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Super League team guide: Widnes must be more ruthless this term

| 05.02.2015

Team Name: Widnes Vikings

Nickname: The Original Cup Kings

Ground: Select Security Stadium

Famous Fans: Vin Diesel, Robin Reid

Super League Wins: None

Last Season: 8th – Eliminated in first round of the play-offs

New Signings: Aaron Heremaia (Hull FC), Manase Manuokafoa (Bradford Bulls), Chris Clarkson (Leeds Rhinos), Gil Dudson (Wigan Warriors)

Head Coach: Denis Betts

A former Great Britain forward, Betts spent time with Wigan and Auckland Warriors as a player and worked as a youth coach and later assistant to Mike Gregory with the former before a fallout at the club saw him move into a role working with Rugby Union side Gloucester.

After five years with the south east club, Betts returned to take the reins at the Vikings in 2012, beating several high-profile coaches to the top job where he has remained ever since.

Part of the management team that enjoyed some success at Wigan, Betts is now laying his own foundations for glory at Widnes.

Star Man: Kevin Brown

A former Wigan and Huddersfield favourite, the 30-year-old stand-off and centre has been with the Vikings since 2013 and was among the standout performers for Widnes last season.

Brown racked up an impressive 24 try assists for the Chemics last term – the fifth highest return in the Super League – and could prove crucial to the Vikings’ chances of going one better than last season’s 8th place play-off spot finish.

Take a look at Brown doing what he does best for Widnes:

Super League Grand Final odds: 100/1

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup odds: 40/1

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