Craven pleased with clinical Vikings

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15th August 2017

Danny Craven says that the Vikings victory over Halifax RLFC provides a confidence boost, but the team are also guarded against complacency in their coming fixtures.

The Vikings recorded their first win of the Super 8s, The Qualifiers, with a 36-12 victory over Halifax RLFC at the MBI Shay Stadium. Craven, who impressed in his second appearance for the first team following his return from injury, believes the side were good value for the two points.

“In the first forty minutes, I thought we were good,” he said after the game.

“We were clinical when we got our opportunities and we completed at around 95%. It was a similar performance to the one last week against Warrington, where we were good in patches but we fell off a little bit. Halifax is a tough place to come though, and it’s a good win for us. We’re now looking forward to next week (Featherstone Rovers, this Sunday).”

Craven scored the final try of the afternoon with a nice solo effort, offering fantastic creativity to dummy and sidestep his way into the left-hand corner. Although the half back enjoyed scoring a four-pointer, he preferred to focus on the overall team performance. 

“It’s always nice to get tries,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter who scores them in the end, but I consider myself as a runner of the ball so it’s always good to get over the line. It’s the team that is most important though, and the fact that we got the win.”

Danny says that despite the victory against the Kingstone Press Championship side, the side recognised areas for improvement as they progress into the competition.  

“In the changing rooms after the game we were happy, but disappointed with some of the patchiness in the second half at the same time too,” he said. “We know we can’t afford to be like that that against the other teams. If we do that, we could potentially be punished, so we need to be on the beat for a full 80 minutes. If we put 80-minute performances together, I’m sure we’ll be getting the results we need.”

“We’re off the mark now and have got that monkey off our back. We need to be focused, to have another good week in training, and to take the positives from the Halifax game into Featherstone.”

Tickets are on sale for the Vikings upcoming home fixture against Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 20th August (3pm kick off). Be there to cheer on the boys at this vital stage of the season! 

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