Wakefield Trinity Match Preview

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16th March 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Wakefield Trinity at the Mobile Rocket Stadium in the 2018 Betfred Super League on Saturday 17th March, 6:30pm kick off.

The Vikings will be looking to secure their first victory on the road in 2018, and victory will keep them in the upper ends of the Betfred Super League table after an encouraging start to the new 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 for the Vikings’ trip to Wakefield are available to purchase for supporters at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. £3 increase for match day prices. Click here for full ticket details…


Squad News 

The Vikings make four changes from the 19-man squad that took on Huddersfield Giants last weekend, as Ted Chapelhow, MacGraff Leuluai, Ryan Ince and Brad Walker replace Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Tom Gilmore and Wellington Albert in the squad.

Widnes Vikings: Burke, Chamberlain, T.Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Inu, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, B.Walker, Whitley, Wilde.

Chris Chester has made just one change to the side that was defeated by Wigan Warriors last weekend, with Mason Cason-Brown returning in place of Keegan Hirst.

Wakefield Trinity: Arona, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood.



At the time of writing, Denis Betts’ side head into the game in 6th place in Super League, and will be looking to right the wrongs of the recent defeat against Huddersfield Giants on home soil. A victory at the Mobile Rocket Stadium would set the Vikings back on track for a top eight finish in 2018.

Wakefield Trinity have started 2018 superbly, and were running with a 100% record until they were halted by Wigan Warriors last weekend. Trinity finished 5th in Super League last season, and on their early season form, are set for another assault on the top four this time around. 

2018 Form

Wakefield Trinity: WWWWL          Widnes Vikings: WLLWLL


Previous Meetings:

Recent meetings between the Vikings and Trinity have been split evenly between the pair, with four wins a-piece in the last eight meetings since 2015. The Vikings could not find a performance to defeat Trinity in 2017, and will be looking to change this on Saturday evening. 

14th July 2017: Wakefield Trinity win 36-8 at Halton Stadium

20th May 2017: Wakefield Trinity win 34-12 at St James' Park, Newcastle

7th April 2017: Wakefield Trinity win 30-4 at The Beaumont Legal Stadium

21st August 2016: Widnes Vikings win 40-8 at Select Security Stadium Halton

29th April 2016: Wakefield Trinity win 18-16 at Select Security Stadium Halton

7th February 2016: Widnes Vikings win 24-16 at Belle Vue Stadium

12th September 2015: Widnes Vikings win 46-4 at Belle Vue

24th May 2015: Widnes Vikings win 30-18 at Belle Vue Stadium


Stats over last eight encounters:

Total Points: Wakefield Trinity - 164, Widnes Vikings - 180

Total Wins: Wakefield Trinity - 4, Widnes Vikings - 4

Total Tries: Wakefield Trinity - 29, Widnes Vikings - 32

Total Goals: Wakefield Trinity - 24, Widnes Vikings - 26


Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

Danny Craven                        1 point will take Danny to 200 points for Widnes

                                             2 goals will give Danny a career total of 50 goals.


Chris Dean                             2 tries will give Chris 100 points in SL for Widnes


Rhys Hanbury                        2 tries will take Rhys to 100 tries in the British game


Krisnan Inu                             1 goal will take Krisnan to 150 career goals in both                                                                 hemispheres

                                               6 points will take Krisnan to 100 points in SL

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