Widnes defeated Huddersfield 36-18 to return to the top of the table, claiming their first win at the John Smith’s Stadium since 1996.
Kevin Brown and Corey Thompson were just two of the away side’s star performers, as Denis Betts’ men made it three wins from four in the new campaign.
Second-row Chris Dean opened the scoring in the twelfth minute, before a long, looping pass from Kevin Brown allowed winger Stefan Marsh to extend his side’s lead in the corner.
The early pressure from the Vikings soon told, as full-back Aaron Murphy spilled a high kick, providing Widnes centre Charly Runciman with the easiest of finishes under the sticks.
Huddersfield’s first real contribution to the game came as late as the 34rd minute, as Jermaine McGillvary and Michael Lawrence exchanged some neat passes, before the latter finished with five minutes to go until the break.
The away side soon capitalised on a sin-bin for Nathan Mason, with substitute Macgraff Leuluai penetrating the Giants’ goal-line defence just before the hooter.
The Vikings’ dominance continued immediately into the second half, with Stefan Marsh scoring his second brace in three games with 41 minutes gone.
Corey Thompson then added to the scoreline, before Larne Patrick claimed his side’s second effort of the match. Thompson then added his second, but the game’s last score came from the Giant’s Jamie Foster, who scored his second try in as many games since his Huddersfield debut against Wigan.
The result leaves Huddersfield still without any points to their name, while Widnes are once again flying high and sitting pretty at the top of the table. The two remaining winless sides, Huddersfield and Leeds, meet on Friday, while Widnes are in action against Hull KR.
Huddersfield and Leeds, meet on Friday, while Widnes are in action against Hull KR.
Huddersfield 18 (6)
Tries: Michael Lawrence (x1), Larne Patrick (x1), Jamie Foster (x1)
Goals: Jamie Foster (x3)
Widnes 36 (22)
Tries: Corey Thompson (x2), Stefan Marsh (x2), Chris Dean (x1), Charly Runciman (x1), Macgraff Leuluai (x1)
Goals: Rhys Hanbury (x4)