St Helens Match Preview

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19th April 2017

Widnes Vikings take on St Helens at the Halton Stadium on Friday 21st April. The Vikings will be looking to take their second half performance against Leeds Rhinos on Easter Monday into this game and claim their first home win of the 2017 Betfred Super League season.

Tickets

Tickets for this game are available up until kick-off. Tickets can be bought online by clicking here, through our ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or by visiting the Vikings Superstore located within Tesco Extra, Widnes.

Squad News 

The Vikings make a seven changes to the 19-man squad that took on Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on Monday. Chris Bridge, Sam Brooks, Jay Chapelhow, Alex Gerrard, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison and Danny Walker come into the squad to replace Tom Armstrong, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Chris Houston, Liam Walsh and Lloyd White.

Widnes Vikings: Ah Van, Bridge, Brooks, Buchanan, Burke, J.Chapelhow, Dean, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Johnstone, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, Walker, Whitley

St Helens make one change to the side that beat the then table topping Castleford Tigers on Easter Monday, with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook returning to the side in the place of Luke Douglas. Kyle Amor makes the squad pending his RFL hearing. 

St Helens: Makinson, Percival, Swift, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Walker, Thompson, Lee, Peyroux, Richards, Knowles, Fleming, Bailey, Grace, Taia

 

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into this game with two defeats over the Easter period against Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos. The Vikings head coach has spoke in press conferences about his side’s ability to produce one decent half of rugby coupled with one under-par half, and will be hoping that this weekend will be the game that they can produce a full 80-minute performance to claim the two points and their first home win of 2017.

Following the sacking of Kieron Cunningham, St Helens are now led by a team of Sean Long, Jamahl Lolesi and Derek Traynor and are now a different proposition. A narrow defeat to local rivals Wigan Warriors on Good Friday was followed up by a brilliant 26-22 win over free-scoring Castleford at the Totally Wicked Stadium and will head to the Halton Stadium full of confidence. 

Widnes Vikings: LLWLLL                St Helens: WWLDLW

Previous Meetings

In 2016, the Vikings were twice narrowly beaten by Kieron Cunningham’s St Helens in the regular season. On Easter Monday, tries from Joe Greenwood, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Tommy Makinson were enough to see out a 20-12 victory at the Halton Stadium.

The second meeting in 2016 was a tighter affair and a late Mark Percival penalty was enough to give the home side a 12-10 win over the Vikings at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Tries from Corey Thompson and Patrick Ah Van looked to be enough to give the away side a battling away point but a penalty goal from Percival handed Saints the victory.

The trend was similar in the Super League Super 8s as the Saints came out on top, as a brace from Adam Swift helped the away side grab a 21-8 win at the Select Security Stadium in September 2016.

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected, Chris Dean will be making his 150th Super League appearance. Chris has played for St Helens, Wakefield Trinity and Widnes Vikings during his time in rugby league.

If selected, Corey Thompson will hit 200 points in both hemispheres if he manages to score a try on Friday night.

If selected, Stefan Marsh will pass 250 points in Super League.

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