BUOYED by Friday’s improved performance at Hull FC, interim coach Francis Cummins expects Widnes Vikings to tackle St Helens on Friday with renewed confidence.

Cummins says his side are not going to the runaway Super League leaders to simply make up the numbers - despite it being a top v bottom affair.

Although last week’s defeat means Vikings are now confirmed to be fighting for their Super League status in the middle 8 Qualifiers, rendering their next four games inconsequential on the table, they will want to approach this key part of the season with some form.

And for Cummins, that means building on the close shave at Hull.

He said: “I feel like we have turned a page in belief – if we stick to what we do in practice then we look really good.

“We have gone toe-to-toe with one of the big clubs and were there and in a position to win that game.

“We have had a decent performance, but we are still not the finished article.

“We have had a look at some stuff where with a little bit more composure we could have put them under pressure.

“We are not going to St Helens to make up the numbers.

“We have got to be confident on how we can take that team apart.

“It is easier said than done but the challenge is good.

“They have a confidence about themselves now that have to keep building and growing.”

St Helens have the most potent attack in the competition, but have doubts over Ben Barba, Tommy Makinson and Ryan Morgan.

Cummins is aware of what the Saints offer, but added: “It is a team game – and we have to stick to our structures and play if it is on.

“But we have to be better than last week - if we do then we have chance of winning the game.

“If we learn from last week then I will be happy.”

The game kicks off at 8pm.