Widnes stand-off Kevin Brown is pleased that his team head into their pay-off clash with Warrington this weekend as underdogs.
Although the Vikings have surprised many observers with their fine season, Brown is refusing to think of his team as anything other than outsiders.
“We’re confident going into this as underdogs and very rarely get mentioned as favourites,” he said.
“Hopefully we can take some of the lessons learned from big games like the semi-final and make it right against Warrington. We’re looking at going there, getting the result and moving on to the next team.
“It’s a huge derby with plenty at stake. Both sets of fans are very passionate which will create an amazing atmosphere in the stands. This is something me and the rest of the squad have been looking forward to.”
Widnes have already beaten Warrington twice this season, and Brown is beginning to feel justified in signing for the club.
“I remember signing for Widnes and everyone saying how daft I was joining a club that would never feature in the play-offs,” said Brown, who this week became the first Widnes player to be named in the Super League Dream Team.
“I’ve been really proud to be part of this club. (Chairman) Steve O’Connor and (coach) Denis Betts really sold it to me.
“This is the biggest game of the season for us. It will be loud and intense for the whole of the 80 minutes. It’s a good reward for being consistent throughout the year.”