WIDNES Vikings coach Simon Finnigan accepted that the scrappiness and rustiness shown in parts of the team's play on Sunday were to be expected given it was the only the team's second game in a year.

Vikings still managed to post a comprehensive Challenge Cup win against Whitehaven to progress into the last 16, where they will meet last year's beaten finalists Salford Red Devils.

And as an added bonus it takes them into the semis of the 1895 Cup - so 80 minutes from Wembley.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

Finnigan said: "It was a little bit scrappy and rusty and our ball control wasn't great, particularly in the second half.

"But its only our second game in 12 months and we are going to get things wrong at this stage of the season - I've got to accept that."

Vikings pack was strong in confronting the Haven six - with Finnegan praising the contribution of Paul Clough, Owen Farnworth and Kenny Baker.

Runcorn and Widnes World:

"I thought Cloughy was excellent, particularly when you consider he has not played for a long time.

"Owen Farnworth and Kenny Baker were immense - and we drew a huge amount of positives from that."