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Rugby League: Widnes lesson for the Skolars.

Widnes 60

London Skolars 10

WIDNES coach Steve McCormack insisted there was room for improvement - despite seeing his side rack up a 60-10 Northern Rail Cup win over London Skolars.

The home side were rarely threatened and McCormack believes over eagerness to score was the reason behind a number of errors.

"It wasn't a classic but we got what we set out for which was a big win," he said. "People may complain about our execution as we tended not to be patient when in possession and either scored or lost the ball whereas last week against Leigh it was our patient approach that won us the game."

It was a third successive victory for the Vikings, who actually found themselves trailing to a Lydan Maituatry.

Toa Kohe-Love quickly levelled, then added his second which was converted by Mick Nanyn. Once the defences had been breached, the floodgates opened and Kohe-Love crossed twice more along with Scott Grix and Rob Draper before the break, which saw Widnes 40-4 to the good.

The second half followed a similar pattern, with London again the first to score when Dave Ellison crossed while Widnes were a man down with Lee Doran in the sinbin.

Paul Thorman converted to make it 40-10, but that was as close as the visitors got.

The home fans had to wait, but Widnes then ran in four tries in 11 minutes with Mark Smith and Grix pointing the way. Andy Kirkmarked his full debut with a try before Doran completed the try scoring.

Oliver Wilkes and Rich Louw were sent off in the last 10 minutes.

In the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup Widnes will visit Normanton Knights while Widnes St Maries go to Batley.

Carnegie Challenge Cup third round draw: Normanton Knights v Widnes, Castleford v Castleford Lock Lane, Gateshead v Limoux, Swinton v Locomotiv Moscow, Workington v Oulton Raiders, Keighley v Thornhill Trojans, Halifax v Eccles and Salford Juniors, Leigh Miners Rangers v Sheffield Eagles, West Hull v Barrow, Rochdale v Saddleworth, Celtic Crusaders v Hull Dockers or Eastmoor Dragons, Dewsbury v Leigh, Whitehaven v Doncaster, Batley v Widnes St Maries, Seaton Rangers or West Bowling v London Skolars, Blackpool v Pia, Featherstone v Drighlington, Hunslet v Rochdale Mayfield, East Hull v Oldham, York v Toulouse. Ties to be played on the weekend of March 10-11.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 26, 2007
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