Super League Review: Vikings rampage to victory


Patrick Ah Van claimed two of Widnes Vikings' seven tries as they cruised to a 40-8 Super League victory over Wakefield Wildcats.

The visitors arrived at the Select Security Stadium having shipped 144 points in their previous three games and were quickly on the receiving end once again as converted tries from Ah Van, Rhys Hanbury and Matt Whitley took the hosts out to an 18-0 lead within the opening 19 minutes.

Corey Thompson moved Widnes further ahead before the break, with Stefan Marsh and Lloyd White also finding the line for Denis Betts' side.

Craig Hall and Ben Jones-Bishop replied in kind for the Yorkshiremen as they slumped to their seventh defeat in eight games.

Despite their impressive victory, Widnes, like Wakefield, remain out of play-off contention.

In the Super League Qualifiers, meanwhile, Ryan Brierley helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as Huddersfield Giants secured a resounding 58-28 win at Batley.

Leroy Cudjoe also found the line twice for Rick Stone's men, as did Tom Symonds.

It was an altogether tighter affair at the Bigfellas Stadium where hosts Featherstone Rovers were beaten 30-18 by Leigh Centurions.

The visitors had looked set for a relatively comfortable win when Micky Higham's try took them out to a 22-8 lead with only 17 minutes remaining.

But two tries in as many minutes from Luke Briscoe and Kyle Briggs brought Rovers right back into it and it took a late score from Gareth Hock to secure the win for Leigh, who move a step closer to making a Super League return.