Cummins gives injuries update

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5th June 2018

Widnes Vikings Interim Head Coach Francis Cummins has given an update on injuries within the squad, before looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to face Catalans Dragons.

Widnes travel to the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Cummins’ first game at the helm. The Vikings are unbeaten against the Dragons since August 2016 and will be hoping to improve that record and claim the two points.

Cummins has revealed that captain Chris Houston has returned to team training, whist Rhys Hanbury and Krisnan Inu are also closing in on a return to action.

He said: “Chris Houston has been back training. Krisnan Inu has only been doing light training, but it’s nice to see him running alongside the team. Rhys Hanbury is back in training too, so we’ve got people coming back.

“We knew we were in for a tough ride, especially with two broken legs at the same time. We’ve had smaller injuries along the way, but we feel like we’re coming back.”

Cummins also issued a challenge to the players for the coming games, adding that he isn’t scared of blooding youth in favour of experienced first-teamers, if they warrant the call-up.

“We’ve been desperate for someone to jump out and grab hold of it and this is my challenge to the players; you might not be number nine or seven. I’m not interested in that; if you get an opportunity, you grab it with both hands. You command that spot and you’ll keep the shirt.

“If one of our young lads is ripping it up, they’ll jump above someone who is recognised. If they’re good enough and we feel that someone is physically ready, we’ll do it. We need those lads to push recognised senior pros as far as they can.”

Francis also hopes that the Vikings can use their recent record in the South of France to good effect and walk away with the two points. Nevertheless, he is wary of the threat posed by Steve McNamara’s side.

“I’m really excited because it’s a place where the lads have had a great experience. We went there [in 2017] with players missing and got the job done. Everyone expected us to lose and be in the Million Pound Game.

“The challenge is that they [Catalans] have got their tails up and have knocked a few wins together. This is a great time because we’ve got to go there with the confidence that we’re going to beat them again.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been to Perpignan, but it’s a carnival atmosphere. I think that the fans who have spent money to go there will have a great time anyway, but we owe the fans.

“The players know that and we’re desperate to get that win so we can all celebrate together. All we can ask for is their support and we know they’ll be loud, so we’re desperate to get the result for them.”

 

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