Hull KR coach Chris Chester has hailed the Widnes forwards after his team lost 20-16 at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.
Rovers fought back from a 20-4 deficit at one stage to come close to stealing the game, but a weak first-half display cost Chester’s team in the end.
“Credit to Widnes, they got their tactics spot on in the first half,” the coach told his club’s official website.
“We knew they would take us on up the middle and they did. We had a few guys having to fill in there for us and Widnes really targeted that area.
“We weren’t good enough during that period, our kicking game wasn’t what it needed to be and we didn’t get any field position.
“We gave ourselves a lot to do but our effort was tremendous to get back in the game after half-time. Our fans really got behind us and credit to them, they travelled in big numbers again and made a lot of noise.
“With a couple of bounces of the ball and a couple of decisions going our way, we could have picked up the two points they deserved.
“We’ve got St Helens next on Friday and we’re excited for that match. They’re a very good side, they’ve won six from six and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”