Widnes have retained the Karalius Cup with a 30-16 win over St Helens at Langtree Park.
Saints took the lead early on when former Vikings fullback Jack Owens fed Mark Percival to score in the left hand corner, but Widnes levelled things up when Patrick Ah Van collected a loose ball off Stefan Marsh to find his way over.
A fine opportunistic try from Joe Mellor, who raced 40 metres under the sticks from a quick tap penalty, gave Widnes the lead for the first and they were never to be behind after that.
Jordan Turner got up highest to claim Luke Walsh’s kick, with the latter’ conversion squaring the scores at 10-10, but Widnes led at the break thanks to Rhys Hanbury’s converted try.
The visitors made a strong start to the second half and two blistering scores put them well in control.
The first came down the right hand side, Corey Thompson set away by Mellor and then passing inside for Hanbury to score his second.
Then Kevin Brown ran a short side play to send Chris Dean and Ah Van away down the left, with hooker Lloyd White finishing off the break in the corner.
A scrappy final quarter saw Saints create some hope of a comeback through Turner, but Widnes had the final say when Paddy Flynn took Bridge’s pass to score in the right corner.