Halifax RLFC Match Preview

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11th August 2017

Widnes Vikings take on Halifax RLFC on Sunday 13th August at the MBi Shay Stadium, kick-off 3pm.

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.

Take a look at all the information you will need to know ahead of Sunday’s game.



Tickets for this game are available to purchase. 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.


Squad News 

The Vikings are unchanged from the 19-man squad that took on Warrington Wolves in Round One of The Qualifiers last weekend. 

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

Richard Marshall has named his squad as they aim to continue their good recent form.

Halifax RLFC: Barber, Cahalane, Douglas, Fairbank, Grady, Grix, Heaton, Johnston, Kaye, Mammone, Moore, Morris, Murrell, Saltonstall, Sharp, Sio, Tyrer, Woodburn-Hall, Worrincy.



Denis Betts’ side head into the game on the back of a 28-14 defeat to local rivals Warrington Wolves, a game in which the Vikings went toe-to-toe with the away side until Tony Smith’s side kicked on in the final twenty minutes. 

Halifax RLFC come into this Round 2 fixture in good form, having won their last four games of the regular season to push themselves into the top four of the Kingstone Press Championship and The Qualifiers. Richard Marshall’s side almost recorded a victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in Round One last weekend, with a late try from Rovers denying them vthe two points.

Widnes Vikings: WLLLLL             Halifax RLFC: LWLWWW


Previous Meetings

The Vikings hold the edge over their opponents on Sunday afternoon, and haven’t tasted defeat to the Yorkshire side since a 26-24 defeat in 2011 in the Championship, a run of five games including league, Cup and friendly fixtures. 

The last competitive meeting between the sides was a 2016 Challenge Cup tie, in which the Vikings ran out 28-18 winners at The Shay. Denis Betts may also look to the 30-0 victory over Halifax in the 2017 pre-season, with tries from the likes of Danny Craven and Patrick Ah Van sealed a comfortable victory.


Players In Common

Steve Tyrer - Former Viking Steve Tyrer made his name at St Helens as a try-scoring centre with an ability to kick goals. Following a short loan spell at the Vikings in 2008, he returned permanently to the Club in 2011, posting over 280 points as the Club returned to Super League. Tyrer was to leave the Halton Stadium in the off-season to Halifax and has been a mainstay in the side since. Scoring over 1000 points for the Club, the 28-year old will cause a threat the Vikings will need to be aware of.

Shane Grady - Widnes-born Shane signed for Widnes Vikings from local amateur club West Bank Bears, and made his debut for his hometown team in 2008, playing 14 games and scoring four tries. Grady would go on to make 75 appearances for the Vikings, scoring 24 tries, and helped the Club return to Super League for the 2012 season. Grady had spells with London Broncos and Hemel Stags before moving on to Dewsbury Rams in 2014. Shane spent two years with the Rams before putting pen-to-paper with Halifax for the 2017 season, and has impressed during his short time at the club, making 22 appearances and scoring four tries. 


Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

Danny Craven                3 goals will take Danny to a career total of 50 goals


Rhys Hanbury                1 try will take Rhys to 100 career tries in both hemispheres

                                       7 points will take Rhys to 600 points in the British game


Stefan Marsh                  10 points will take Stefan to a career total of 300 points

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