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Widnes 14 Warrington 52
5:31pm Sunday 9th September 2012 in Vikings news
VIKINGS have ended their first season back in Super League with the wooden spoon despite a spirited effort against a classy Wolves side.
Although they put in a big effort, they were up against it against a Warrington side that had the ability to cash in on every mistake made by the men in a black and white jesrsey.
Although Vikings took the lead through a Frank Winterstein try after six minutes, Mickey Higham soon levelled from close range and then the rest of the half belonged to the Wolves.
They racked up scores through Rhys Williams, Chris Riley, Stefan Ratchford and David Solomona to take a 22-6 interval lead.
Although it was always going to be about damage limitation from that point, Widnes dug in and showed their spirit, even though the writing was on the wall again when Riley zipped in for his second.
Vikings hooker Paul McShane went in from dummy half, damaging his ankle in the process and being helped off the field.
Further Wolves tries came from Chris Hill and Higham’s second, but Vikings hit back again when Rhys Hanbury touched down Joe Mellor’s diagonal grubber.
But late tries from Ryan Atkins and Paul Wood took the score past the half century to bring the curtain down on the season.
Widnes: Owens; Flynn, Dean, Phelps, Isa; Mellor, Hanbury; Davies, Clarke, Pickersgill, Winterstein, Allen, Haggerty. Subs: Kavanagh, Leuluai, Gerrard, McShane.
Warrington: Ratchford; Riley, Bridge, Atkins, Williams; Briers, Myler; Wood, Higham, Hill, McCarthy, Grix, Harrison. Subs: Morley, Cooper, Blythe, Solomona.
Ref: S. Ganson.