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30 August 2019

Jose Kenga previews the weekend’s action as the Lions face Widnes Vikings in the Betfred Championship.

Jose Kenga admits that a successful finish to the season is ‘really important’ to the club, as the Lions prepare for the trip to Halton Stadium.

Stuart Littler’s side currently sit ninth in the Betfred Championship on joint-points with Halifax, who the side defeated at Heywood Road just a fortnight ago with tries from Richard Lepori, Craig Mullen, Mike Butt, Matty Ashton and Chris Hankinson.

The club could move to eighth place with a victory over the Vikings, who will be looking to bounce back following their 1895 Cup final loss to Sheffield Eagles at Wembley.

“A strong finish is really important for us as a club,” said Kenga.

‘That positivity and winning mindset stays with you all the way through and to pre-season and to come back with high spirits.

“The team is full of confidence. Climbing further up the table is the main focus and we know Widnes are going to want to make things right from the cup loss back at home, so we are expecting a big challenge.”

Swinton are enjoying one of the most successful season in recent times, including five wins and a draw in the last nine fixtures, securing our status in the Betfred Championship.

However, Kenga has admitted that the hard work hasn’t stopped just yet.

“Training has been good. The lads are fresh from a week off and everybody is well rested and we’ve been back ready to work hard,” Kenga said.

“We’re are looking really sharp.

“We have a real family culture that we all buy into which means we are together no matter what and work hard for each other.”

Recapping on the campaign with just two games left, Kenga added: “It’s been a great season. We have worked hard for each other and have gone beyond people’s expectations.

“We had a tough start, but we always believed in our abilities and knew we weren’t far off. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“We are building something great and this just a stepping stone to what’s to come in the future.”

The Lions travel to Halton Stadium this Sunday to face Widnes Vikings, the penultimate game of the 2019 season.


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