Mellor looking to build on Leigh victory

Mellor looking to build on Leigh victory

30th June 2017

Joe Mellor is hoping to build on his impressive return from injury when he takes on his former club, Wigan Warriors, on Sunday.

Mellor returned to action for the Vikings against Leigh Centurions last week in a 34-10 victory, following a six week absence. The game saw Denis Betts’ side record their third successive home win. 

After completing his first 80 minutes following his injury, Mellor says that he was happy with how he went against the Centurions. The half-back impressed in the game, including assisting Chris Bridge with the first try of the game

“I thought that my first game back went pretty well,” he said.

“The most important thing is that we won the game, but personally it was great to be back out on the field. I was out for about six weeks so I’m glad to be back out there. Hopefully, I can build on that every week.”

The game saw Mellor partner with Rangi Chase for the first time.  Joe believes that the creativity shown in their first run out together is something they can continue to develop.

“I was pretty happy with it,” he said. 

“We’ve not had much time playing or training together, hopefully moving forward we can build on that and get better as a partnership.”

Mellor reserved special praise for the Vikings physio team, who have supported him and other players back from injury.

He said: "It's not been good this year for the Vikings with injuries. The physio team have done a great job getting boys back on the field at this crucial point in the season. Keeping them on there now is massive"

As the regular Betfred Super League season edges towards the Super 8s tournaments, Joe says that the Vikings will be making every minute count on the field.    

“For us now, taking into account where we are in the league, each game is a must-win game,” he said.

“We’ve got to try and finish as high as we can. We’ve been in the Super 8's and the Qualifiers before, and wherever we end up in the league we have to be up for every game to get the win.”

The Vikings face Wigan Warriors on Sunday, looking to make it four wins out of their last five games. Joe believes the Club should head to the DW Stadium in high spirits.

“We’ve got to go there and play with a similar attitude to the one we had when played Leigh,” he said.

“We have to go and make sure that we concentrate on ourselves. We had two great wins there last year, so if we can have a similar performance to those, I think we can do really well.”

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Mellor looking to build on Leigh victory