Super League: Widnes Vikings 26-6 Catalans Dragons
|Betfred Super League|
|Widnes (12) 26|
|Tries: Buchanan, Hanbury, Thompson, Dudson Goals: Thompson 3, Hanbury 2|
|Catalans (6) 6|
|Tries: Moa Goals: Walsh|
Widnes won for the second time in seven days to rise above Leigh at the foot of the Super League table.
Fresh from Monday's 28-20 win at home to Leeds, the Vikings ran in four tries to beat Catalans Dragons.
Converted tries from Jack Buchanan and Rhys Hanbury earned the hosts a half-time lead, Dragons replying with Sam Moa's try, improved by Luke Walsh.
Widnes then wrapped it up with second-half tries from Corey Thompson, who added three kicks, and Gil Dudson.
The Vikings, now within four points of eighth-placed Catalans, have won both their home games since bringing in playmaker Rangi Chase on loan from leaders Castleford.
Widnes coach Denis Betts:
"They were carrying knocks and injuries and so were we but we've come out on top. On another day we score 40 points against them.
"We tried to speed it up, they tried to slow it down but we eventually got the better of them. They were travelling and we knew how we had to get them by playing fast.
"We could have been further ahead and I believe we've failed to shut the game down. It was a battle of energy and a case of who was the least beaten up on the back of three games in 10 days.
"Their discipline fell away in the end and we made the most of that."
Catalans joint-caretaker Jerome Guisset:
"We find ourselves in a very precarious position now. We are on the back end of some very tough calls but we cannot play the victim - we have to dig ourselves out of it.
"We played with 12 men for the third game in a row and we have to look at that. We are frustrated at the moment but we can only control what we can control.
"However, the players have to realise that if we do not stand up and work much harder during crucial times in games then all of our lives are going to change. I've been involved in the game a long, long time and we have to realise this."
Widnes: Hanbury; Ince, Bridge, Runciman, Thompson; Heremaia, Chase; Dudson, Johnstone, Buchanan, Houston, Whitley, Cahill.
Replacements: D Walker, Manuokafoa, Olbison, J Chapelhow.
Catalans Dragons: Gigot; Thornley, Inu, Romano, Yaha; Walsh, Myler; Moa, Aiton, Casty, Duport, Bird, Dezaria.
Replacements: Simon, Da Costa, Seguier, Margalet.
Referee: Ben Thaler (RFL).