CENTRE Tim Hartley bagged 22 points as Widnes Vikings defeated arch-rivals Leigh Centurions 30-12 at Stobart Stadium Halton.

It was the culmination of a perfect Easter weekend for Steve McCormack's men who made it six points out of six following their dramatic last-gasp win at Batley on Good Friday.

Hartley was the hero on that occasion too with his late try but there were plenty in Vikings colours who deserved their share of the glory against the Centurions.

Half-back pairing John Duffy and Lee Paterson totally outplayed their opposites while the Vikings forwards constantly kept the Vikings on the front foot.

Widnes got off to a dream start on the back of a couple of Leigh errors.

Impressive prop Iain Morrison took advantage when he romped over from Mark Smith's flat pass.

The impeccable Hartley converted and added a penalty to make it 8-0 before Leigh hit back through an unconverted try to fullback Steve Maden.

Hartley's second penalty pushed the Vikings further ahead before he scored his first try from Paterson's exquisite cut-out pass.

It looked as though the Vikings would take a 16-4 lead into the break but Leigh centre Mark Roberts had other ideas as he forced his way over wide out despite the attentions of two Widnes tacklers.

It was the sort of game where one felt the first score of the second half would be crucial.

It always looked likely to be the Vikings who came up with it and so it proved as the Paterson-Hartley double act produced a carbon copy of their first-half score.

Yet another indiscretion in the tackle saw another two points added and the game was in the bag when ex-Saints centre Ian Hardman stretched over for a one-handed touchdown by the corner flag.

Hartley's touchline conversion was his seventh successful goal of the afternoon.

A late try to winger Nathan McAvoy will have done little to improve the mood of Leigh's travelling fans.

Widnes: Yates: Gaskell, Hardman (1t), Hartley (2t,7g), Dodd; Paterson, Duffy; Morrison (1t), Smith, Gannon, Hill, Noone, Beswick. Subs: Grady, Gallagher, Donoghue, Draper.