Rovers were only behind for a short period in the first half and developed an 18-4 lead, but survived a second half Vikings revival to take the two points back home to Craven Park.
But Rovers didn’t take long to respond. Michael Dobson orchestrated a brilliant move down the left side. The break was made by the Australian before offloading to David Hodgson. Hodgson quickly passed back to Dobson for him to score under the posts.
Rovers extended their lead through Ryan O’Hara. Widnes’ discipline cost the Vikings territory, and O’Hara used all of his strength to get over the Vikings’ line.
Josh Hodgson scored for Rovers next to the posts with 15 minutes of the first half remaining, but they could have had even more points. David Hodgson intercepted a Widnes pass, but didn’t have the legs to go all the way to the Vikings try line.
Widnes started the second half stronger after five minutes, when Kurt Haggerty scored under the posts. The Vikings’ pressure on kicker Michael Dobson was enough to force the ball loose, and Haggerty reacted to narrow Rovers’ lead.
Rovers, similar to the first half, quickly struck back after Widnes’ try. Ben Galea broke the Vikings’ line and reached out to ground the ball over the home side’s try line.
But Danny Craven caught Hull KR napping with a move that was certainly not from the training ground. Craven’s high kick was caught by Willie Isa on Widnes right side. Isa improvised on the last tackle, and grubber kicked the ball for Craven to chase, catch and score in the corner.
Graeme Horne nudged Rover further ahead, and Dobson converted to give his side an eight point lead as the game reached the final quarter of an hour.
But Widnes failed to concede the game, and with less than seven minutes remaining Hanbury scored a crucial try for Widnes. Patrick Ah Van’s break on the Vikings’ right side of the field created the momentum. Ah Van was being chased down by Rovers’ scrambling defenders, but his grubber kick forward was collected by the chasing Hanbury to score under the posts.
The Vikings were only two points down when Sheriff scored the final try with three minutes remaining.
Widnes scores: T- Mellor, Marsh, Haggerty, Craven, Hanbury. G- Hanbury (3)
Hull KR scores: T- Dobson, O’Hara, J Hodgson, Galea, Horne, Sheriff. G- Dobson (4)
Widnes: Owens; Isa, Marsh, Dean, Ah Van; Mellor, Hanbury; Cross, McShane, Pickersgill; Winterstein, Allen, Cahill. Subs: Davies, Kite, Haggerty, Craven.
Hull KR: Sheriff; Salter, Webster, Heil, D Hodgson; Green, Dobson; Clinton, J Hodgson, O’Hara; Laithwaite, Galea, Petersen. Subs: Paea, Withers, Horne, Griffin.
Half time: 8-18
Referee: Thierry Alibert
Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook extended the home side’s lead before Scott Grix scored for Huddersfield 10 minutes from the first half’s end.
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