St Helens Match Preview

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8th June 2017

Widnes Vikings take on St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday 9th June, kick-off 8:00pm.

The Vikings head into this game seeking their third successive victory, following recent results over Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons. Having defeated Saints by 16-14 in April, the in-form Vikings are looking to secure a Betfred Super League double over their local rivals.

Tickets

Tickets for this game are available until Friday afternoon. They can be bought through the ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or by visiting the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, Widnes. For full ticket information and details on how to purchase, please click here.

Widnes Vikings earn 25% on all away tickets that are purchased in advance, through the Club. All revenue from tickets purchased on the day, at the away stadium, is given to the opposition.

Squad News 

The Vikings make three changes to the 19-man squad that took on Catalans Dragons. Jack Johnson, Eamon O’Carroll and Danny Craven come into the squad to replace Rhys Hanbury, Danny Walker and the suspended Chris Bridge.

Widnes Vikings: Buchanan, Cahill, J.Chapelhow, Chase, Craven, Dudson, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Johnson, Johnstone, Manuokafoa, Marsh, O’Carroll, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, Whitley, Wilde.

Justin Holbrook has named an unchanged 19-man squad for Friday’s game, following their close defeat to League Leaders Castleford Tigers last weekend.

St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Swift, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Thompson, Lee, Peyroux, Knowles, Grace, Taia

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into the game following three inspiring performances: a close defeat to Castleford Tigers, and wins over Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons - the latter a resounding 26-6 win over the dangerous French outfit.

The Saints have been inconsistent, with three wins in six games. They recorded two impressive victories over Hull FC and local rivals Wigan Warriors, which was followed by a defeat against a much-changed Castleford Tigers outfit. 

Widnes Vikings: LLLLWW               St Helens: WLLWWL

Previous Meetings

St Helens hold the bragging rights in the recent meetings between the two sides, having won six of the previous eight fixtures between the teams.

In 2016, the Vikings were beaten in all games against the Saints, twice in the regular season and once in the Super League Super 8s.

However, the Vikings have taken the advantage in 2017. The Vikings secured a 16-14 win over Justin Holbrook’s side, then coached by Jamahl Lolesi, Sean Long and Derek Traynor, with a brace from Patrick Ah Van handing the Vikings their first home win of the season.

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

·         Matt Whitley will be making his 50th Super League appearance of his career.

·         Stefan Marsh will pass through 250 points in Super League if he crosses for one try on Friday.

·         Range Chase will hit 50 tries in Super League if he crosses the whitewash this weekend.

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