Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar insists in-form Widnes Vikings are not a one-man team.
Many people have been lauding Kevin Brown, the ex-England stand-off, during Widnes’s impressive campaign, and the ex-Huddersfield captain was certainly influential as they secured a dramatic win at Hull KR on Sunday.
Tenth last term, they are currently joint-fourth with champions Wigan Warriors after picking up seven victories so far.
Agar, whose Wakefield side hope to continue a revival of their own after ending a six-game losing run at Hull last weekend, said: “They’ve been patient and stuck with (coach) Denis (Betts) through some tough times.
“They’ve put a terrific team around him and the recruitment of Kevin Brown was vitally important. Some people might think they’re a one-man team but I’d say totally different.
“Brown is obviously pivotal to what they do – he puts on the plays – but he’s a player who helps everyone else around him too and gives them confidence.
“It was a very smart signing and the likes of Alex Gerrard, Macgraff Leuluai and Ben Kavanagh have all benefited.
“They have been a real success story of this season.”
Wakefield, though, are full of confidence themselves after surging back from 16-0 down at Hull to win 23-16.
They also have a fine record against Widnes, winning the last six meetings – including three away from home – and their opponents have not prospered versus the West Yorkshire club since as long ago as 2005.
“It was a win that gave us a shot in the arm and a bit of a boost in confidence,” said Agar.
“The boys’ attitude has been great for a while; they’ve tried their hardest to attack every game with the right attitude.
“It was good to get the win and hopefully we can get another this weekend. The fact that it was such a good response from our guys was great.”
It meant they remain six points clear of the relegation zone and are also just four adrift of the play-off places.
“Looking at the table, it (relegation) might be more than a three-horse race (with Bradford Bulls and London),” he said.
“Bradford winning too didn’t surprise me. It’s a long season and you only need a good four, five or six weeks to radically transform. That’s what we’re looking for and we want another win at Widnes.”