Houston Says Squad Prepared For Leigh

Houston Says Squad Prepared For Leigh widnesvikings.co.uk

1st September 2017

Widnes Vikings Co-Captain, Chris Houston, believes the squad are fully prepared for Sunday’s trip to Leigh Centurions. 

“It has been great that we have had an extra week with no game, with the Challenge Cup final. We’ve got a lot of fit bodies on the field, so training has been good.”

With Denis Betts being able to name the same squad for the last two fixtures, Houston believes that the depth and consistency on the field is paying dividends. 

“At the start of the year, we couldn’t get the same group of players training, let alone playing games,” he said.

“But we’re slowly getting a few combinations on the field, and I think it’s definitely helping.”

The two wins over Halifax RLFC and Featherstone Rovers have given the Club a much-needed boost, but Chris states the squad will not be getting complacent ahead of facing Neil Jukes’ side. 

“We know that Leigh are a quality opposition and we’re going to have to play well to beat them, especially at their home ground.”

“I’m a big believer of it’s simply how you turn up on the day. I don’t think the fact we’ve beaten them earlier in the season means we’re going to beat them again. We have to make sure that we’re doing our best and getting the little things right to get the result in the end.”

The Vikings come into this fixture with some impressive attacking performances in the bank, with 18 tries scored in the Club’s previous two games against Halifax RLFC and Featherstone Rovers. Houston however isn’t drawing false confidence from defeating Championship opposition.

“You have got to put it (the tries scored) into some sort of context, as we’ve played against teams that aren’t in the same competition as us,”

“We should be scoring those tries against them, and that’s no disrespect to them but we’re a full-time outfit here. The more pleasing fact for me was that we were completing at around 90% and those tries are a product of that.”

Houston impressed the importance of the Vikings supporters this season, and hopes they can give the team an added edge at the Leigh Sports Village.

“We want them to drive up the road to Leigh and get behind us on Sunday. It would be nice to maybe get that Viking chant going again too!”, he said.

“They’ve travelled well all year and it definitely makes a difference when you can hear them, screaming in the stands.”

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