The Vikings pulled off the shock of the night, twice coming from two scores behind to defeat last season’s minor premiers Huddersfield.
Huddersfield regained the lead early in the second half through Eorl Crabtree, and two Danny Brough penalties put them 20-12 in front, only for Widnes to mount a fine comeback just as it looked like the game might be going away from them.
First, Joe Mellor pounced on a loose ball to go in under the sticks, and Jack Owens and Hanbury combined on the left late on to give the Vikings the edge, and they held out at the death to record their second win of their season, and their fifth straight Super League win.
In France, Catalan’s difficult start to 2014 continued as they were soundly beaten 40-12 by Leeds.
The Dragons, who suffered a heavy defeat to Castleford last time out, led 6-0 after 20 minutes through Michael Oldfield‘s try, but Joel Moon, Brett Delaney and Tom Briscoe had the Rhinos 18-6 up at the break.
But Castleford made sure of the win thanks to Owen’s hat-trick score and an Oliver Holmes try, to add to their wins at Bradford and against Catalan so far this season.