London Broncos Match Preview

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15th September 2017

Widnes Vikings take on London Broncos in a huge game at the Halton Stadium, in the Super 8s, The Qualifiers. 

Denis Betts’ side come into this game knowing a victory will push them closer to Super League survival for the 2018 season. 

With this huge game edging closer, take a look at all the team news and injury updates you may need ahead of Saturday's game...

 

Tickets

Tickets for this huge game against London Broncos at the Halton Stadium are available to purchase up until kick-off. Click here for full ticket information and details on how to purchase.

 

Squad News 

The Vikings make three change from the original 19-man squad that took on Hull Kingston Rovers in Round Five of The Qualifiers last weekend, as Ed Chamberlain, Danny Craven and Tom Gilmore come in to replace Corey Thompson, Chris Dean and Aaron Heremaia. 

Widnes Vikings: Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Houston, Ince, Johnstone, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Walker, White, Whitley.

Andrew Henderson has made just one change to the Broncos side that were victorious in the Super 8s, the Qualifiers against Halifax RLFC last weekend.

London Broncos: Ackers, Barthau, Battye, Bienek, Boudebza, Cunningham, Davis, Dixon, Garside, Gee, Hellewell, Ioane, Kear, Pewhairangi, Pitts, Sammut, Spencer, Walker, Williams.

 

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into the game in decent form, with three wins in their last four games, but their last outing was a narrow 12-6 defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers. The Vikings will be looking back towards their games against Halifax RLFC, Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions and try to replicate a similar performance this weekend.  

The Broncos come into this fixture having recorded their first win of the Super 8s competition, with a 36-14 win over Halifax RLFC. Having finished a close second behind Hull KR in the Kingston Press Championship, the Broncos provide a stern test on Saturday afternoon. 

Widnes Vikings: LLWWWL           London Broncos: WLDLLW

 

Previous Meetings

The Vikings hold the edge over their opponents on Saturday afternoon, with five wins in the last six meetings against the Broncos. The latest meeting was at the Hive in 2014, when the Vikings ran out 42-24 winners.

 

28th June 2014: Widnes Vikings win 42-24 at The Hive

16th February 2014: Widnes Vikings win 64-10 at the Halton Stadium

19th July 2013: Widnes Vikings win 38-12 at the Halton Stadium

3rd February 2013: Widnes Vikings win 28-14 at Twickenham Stoop Stadium

9th June 2012: London Broncos win 28-24 at Twickenham Stoop Stadium

25th March 2012: Widnes Vikings win 38-30 at the Halton Stadium

 

Players In Common

 

Dennis Moran

An Australian schoolboys representative in 1995, Dennis made his NRL debut for Parramatta Eels during the 1998 season as a half-back under Brian Smith. Moran would go on to make 36 appearances for the Eels before moving to England to play for the London Broncos. Dennis would make the most appearances in his career at the Broncos, scoring 74 tries in 109 appearances, and topped the Super League try scoring charts in 2002 and 2003. Moran impressed the coaching staff at Wigan Warriors during his time in the Capital to make him Adrian Lam’s replacement following his retirement in 2004. After a short spell at Wigan, Moran completed a move to Widnes Vikings for the 2006 season, telling the local paper that “‘I’ve come here to try and help out to get this club back into Super League.” Moran quickly established himself in the Widnes side, and earned himself a place in the 2006 National League One Dream Team, before taking the National League One Player of the Year award in 2007 after a brilliant second year at the Club. 

 

Tom Gilmore

Widnes-born Tom has spent the majority of his career at the Vikings, but had a spell in 2015 in the Capital with the Broncos. Coming through as a Halton Farnworth Hornets junior, Tom made waves in the Vikings Academy setup as a controlling half back with a good kicking game, Gilmore made his debut as a 19-year old against London Broncos in 2012. With Kevin Brown and Joe Mellor occupying the half back positions, Gilmore sought game-time elsewhere, and Tony Rea and the Broncos offered him first team opportunities. 15 appearances were made, scoring four tries, before Gilmore returned for the 2016 season. With Brown departing, and Mellor moved to stand off, Tom was handed the number 7 shirt at the start of the 2017, and was voted as vice-captain in the Vikings’ Leadership Group. However, injuries has hampered his progression and time on the field throughout the year. Tom has been named in the Vikings’ 19-man squad for Saturday’s game, and could be in line to make an appearance against his former club.

 

Martin Offiah

Regarded as one of the game’s greatest ever wingers, Martin Offiah was brought to rugby league by the Doug Laughton and the Vikings in 1987 after impressing in a ‘Sevens’ tournament down South. Offiah quickly became known for his lightning speed and try scoring abilities in England and Down Under, and was part of the Widnes team that were crowned World Champions in 1989. Offiah would spend four years with the Chemics, playing 145 times, and crossing for an incredible 181 tries, with short spells with Eastern Suburbs and St George in Australia proving successful also. Offiah moved to Wigan Warriors in 1992, for a world record fee of £440,000, and quickly formed a partnership with Gene Miles and started in the manner he finished with Widnes. After 186 tries in 159 games, including the infamous try against Leeds in the Challenge Cup final in 1994, Offiah moved on to London Broncos and Salford City Reds before hanging up his boots. With an outstanding record of 424 appearances, and 444 tries in a brilliant career, Offiah’s time in rugby league is now immortalised at Wembley with a statue outside the famous stadium.

   

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

Danny Craven                2 goals will take Danny to 50 career goals 

Stefan Marsh                  2 points will take Stefan to 300 career points

Joe Mellor                      150th Widnes appearance

                                     1 point will take Joe to 250 career points

Corey Thompson            3 tries will take Corey to 250 career points

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