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23 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Widnes Vikings Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 24th June, 15:00

Where? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Wakefield Trinity vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/events/home/Widnes_Vikings_171

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Craig Huby, Liam Finn, Justin Horo

  • Wakefield pushed Warrington all the way last week but their slow start ultimately cost them. Trailing by 16 points at half-time, Trinity produced a great fightback in the second half but their comeback effort fell just short as they went down 30-32.

  • James Batchelor replaces Justin Horo in the only change to Chris Chester’s 19-man squad for Trinity.

  • Last week’s loss was Wakefield third home defeat from their eight games this season but they have only lost those three by a combined nine points.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ashall-Bott, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hauraki, Heremaia, Ince, Inu, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Runciman, B. Walker, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Keanan Brand, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill, Patrick Ah Van, Danny Craven, Rhys Hanbury, Chris Houston, Tom Olbison

  • Widnes look set for another relegation battle in the Middle 8s after another defeat left them nine points outside of the top 8 with just 12 to play for. Their latest loss came away at Salford last week with the Vikings going down 26-12.

  • Olly Ashall-Bott, Gil Dudson, Krisnan Inu, Macgraff Leuluai, Brad Walker, Danny Walker and Sam Wilde are all named in the 19-man squad with Dudson and Inu returning from long-term injuries. Patrick Ah Van, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Rhys Hanbury, Chris Houston, Dan Norman and Tom Olbison make way.

  • Widnes have now lost 10 Super League matches in succession whilst they have lost all seven of their away games this season.

THE PREDICTION

Wakefield will be hoping to take advantage of their game in hand to put some breathing space between themselves and the chasing pack. They host Widnes, a team who have lost 10 consecutive Super League games whilst they have failed to win away from home all season. Trinity finished strongly against Warrington last week but couldn’t quite do enough to claim the win having been 16 points down at half-time. Widnes were poor against one of their main rivals in Salford and fell to yet another disappointing defeat. Wakefield are strong at home and should claim a comfortable win here.

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