Kevin Brown knocked his old club out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with a match-winning performance in Warrington Wolves' gripping 34-20 sixth-round win over Widnes Vikings.
The England stand-off left the Vikings for their arch-rivals in the close season and he was the difference at the Halliwell Jones Stadium with a hat-trick of tries.
Widnes, bottom of Betfred Super League and without 12 senior players, took the lead through Greg Burke on 15 minutes but Ryan Atkins brought Warrington level midway through the first half.
The Vikings were on the back foot when Rhys Hanbury was sin-binned and former player Brown made the full-back pay by jinking his way over out wide.
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The visitors threatened once more to cause an upset when James Chapelhow stretched out for a try and a Patrick Ah Van penalty edged them ahead.
Brown dummied his way over to put Warrington back in front and Stefan Ratchford slotted over a penalty to make it 20-14.
Ah Van's try brought Widnes level again but Brown showed good strength to complete his treble before Matty Russell and Chris Hill made sure of a victory that booked Warrington a quarter-final date with Wigan Warriors.
Warrington coach Tony Smith said: "I'm delighted for Kev. He was under some vocal pressure even before the first whistle blew and responded well.
"I'm pleased for him. He came back from (England's match in) Australia with confidence and took that into the game today.
"He took them on and made some very good decisions. I think we will see more from Kev this year but that showed why we brought him here."
Widnes coach Denis Betts said: "I'm very proud. We were pretty confident going into the game. We had nothing to lose because the odds were stacked against us. We had three teenagers in that group and I thought all three of them were outstanding.
"The players are feeling a bit deflated because of the effort they have put in. We've taken a lot out of the last couple of weeks and put a couple of markers down.
"It was a momentous effort against a side stacked full of internationals on their home ground."