Wakefield Trinity Match Preview

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8th May 2019

Widnes Vikings continue their journey in the Coral Challenge Cup on Friday evening, as they travel to the Mobile Rocket Stadium to take on Wakefield Trinity (kick-off 7:45pm).

Kieron Purtill’s side take on the Super League outfit in the sixth round of the competition, hoping to book their place in the last eight.

Ahead of Friday’s tie, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics in our match preview…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill has named an unchanged squad from last week’s victory, with Ryan Ince, Harrison Hansen, Tom Gilmore, Olly Ashall-Bott, Anthony Gelling and Owen Buckley all unavailable.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Owen Farnworth, Sam Freeman, Jayden Hatton, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Lloyd Roby, Dom Speakman, Brad Walker, Liam Walsh, Sam Wilde.

Chris Chester has made just one change to his squad for Friday night’s clash, as James Batchelor returns from a lengthy lay-off in place of Tinirau Arona.

Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Crowther, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan Hirst, Justin Horo, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Lee Kershaw, George King, Danny Kirmond, Craig Kopczak, Reece Lyne, Pauli Pauli, Tyler Randell, Ben Reynolds, Kyle Wood.

Form Guide

The Vikings ended a two-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon, as they defeated Swinton Lions 32-10 at Heywood Road to climb into 11th place in the Betfred Championship table.

Ted Chapelhow crossed for a brace of tries in a Man of the Match performance, as Sam Wilde, Danny Craven and Joe Lyons also found their way onto the scoresheet.

Jack Owens improved his impressive point scoring tally for the season also, converting all six of his efforts at goal.

Wakefield also bounced back from defeat on Friday evening in dramatic fashion, as a late penalty from Ryan Hampshire secured a 26-25 victory over Huddersfield Giants.

It is the second time they have beaten their opponents by a single point this season, as Mason Caton-Brown scored twice along with David Fifita and Ben Jones-Bishop.

Road to the Sixth Round

Widnes kick-started their Coral Challenge Cup campaign away to League 1 side Oldham, where they picked up a 54-14 victory in which all of the points scored came from Academy graduates.

Jack Owens scored three times and kicked seven goals, with winger Owen Buckley also picking up a hat-trick, as Ryan Ince, Keanan Brand, Lloyd Roby and Jordan Johnstone were also on the scoresheet.

In the last round, Sam Freeman scored four times on his home debut to help the Vikings to a 44-12 triumph over Championship counterparts York City Knights.

Keanan Brand, Joe Lyons, Ryan Ince and Jack Owens also scored on the night, with Owens also knocking over six out of eight conversion attempts.

Wakefield are yet to feature in this year’s competition, and will enter the Challenge Cup on Friday when they host the Vikings.

Last Time Out

These two sides last met in Super League last season, as the Vikings were beaten 44-22 in a rearranged fixture following the original clash being abandoned due to the snow.

Of the current Widnes side, only Ryan Ince crossed for a try and Tom Gilmore kicked three goals, with Trinity scoring eight times in the win.

One to Watch

David Fifita – The Wakefield prop forward has been causing Super League defences headaches all season, and will be a big threat to the Vikings on Friday evening.

Tickets

Full ticket information regarding the Vikings’ trip to Wakefield Trinity on Friday evening can be found by CLICKING HERE.

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