Widnes Vikings ready to shake up play-offs

Widnes Vikings forward Macgraff Leuluai has insisted the club will not just be making up the numbers when the play-offs get underway next week, bullishly declaring the Vikings “don’t care” who they draw.

The Vikings could face a daunting trip to former Super League champions Leeds Rhinos in the first round of the play-offs, as well as trips to Wigan or even Warrington. But Leuluai says that as long as the team are in form, they shouldn’t fear anyone – and has said there is no reason why they can’t produce some shock wins when it really matters.

“We are excited to be there – whoever we get we are confident we can do our best. We don’t care who we get but we just want to be as high as we can. The players are looking forward to it and we are in a confident frame of mind. We have had some really good wins against the top clubs and there’s no reason why we can’t beat them again on the big stage.

“We know what’s in front of us and it will be tough – just like any game in Super League is – but this is like Cup footy for us and we are determined to do well. We are not going into this phase of the season just to be there and make the numbers up and bow out at the first hurdle.

“I think we can make progress – we have got a lot of confidence in ourselves, with Kevin Brown playing the way he is and our forward pack doing well I believe we can match any team in that eight.”