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Four Pointers: Widnes 32-4 Catalan

Kevin Brown Proving Himself?

Much like lots of Widnes’ good play this year, yesterday’s action was directed through Vikings skipper Kevin Brown. But in recent weeks, Brown has failed to influence the game in quite the same way as he is usually renowned for.

Sunday’s performance by the Englishman had a lot to do with proving himself as a Widnes player, following continued speculation about a move to St Helens to cure the Saints’ half-back saga.

Brown even included a piece in the matchday programme about committing to the club, and every aspect of his play, from the shot on Todd Carney, to the well-drilled attacking moves, definitely showed that, from his part, he looks set to stay a Viking.

Catalan off the pace

Throughout the match, Catalan didn’t seem up for a scrap, and there were defining moments in the away side’s performance that epitomised this. In the second half, Aaron Heremaia was allowed to run straight through the Dragons line, without resistance, as the hooker provided himself with about the easiest finish you’ll see.

But even in the first half after Dave Taylor barged his way over, the kick from right under the sticks was missed. Speaking of kicks, Todd Carney’s effort that went out on the full was another example of Catalan’s weary performance.

Momentum for the Eights?

Widnes’ performance on Sunday could be a good sign for the Super Eights if the same is produced in the next seven games – every player looked sharp and ready for everything that came their way.

In fact, Widnes now have license to play however they like – they have been criticised for following a strict, rugged game plan in the past, and this might just be the perfect opportunity to play with a bit more freedom.

Deflated Dragons

Sunday’s result was the Dragons’ sixth defeat in a row in all competitions – a run that has seen them slip to fifth and exit the Challenge Cup. St Helens, who have had their critics this season, have in fact managed to leapfrog Laurent Fraysinnous’ men into fourth spot.

The Dragons will need to regain their early season form if they hope to make it back into the top four.

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