WIDNES Vikings head to Hull KR on Saturday buoyed by last week’s win at Leigh which puts them in a strong position to avoid the million pound game.

Two more wins should see Vikings on 10 points and probable safety, with the trip to Rovers followed by a home clash with London and finishing with the trek to Catalans.

But they will travel without Rhys Hanbury and Danny Craven for the clash.

Full back Hanbury has a torn abductor and is out for the remainder of the season, while Craven took a bang on the knee and is awaiting reports to ascertain the damage.

Coach Denis Betts said: “Losing Rhys is a blow because he was playing really well.

“But there is a chance Danny could make it back for the last couple of games – he is staying positive, but the short turnaround won’t help him.”

Corey Thompson will move to full back, with the option of Aaron Heremaia or Tom Gilmore taking the half back role.

“In the big games you want your experienced players out there,” Betts added.

“Aaron will be in the mix for that because he has been playing well year.”

Second-placed Rovers have got off to a perfect start to the Qualifiers campaign, but they now finish with games against three Super League teams.

“Hull KR are confident and winning games and have been on an eight-month pre-season training camp.

“If Rovers win they are looking at 10 points which should get them a top three spot. But if we win we are one win away from guaranteeing our own survival.

“They are a side you would expect to beat but you know that they have been prepared for this and are ready to go.

“It is a hostile place to go and tough place to win,” Betts said.

Hull KR were relegated last year after losing a golden point Million Pound game at home to Salford.

But they have set out their stall to strike back at the first opportunity.

Betts added: "Rovers have good ownership and support base and they are a Super League organisation in the way that they are structured.

"They have recruited well and retained full time status.

"Mose Masoe is a big fella and is a handful, but Justin Carney has made a big impact.

"Shaun Lunt has been a key to everything they do and everyone has jumped off the back of that."

Saturday’s game kicks off a 3.15pm.