Widnes ended the first phase of the First Utility Super League season in seventh place after defeating Catalan 32-4 at the Select Security Stadium on Sunday.
Denis Betts’ men will now play three home games and four away games in the Super Eights, as will Catalan, who finished fifth after yesterday’s result.
The home side opened the scoring after eight minutes through Corey Thompson, who was also on kicking duties due to Rhys Hanbury’s absence – the first of which was successful.
The Dragons responded within four minutes, as Dave Taylor recovered from a trip to barge his way over the line. But Catalan didn’t seem up for the task for most of the game, epitomised by the missed conversion from under the sticks.
Widnes dominated soon after, with Patrick Ah Van adding another score, but Thompson failing to convert. His miss was soon redeemed through a brace of penalty kicks provided by the Australian before half-time.
Joe Mellor continued his good form after the break, taking the initiative to score under the sticks while the opposition stopped for what they thought was a knock on by Hep Cahill – not given, but Mellor didn’t mind.
Aaron Heremaia was next to score, after receiving a brilliant offload and fancying his chances with a run at the weary Catalan line – rewarded by breaking through without any resistance and finishing easily.
The final try came from Stefan Marsh, who had space to slide over in the corner and top off a brilliant win for his side.
The two teams will meet again in the Super Eights in Perpignan, as Catalan play hosts to the Vikings at the Stade Gilbert Brutus for the second time this year.
Widnes Vikings 32 (14)
Tries: Corey Thompson (x1), Patrick Ah Van (x1), Joe Mellor (x1), Aaron Heremaia (x1), Stefan Marsh (x1)
Goals: Corey Thompson (x3), Stefan Marsh (x3)
Catalan Dragons 4 (4)
Tries: Dave Taylor (x1)