Warrington Match Preview

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3rd August 2017

Widnes Vikings take on Warrington Wolves at the the Halton Stadium on Friday 4th August, kick-off 8:00pm.

Denis Betts yesterday announced his 19-man squad, which sees the return of Rangi Chase, Chris Bridge, Danny Craven, Rhys Hanbury, Chris Houston, Lloyd White and Jack Buchanan, who all missed the conclusion of the regular Super League Season. With the Vikings fielding a strong team against their local rivals, this is set to be a fiercely contested, must-watch game.

Denis Betts' side will be wanting to record a victory in their first Super 8s game in order to kick-start the Club's Qualifiers campaign over the next seven weeks.

 

Tickets

Tickets for this game are available until kick-off on Friday. They can be bought online, 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.

 

Squad News 

The Vikings make five changes to the 19-man squad that took on Warrington Wolves. Chris Bridge, Danny Craven, Rhys Hanbury, Chris Houston and Lloyd White come into the 19-man squad that took on Warrington in the final regular season game, replacing Tom Armstrong, Keanan Brand, Ed Chamberlain, Alex Gerrard, Brad Walker and Danny Walker.

Widnes Vikings: Bridge, Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, J.Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Hanbury, Houston, Johnstone, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley.

 

Tony Smith has made one change to the side that faced the Vikings two weeks ago, with Dom Crosby coming into the squad to replace the injured Ben Currie.

Warrington Wolves: Atkins, Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Dwyer, Hiku, Hill, Hughes, Jullien, G.King, Lineham, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Savelio, Sims, Smith.

 

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into the game on the back of a 22-6 against their opponents this weekend, but will be wanting to continue their improved home form with four wins in their last five fixtures at the Halton Stadium.

The Wolves are slowly coming back into the form that got them into both major cup finals last year, after a slow start to the 2017 season. Following a battling win away at champions Wigan in early July, Tony Smith’s side have recorded three consecutive wins to finish in 9th place in the Betfred Super League.

Widnes Vikings: LWLLLL             Warrington Wolves: LWLWWW

 

Previous Meetings

Warrington Wolves hold the edge over the Vikings in recent years, having won the previous eight games against the Vikings since 2015.

In 2017, the Vikings have come up against their local rivals three times, and have been on the wrong side of the score line on each occasion, twice in the Betfred Super League and once in the Challenge Cup. This will be the second game against the Wolves at the Halton Stadium, with the first being a narrow 19-10 defeat over the Easter Weekend.

 

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

·     Gil Dudson will be making his 75th appearance for Widnes Vikings

·     Lloyd White will pass 200 points for Widnes Vikings if he manages to score 5+ points on Friday.

·     Rhys Hanbury will pass 100 career tries in both hemispheres if he crosses the tryline once on Friday night.

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