Vikings refreshed and raring to go

Eamonn O'Carroll

Eamonn O'Carroll

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VIKINGS will be aiming to sign off their last home game of the season in fine style when they entertain Wigan on Friday.

With three Super League games to play Vikings are desperately clinging on to the last play-off spot while Wigan are hoping to pinch the League Leaders’ Shield from St Helens.

Vikings come into the game refreshed after their first weekend break in the season since the start of the 2014 campaign — and Denis Betts is also in the fortunate position of being able to choose from a fully-fit squad.

Vikings and seventh-placed Catalan are two points ahead of Hull KR going into the home straight, and with away games at a surprisingly rejuvenated Bradford and big-spending Salford to come, the points will have to be battled for.

Betts said: “The break has been good, but some of the lads still came in and did extra work.

“We have had a week off but now the tests don’t get any easier.

“Wigan will be a tough one off the back of their performance last time, but Shaun Wane will not be easing up on them at all.

“That is the challenge for us because Hull KR, Salford and Hull are all battling away there to try and get above us and Catalan, so that makes for an interesting few contests these next three weeks.”

Last year’s double winners Wigan have gone off the boil a touch in recent weeks, scraping a draw at Hull KR in their last outing.

Betts said: “We like big games and have had some strong performances in some big games.

“We can’t really emphasise enough how important our last home game is. Our supporters have been great this year and the lads have put on some fantastic displays. It is nice to be in this position at this stage of the year, nice to look at our squad and pick people that we want to.

“Coming to the end of the year Eamon O’Carroll has been getting better and better since he made his comeback and Phil Joseph played ok last week. We are raring to go.”

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