Widnes stunned Castleford, with a fantastic 44-20 victory away from home, this evening.
A crowd of 6,007 watched on as the Tigers' 100% record, disappeared into thin darkness, while Widnes now move clear at the top of the table.
In truth, the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game, with both sides tussling, but with Widnes edging it in all quarters.
It took just five minutes for Widnes to break the Widnes ranks – a superbly placed kick into the corner turned Cas winger Michael Wainwright around, only to be beaten to the ball by Widnes' speedy winger Gavin Dodd.
The Tigers failed to put a stamp on the game, and their talent of late diminished, with Cas rarely excelling in attack – Danny Brough having a particularly torrid time.
But it was Brough's quick thinking which got the Tigers back into the game, when Widnes, penalised for offside from a scrumdown, were caught napping by Brough who fired out a long pass for Richard Owen to skip onto and cross.
That was to be the final try of the first half, and last points, savour for a penalty goal from 45 metres out right in front of the posts from Nanyn, to give Widnes a 12-4 advantage going into half-time.
The second half got worse for Castleford, as their defence became leakier still, shipping a total of six tries.
Ryan Boyle had a try disallowed from referee Peter Taberner for a knock on, however replays seem to suggest that that could have been a potentially wrong decision on the official's part.
But Widnes did not want to allow their closest rivals a luxury of winning a bonus point, and pushed themselves right for the full eighty minutes – not that they needed to – with further scores from Bob Beswick and Blanch.
Donlan crossed for his second right on the siren, but it was a case of too little too late for a disappointing performance for the Tigers.
Widnes will be in a jubilant mood after a near-exemplary performance, even though it all boils down to one match.
Full time score from The Jungle: Castleford 22-40 Widnes Vikings.
Produced with permission from Mark Fullilove [RugbyLeagueForums.co.uk]