OPPOSITION CORNER: 'Derby' rivals Widnes look to end Wolves' home campaign on sour note (From Warrington Guardian)
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OPPOSITION CORNER: 'Derby' rivals Widnes look to end Wolves' home campaign on sour note
WOLVES complete their home campaign tonight, Thursday, bidding for an achievement that reminds us of their consistency under Tony Smith.
Victory over ‘derby’ rivals Widnes Vikings will guarantee Wolves a top-three finish for the fourth successive season.
A maximum 43 points total is possible this time round, which would top the 41 points in finishing second last year, fall just below the 44 points when the League Leaders’ Shield was lifted in 2011 and put them clear of the 40 points amassed in concluding 2010 in third.
Wolves go into tonight’s battle with only five defeats to their name, but one of them came at Widnes in March and it should set the alarm bells ringing.
Although Widnes are sat 11th on the ladder – currently four points better off than their end of season total in 2012 – their points-scoring abilities are not lost on Tony Smith.
And that is not just because Vikings rattled in 38 points against Wolves five months ago.
The table shows that only the top four have scored more points than Denis Betts’ side this season. Clearly, Vikings’ issues have been in defence, having conceded almost twice as many points as Wolves.
The majority of their losses, though, have been contests. Ten times this year Widnes have missed out on a win despite scoring 22 points or more in a game.
On Sunday they clocked up 38 points but lost by four to a Castleford side that had fallen 40-30 to Warrington a week earlier.
The stats suggest a comfortable Wolves win, but passion and desire will have their say.
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