.
"We're a bit filthy about the scoreline but it was a great game. It was a tough, physical encounter and it was tight for a large part of the game. It wasn't for the lack of effort. I am really proud of the players."