Jukes: We must build on Wigan win

Leigh boss Neil Jukes admits his team cannot overlook Widnes as they bid to build on beating local rivals Wigan last weekend.

Jukes’ side made history during their last Betfred Super League game as they beat the reigning champions 50-34 at home.

It was the first time they had beaten Wigan in 33 years and the victory allowed them to leapfrog Widnes at the bottom of the table.

The Vikings are currently propping the rest of the division up, but Jukes insists his squad cannot afford to get reckless.

A win on Thursday (Widnes 8/15, draw 25/1, Leigh 6/4 – match odds) could help their chances of finishing ninth or tenth and with that comes more home fixtures during the Super League Qualifiers.

Jukes said: “We said at the start of the year our two biggest games were Wigan home and away, so to win one of them was great.

“But I think everyone knows in sport that sometimes you can go from top to bottom in a short space of time. We have got to make sure we build on it. We did enjoy the moment but we haven’t been sat back.

“Widnes have had some really good performances and been unlucky not to get the wins. They’re probably like us where they’ve just been off on the day and it’s cost them.

“But they’ve also had some good wins and it’s probably teed up to be a good game.”

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