Rugby League - Hanbury ready for Wildcats clash

Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury has dubbed their basement battle with Wakefield "a four-pointer" as both teams look to keep alive their Super League play-off hopes.

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Rugby League - Hanbury ready for Wildcats clash

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Rhys Hanbury says Widnes are 'quietly confident'

The Wildcats did the double over Denis Betts' men last season on their march to the top eight but are currently down in 11th place after winning just one of their last eight matches.

The Vikings, wooden-spoonists in their first season back in the top flight, are two points ahead of Wakefield and three behind eighth-placed Hull.

"We're pushing for the top eight and we've got to win these games against teams that are around us," Hanbury said. "It's really a four-point game and, at home, we're quietly confident."

Although the Vikings have not won away from home since the opening day of the season, they have lost just once at the Halton Stadium, where the artificial surface is still causing difficulties for visiting teams.

Hanbury accepts players probably receive more cuts and grazes on the plastic pitch than on grass but believes the main problem for away teams is psychological.

"I don't think too many teams like coming here," he said. "It might be in the minds of the opposition teams.

"We do have an advantage with it because we train on it each day and we're getting quite used to it.

"We'll take any advantage we can. We've just got to get our away form right."

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