Reaction: Castleford vs Vikings

Reaction: Castleford vs Vikings

12th February 2018

Widnes Vikings pushed 2017 Betfred Super League Leaders, Castleford Tigers, all the way in a spirited 13-12 loss. With 500 passionate away supporters in attendance, real commitment on the field, and a quality debut from young star Olly Ashall, the Vikings can find pride in defeat….

Take a look at some of the reaction from the Vikings leaders, players and members of the media…

James Rule, CEO of Widnes Vikings: “Ultimately, such a narrow defeat is always hard to take, but despite the result I can only feel proud of both our players and supporters.

The Vikings’ travelling away support was magnificent and I know the players were inspired by the backing they were given. For our supporters to travel in such significant numbers, in such terrible conditions, shows the passion that the local community has for its club. With so many more people at this game compared to the corresponding away last year, we can see progress on and off the field.

The players gave everything they had and they were unlucky to just fall short. There were so many positives to take from the game: Danny Walker putting in a spirited 80-minute performance as a late replacement for Aaron Heremaia and Lloyd White, a solid debut from Olly Ashall, the impact of our young stars like Jay Chapelhow, and the guile and experience of our senior players, like Chris Houston and Hep Cahill. This gives us a solid platform to build on as we head into Friday’s derby.

There’s a different feel to this season, in the stands and on the pitch. I know the boys will be relishing the chance to get back to winning ways against their local rivals, and that our supporters will be relishing this fixture. Who knows, perhaps we’ll be looking at a record derby crowd at the Halton Stadium?”

Olly Ashall-Bott, Widnes Vikings debutant: “I loved every moment of my debut. We came up short with just one point in it, but we can still take pride from the performance. Cas bring a good crowd, but we brought good numbers too and our away support was outstanding. As for my own performance, I tried my hardest and that’s all you can do.

We can take a lot from this, as we roll into the Warrington game. We had a good performance against them earlier this year in the Festive Derby when they fielded a number of senior players. We should go into the game with confidence and look to get another win.”

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings: “We’ve come here with purpose. We’ve stuck at some of the things we’ve talked about this year, like competing on kicks, defending our line, scrambling when things break down. It was a tough game, with both sides wanting to play but not being able to with the conditions. We’ve competed against a team that was in the Grand Final and completely dominated the league last year.

I’m really proud of the lads. I want the boys to be disappointed, because we came here wanting two points. We’ve got a tough fortnight ahead of us. Warrington need points, have a strong squad and a smarting; we have to dust ourselves down from a draining game and play to the best of our abilities. I know the boys are looking forward to that challenge.”

The Guardian match report: “For Widnes, while the excitement of leading in the second half proved to be in vain, this was another encouraging step for a side who struggled so badly last year. Their victory against Catalans the previous weekend suggested a push for the top eight was realistic in 2018: this never-say-die effort further emphasised that.”


Tickets for the Vikings huge Derby fixture against Warrington Wolves are available to now. Purchase your ticket ahead of matchday for the biggest savings.

Limited VIP hospitality is also available in the C&C Bridge Suite, with upgrades available from just £40. Enjoy a delicious two course meal, the best seats in the house and the opportunity to hear from the stars of the game. Click here for more information.

Be there to back the boys! Purchase your tickets from the Vikings Superstore, Tesco Extra, the ticket line (0151 495 2250) or the online ticketing platform (click here).

Pat Price Stand/South Stand:

Advanced Price Two (Bought within 7 days of fixture)

Adult:                  £22.00  Concession:          £15.00  Junior:                 £12.00 

Match Day Price

Adult:                   £24.00  Concession:          £17.00  Junior:                  £14.00 

Executive Silver Seating:

Advanced Price Two (Bought within 7 days of fixture)

Adult                 £30.00  Concession         £24.00  Junior                £16.00

Match Day Price

Adult                 £32.00  Concession        £26.00  Junior                £18.00

Reaction: Castleford vs Vikings