VETERAN Vikings centre Chris Bridge believes the comprehensive manner in which they despatched Featherstone Rovers sets them up nicely for their crunch clash with Leigh.

Bridge grabbed a hat-trick in the 11-try triumph over the Championship outfit to make it back-to-back success in the Middle 8s campaign.

But the real games are in front of them - with the matches at Leigh, Hull KR and Catalans in particular deciding which teams avoid the sudden death million pound game.

Bridge, who calls time on a long career at the end of the season, was happy with the clinical way they put the Championship outfit to the sword.

“I think we need to be putting teams away like that,” he said.

“We’ve talked about it as a group and we know it’ll be good for the points difference.

“Scoring tries is good but it doesn’t really matter to me, I was more disappointed that I didn’t put Stefan in for his hat-trick too!

“It’s another game chalked off for us, we move on now and look forward to the Leigh game.”

With this weekend’s programme blank for the Challenge Cup Final, Vikings will travel to Leigh on September 3.

Centurions themselves had a fine victory in France at the weekend, so the local rivals will be geared up for this.

Experienced packman Hep Cahill believes the Vikings need to take the positives from the Featherstone performance and build on it ahead of the trip to Leigh.

Cahill said: “It was good to see us build a lot of pressure from the start. We now need to take that into every game moving forward.

“We know how important each game is, we have this one ticked off and we now have to keep working on our performance.

“It was a good performance and we was happy with our defence as well.

“If we play like that moving forward, it’s going to make the next games a lot easier for us.”

“We got to take each game as it comes and we know how tough it’s going to be.

“We’ve got to maintain the performance against Featherstone moving forward.”

We’ve got two results back-to-back now, and we’ve got a big couple of weeks of training ahead of the Leigh game.”