Played: 23 Won: 10 Draw: 0 Lost: 13 For: 499 Against: 474 Deducted: 0 Points: 20
Played: 7 Won: 2 Draw: 0 Lost: 5 For: 104 Against: 169 Deducted: 0 Points: 4
After the regular season: 7th
After The Qualifiers: 7th
Player of the Year
Widnes’ season was one of two extremes; a blistering start saw them top the table early on after picking up huge wins over Leeds, Wigan and Hull FC, before Denis Betts’ side lost eight successive games. The Vikings then won four of their remaining eight fixtures and eventually made the Super Eights’, where they secured a hat-trick of wins over Wigan in 2016 and finished the year in 7th – their highest finish in the top flight.
Joe Mellor’s influence
Widnes half-back Joe Mellor had possibly his best season in a Vikings shirt, tallying 11 tries and 16 assists. He was a massive factor in his side’s early season form, and after Kevin Brown made a move to Warrington in the off-season, 2017 is the perfect opportunity for Mellor to kick on and cement his position in the spine of the team.
Corey Thompson adapting to SL
Winger Corey Thompson joined the Vikings in 2016 and adapted brilliantly, racking up an impressive 27 tries in his debut Super League season. Like Joe Mellor, his tries throughout the campaign were key in many of the side’s successes. After a solid first season with Widnes, the 26-year-old Aussie will be hoping to continue his good form in 2017.
Being consistently competitive
Losing eight games in a row after previously topping the table might sound like a dramatic drop in form, but Widnes should take positives from their poor mid-season form. Betts’ boys came close in many of the losses during that time, their biggest defeat coming at home to Warrington. The club managed to finish in the top eight, which is a big achievement and shows a real level of progression.
2017 Ins and Outs