Daniel Vidot scored a brace of tries as Salford sank Widnes to their eighth successive league defeat.
The winger, who made his debut just two weeks ago in the cup defeat to Castleford, showed signs of his best as he helped Ian Watson’s men reclimb the table.
Vidot ensured Salford got a fast start, finishing in the corner inside four minutes to put the Red Devils ahead.
But Widnes, strengthened thanks to the return of Chris Bridge and Kevin Brown, responded just four minutes later as Rhys Hanbury spotted a gap in the line to record his ninth try of the season.
The game’s momentum swung either way for twenty minutes until Chris Bridge took Denis Betts’ men in front. The Vikings seemed to have the game in their hands shortly after as Rhys Hanbury took the lead to eight points.
If Widnes’ current form was anything to go by, you wouldn’t be far wrong if you said their two-try lead couldn’t be capitalised on.
Justin Carney powered fifteen minutes into the second period to reduce the arrears, with Gareth O’Brien converting to bring his side right back into the contest.
The mounting Salford pressure eventually told when Robert Lui recovered the loose ball from a high kick, offloading to Vidot who found himself with the edge on the Widnes defence in the corner for his second try of the afternoon.
Just as Rhys Hanbury had consolidated Widnes’ lead with a penalty kick in the first half, opposite number Gareth O’Brien did the same shortly after. Only this time, the lead was here to stay.
And it seems like the same old story for Widnes’ dramatic slide down the table, suffering losses in numerous games where they could have had the game wrapped up in the first half – Castleford and Wakefield at home spring to mind straight away.
In round sixteen, both teams face tough tests at home. Salford host Wakefield and Widnes play Huddersfield – and I know which team looks more like winning.
Salford 18 (4)
Tries: Daniel Vidot (x20), Justin Carney (x1)
Goals: Gareth O’Brien (x2), Michael Dobson (x1)
Widnes 12 (12)
Tries: Rhys Hanbury (x1), Chris Bridge (x1)
Goals: Rhys Hanbury (x2)