Down but not out is the phrase here as the Widnes Vikings endured a season of struggle, finishing down at the bottom but they attained some redemption by avoiding falling out of Super League.
Top level rugby in Cheshire continues, much to the relief of Denis Betts and the supporters.
It seemed an eternity ago that Widnes were dubbed the ‘Leicester City’ of Super League when they started 2016 on a high but since have been a shadow of such a team.
Credit to them though for surviving under such pressure this time around but could it have been so much better than that? Check out their 2017 season below!
Best Performance: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos
Not many to choose from respectively but a happy point in their season was their surprise home win over Leeds Rhinos.
A short turn-around maybe but both sides had to endure such a moment and well done to Widnes for coming out on top.
Both Corey Thompson and youngster Ryan Ince bagged two tries, with Aaron Heremaia and Rhys Hanbury rounding off the try scoring.
The Rhinos did make a contest out of it for a while, scoring through Ash Handley, Kallum Watkins, Stevie Ward and Adam Cuthbertson but it was Widnes’ day nonetheless.
Not their heaviest win but considering their season of struggle and Leeds’ revival from 2016, it remained one of the shocks of the season.
Betts’ outfit clearly proved they can match anyone on the day and perhaps if they had more of the ‘rub of the green’ they could have been as good as last season, if not better!