MATTY Smith is hoping to put the boot into Widnes.
The half-back has impressed coach Shaun Wane with his astute kicking game in open play this season.
And last week against Leeds, he also proved a more than capable deputy for Pat Richards.
Smith nailed three goals from as many attempts, including one from the sidelines, as regular goal-kicker Richards nursed a groin strain.
Wane was waiting to see how Richards felt today before making a call on who will get the role against the Vikings (kick-off 5.45pm).
But he said: “Either way, I’m chilled about it. I already knew Matty was a good goal-kicker and he showed that against Leeds, and it’s good to know we have a very capable kicker in the wings.”
Smith has been sharpening up on his goal-kicking with extra training this week.
He said: “I enjoy kicking, it’s something I’ve always done.I always practiced it anyway, and if I’m needed then I’m more than happy to take the role.”
Smith, a former Everton trainee, credits his footballing roots for his strong kicking game.
He added: “I’m sure it’s helped me over the years.”
Officials last night said the snow would not disrupt this evening’s Sky-televised showdown.