Rugby League - Warrington stunned by Vikings

Widnes pulled off a derby shock as they toppled high-flying Warrington 38-32 in front of a capacity crowd at the Stobart Stadium.

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Rugby League - Warrington stunned by Vikings

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Paddy Flynn scored a brace of tries for Widnes

Rhys Hanbury and Paddy Flynn crossed for two tries each and Pat Ah Van landed seven goals and a try himself, but it was the power in the pack from Hep Cahill, Jon Clarke and the outstanding Gareth Hock that gave Widnes the edge and paved the way for victory.

Warrington did not bring their best game and Widnes made them pay as they climbed to ninth place in Super League table.

Tries from Ah Van and Hanbury had inched Widnes ahead at half-time, with only a Chris Riley effort in response from the Wolves after what was a poor 40 minutes from the Challenge Cup holders.

However after a probable half-time ear-bashing from coach Tony Smith the Wolves came out hunting and Rhys Evans brought the teams level before Richie Myler put Warrington 18-12 in front.

Widnes hit back, as Flynn squeezed in at the corner.

The goal kickers had not missed by this stage and Ah Van struck a penalty goal to extend his haul after Gareth Carvell was penalised for a swinging arm.

That penalty inspired Widnes and gave them confidence to press on, and Cahill sent in Hanbury for a well-worked try, and then Chris Dean scorched through to send in Lloyd White for a decisive score.

Riley hauled one back for Warrington but it was merely a consolation.

Flynn had the final say at the death to put the gloss on victory for the jubilant hosts.

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