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Vikings suffer in Rhinos romp

Widnes' wait for their first win back in Super League continued as Leeds handed them a fourth straight defeat on Sunday, winning 44-16.

The newly-crowned world champions, who led 22-10 at the break at the Stobart Stadium, ran in eight tries including a brace from Ben Jones-Bishop, Rob Burrow and Ryan Hall.

But it was a gutsy display by the Vikings who have now lost their last five matches against Leeds since 2003.

Leeds rested Jamie Peacock, who received an MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, with Ryan Bailey, Chris Clarkson and Jamie Jones-Buchanan also out.

The Rhinos had Richie Moore, the close-season signing from Crusaders, on the bench with Darrell Griffin making his first start for the club after his arrival from Huddersfield.

Ian Kirke and Jay Pitts made first appearances of the season.

Widnes recalled Hep Cahill and Simon Finnigan, who were suspended for a breach of club discipline for the 38-18 home defeat by Salford, but Scott Moore, the third player suspended, will be sidelined another month with a broken jaw.

Widnes made a bright start, although it needed a desperate David Allen tackle to halt Zak Hardaker.

Ben Davies was held up over the line and skipper Jon Clarke spilled a difficult pass to let Leeds off the hook.

But then the Rhinos broke loose to race over for three tries in five minutes and surge into an 18-0 lead.

Jones-Bishop began the spree by finishing off a spectacular 90 metre move started by Brent Webb and then took a return pass from Danny McGuire to finish off in style in the 17th minute.

Then Burrow scampered over after Ryan Hall had been stopped by Paddy Flynn and Shaun Briscoe.

Burrow added his second from McGuire's pass with Widnes having no answer to the Rhinos' pace.

But Widnes hit back with two tries in three minutes with Patrick Ah Van taking Rhys Hanbury's long pass to go over in the corner with the Rhinos defence stretched.

A touch of good fortune saw Ah Van's kick rebound off Carl Ablett for the winger to put Hanbury over and cut the gap to 18-10.

Jones-Bishop notched his second try following smart play from Burrow and Kallum Watkins to fire Leeds ahead 22-10 at half-time before McGuire was denied a try by Anthony Mullally's tackle.

Sinfield was held up over the line by more determined Widnes defence, but there was no denying Hall after 50 minutes with the winger going over from Webb's pass.

Widnes fans applauded the Vikings' gutsy effort, but a deflection off a defender gave Hardaker his first try of the season from Paul McShane's looping pass and Sinfield landed the touchline conversion on the hour.

Flynn deserved his try for an enthusiastic show 10 minutes from time with Ah Van's touchline conversion make it 34-16 before Watkins added the Rhinos seventh try.

McGuire unselfishly kicked ahead for Hall to bag his second try in the 76th minute and complete the rout.