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Try hero Jack Owens reflects on Widnes Vikings' stunning win against Warrington Wolves
12:55pm Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
TEENAGE star Jack Owens wants Widnes Vikings to use Thursday’s sensational backs-to-the-wall win against Warrington Wolves to kick-on to the next level.
The 19-year-old winger got on the end of two kicks and fired over towering touchline conversions in a man-of-the-match performance that helped 12-man Vikings to a first Super League double over the old enemy since 2004.
Probably Vikings’ gutsiest ever Super League showing, it came two weeks after a 72-10 drubbing at Hull as an improved but once again inconsistent season draws to a close.
“One week we’re conceding 40-odd points at home to Castleford and the next we’re winning with 12 men at Warrington, who we kept scoreless in the second half,” said the ex-Halton Hornets junior, who added that belief was key to success at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
“It is frustrating. We know we’re better than that. We believe we’re a top six side and we now need to finish the season as strongly as we can and then kick-on next year.”
Having previously been sat in the stands as a lifelong fan watching Widnes suffer heavy defeats to Warrington, he knows how much the win meant to all concerned with the club.
“To make my debut in the ‘derby’ and be involved in such a win is great,” said the former Saints Peter and Paul pupil.
“It’s the biggest game of the season for the fans. To beat Warrington at home and then to beat them away is the most made-up feeling of my career and I’m definitely going to treasure it.”
The occasion had its sour points too, unfortunately.
Hooker Grant Gore faces nine months on the sidelines with the fractured kneecap he sustained in a collision midway through the first half.
Hep Cahill’s season is also over after gaining a two-match suspension for the high tackle on Warrington full back Brett Hodgson, resulting in his dismissal.
Meanwhile, Danny Tickle, who has signed for Vikings next year, goes for glory in the Challenge Cup Final for Hull against his former club Wigan at Wembley on Saturday.
Vikings are next in action at home to Hull KR on Sunday, September 1, kick off 3pm.
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