Vikings get bounce back

First published in Sport Runcorn and Widnes World: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

VIKINGS will bounce into their second successive derby on Friday night with confidence sky high after spectacularly bursting the Warrington bubble.

After some shaky form of late, Denis Betts’ men ended the Wolves’ ten-game winning run on a day dedicated to the late Pat Price.

The win was just what was needed to restore some faith ahead of next month’s landmark Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford.

And the two points were also vital to stop Vikings sliding out of the play-off spots.

But Vikings must now take that confidence to Langtree Park (8pm) where they go in search of a first summer era double over the Saints.

Betts said: “It's been a tough place for the players over the last seven or eight weeks.

“We got ourselves in a good position in the league, then we got a couple of injuries and got a couple of players back so we’ve kind of held the team together for the last three or four weeks.

“Getting that really good start from us this game and to build a nil lead against such a good attacking side as Warrington was a great first half.

“We knew what they'd come out with in the second half and for us not just to withstand it but to come back and score some more points was a great performance.”

Vikings have come out on top in the last two Saints encounters, with Widnes winning the Easter Monday fixture against an admittedly depleted opposition.

And in May 2013 Vikings won 35-28 at Langtree Park.

One player keen to impress again will be hooker Liam Carberry, who is one of three Vikings playing against their hometown club.

Hooker Carberry shone against Warrington in his first game back after breaking his leg in pre-season.

Saints expect to have Luke Walsh back at scrum half after injury.

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