Joe Mellor scored a brace of tries to help Widnes defeat Hull KR 30-16 and return to the top of the table.

Winger Corey Thompson, who now has eight tries in five games for the Vikings, added another brace to compound his brilliant start to the season.

Hull KR opened the scoring in the seventh minute, as Maurice Blair powered his way through the Vikings’ goal-line defence, who finally crumbled after conceding successive drop-outs from under the sticks.

Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury then levelled, as Corey Thompson’s inside pass found the Australian full-back in space to cross.

Half-back Joe Mellor then took his side in front with his first of the game, an exquisite run accompanied by unstoppable acceleration saw him touch down unopposed.

Thomas Minns brought the away side back into the contest, before Mellor tallied his second of the night to swing the momentum back in his side’s favour.

Corey Thompson then scored either side of the break to give his side a commanding lead. Ryan Shaw then converted his own try for the Robins, before the points were secured by Rhys Hanbury with a late penalty kick.

The result keeps Widnes top of the table after five games. They come up against Hull FC next Thursday, arguably one of the strongest sides this year, who will provide Denis Betts’ men with a stern test.

Hull KR are still looking for their first win of the season, and after Leeds secured their first two points against Huddersfield, the Robins drop to eleventh.

Widnes 30

Tries: Joe Mellor (x2), Corey Thompson (x2), Rhys Hanbury (x1)
Goals: Rhys Hanbury (x5)

Hull KR 16

Tries: Maurice Blair (x1), Thomas Minns (x1), Ryan Shaw (x1)
Goals: Ryan Shaw (x2)