Heremaia relishing Centurions contest

Heremaia relishing Centurions contest

21st June 2017

Aaron Heremaia is hoping that Widnes Vikings can record their third successive home victory when they take on his former Club, Leigh Centurions, tomorrow night (Thursday 22nd June - 8pm kick off). 

Heremaia played for Leigh Centurions in the National League in 2006, playing over 50 times for the Club, before spells at New Zealand Warriors, Hull FC and finally Widnes Vikings.

The 34-year old says that he is excited to be coming up against his old team, and knows of the threats that Neil Jukes’ side carry. 

“I always look out for this fixture. The Leigh fans are similar to ours, as they are very passionate,” he said.

“That passion is replicated on the field with their players, so I can’t wait for the game. Their forwards are very aggressive and they have a great half back in Josh Drinkwater, who controls the game well. 

“They have dangers across the park and we’re going to have be on our game if we want to win.”

The Centurions come into this fixture on the back of an outstanding 50-34 win over local rivals Wigan Warriors two weeks ago. Heremaia says that the away side will come into this game in a positive mood.

“They’ll definitely be coming here with lots of confidence,” he said.

“They battered Wigan, and they’ll be coming here confident  - but so are we. We’ve had a great month and we can’t wait to get back out there.”

The Vikings announced their 19-man squad earlier this week, and saw the return of the likes of Joe Mellor and Lloyd White. The hooker says their experience will be vital. 

“It’s a great boost to have the likes of Joe and Lloyd back in the squad,” he said.

“But that means that some good players have had to miss out this week. Denis has made us all aware that if we don’t play well, there are people waiting in the wings to take our spot, so we need to performing well.”

The Vikings will have had almost two weeks between their fixture against St Helens and the game against Leigh Centurions on Thursday. This has given the Vikings the opportunity for focussed time on the training field.

“It’s been a great week of training,” he said.

“Due to the Elton John concert taking place at our Stadium, we’ve been up at Edge Hill University, so it’s felt like a mini training camp, especially with the weather as it feels like you’re in Tenerife!

“We’ve had a great week training and we’re looking to take that into the game on Thursday to get the win.” 

With the Vikings looking to make it three home wins on the bounce, Aaron says the team want to build their home form for the rest of 2017.

“Home games are always important, and every team wants to make their home stadium a fortress,” he said.

“Unfortunately, we hadn’t been able to do that earlier in the year, but after a couple of wins recently, we're looking to build on this momentum in the remaining stages of this campaign."

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Heremaia relishing Centurions contest