Betts keen for quick start, but calls for clam regardless of Widnes’ result against Warrington

Denis Betts is aware of the need for Widnes to get off to a strong start in the Qualifiers – but insists they cannot panic if they lose. The two Cheshire clubs will open the Qualifiers competition on Friday night as they look to set the pace before their six counterparts take to the field at the weekend. With a…

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Rangi Chase suspended after positive test for cocaine

Widnes Vikings half-back Rangi Chase has been suspended with immediate effect after testing positive for cocaine, the club have confirmed. In a brief statement on Thursday night, the Vikings – who begin their Qualifiers campaign at home to Warrington on Friday – confirmed that they had been notified by UK Anti-Doping and the RFL that Chase tested positive following their…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games

Leeds v Wigan (8pm, Sky Sports) Brett Delaney makes a welcome return for Leeds, with Josh Jordan-Roberts missing out. Wigan make two changes from the side that defeated Salford in the Challenge Cup, with youngsters Jack Wells and Josh Ganson replacing Joel Tomkins (groin) and Sam Powell (suspension). Liam Farrell retains his place in the squad despite not recovering in…

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Cahill backs young Vikings to shine in the Qualifiers

Hep Cahill believes the club’s youngster have a major role to play in Widnes’ fight for survival. A number of youngsters have been handed their chance to impress this season with the Vikings struggling with injuries throughout the campaign. The likes of Jordan Johnstone, Ryan Ince and Danny Walker have all been called upon more than anticipated throughout the season.…

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Super League club-by-club regular season review plus grading

Castleford Tigers (1st) Highlight: Take your pick so far; although Tigers fans will not forget the 66-10 mauling of local rivals Leeds back in March in a hurry, surely. Lowlight: There haven’t been many, but the disappointing defeat to Salford in the driving rain earlier in the season is perhaps the most frustrating. Star player: There are plenty of contenders…

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Betts insists Widnes will “reset” ahead of Qualifiers following Warrington defeat

Widnes coach Denis Betts has said his side’s recent form “doesn’t matter” owing to them entering effectively a new league in the Super 8s Qualifiers – and that his side will reset ahead of that competition following another defeat on Thursday night. The Vikings lost to local rivals Warrington to leave them with just five wins in the 23-round regular…

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Betts insists Warrington derby is not a dead rubber for Widnes

On paper, there is very little at stake for Warrington and Widnes tonight: but Vikings coach Denis Betts insists the game is anything but a dead rubber. Eleventh-placed Widnes cannot finish any higher than their current league position, and the Wolves cannot escape the Qualifiers ahead of Thursday night’s clash between the two sides. But Betts has knocked back suggestions…

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Key duo return for Warrington as Widnes make six changes

Warrington Wolves have welcome Kevin Brown and Matty Russell back into their 19-man squad to face Widnes. The pair have missed the last six weeks of action, with England halfback Brown nursing a foot injury while Russell has endured a knee problem. But the duo will return on Thursday as the Wolves look to build on their win over Wigan.…

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