Widnes edge closer to safety

Widnes made a huge step towards Super League safety with an impressive 24-8 victory at the Leigh Sports Village.

The damage was done in the first half as the Vikings went in 14-0 ahead thanks to tries from Lloyd White, Alex Gerrard and three goals.

Second half scores from Rhys Hanbury and Corey Thompson ensured victory, with tries from James Clare and Matty Dawson in vain for the hosts.

Widnes made an excellent start with a try after just four minutes as White darted over from dummy-half. Hanbury was unable to convert but kicked two penalty goals shortly after.

Having survived some sustained Leigh pressure, the visitors extended their lead when Gerrard powered his way over from 10 metres out. Hanbury’s conversion made it 14-0 to the Vikings at half-time.

Leigh started the second half well and gave their fans hope when Clare scored on his competitive debut, but Widnes responded as Thompson went in to restore breathing space.

The Centurions were back within touching distance when Dawson grabbed their second four-pointer but the match was put to bed when Bridge kicked two penalty goals to secure the 24-8 victory.