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28 Jul 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs Castleford Tigers Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 29th July, 15:00

Where? The Select Security Stadium

What channel is it on? Widnes Vikings vs Castleford Tigers will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://ticketing.shopvikings.co.uk/frontend/web/index.php?r=match/index

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ah Van, W. Albert, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Farnworth, Finn, Hanbury, Hansen, Hauaraki, Ince, Inu, Leuluai, Mellor, Olbison, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Keanan Brand, Lloyd White, Hep Cahill, Jordan Johnstone, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Stefan Marsh, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Charly Runciman

  • Widnes put in a shambolic performance as they were nilled by Leeds last week. Interim coach Francis Cummins was left annoyed at his side’s lack of effort as they went down to a 34-0 defeat.

  • New signings Harrison Hansen and Liam Finn come straight into the squad. Chris Dean and Rhys Hanbury also return whilst Aaron Heremaia and Chris Houston are amongst those unavailable.

  • Widnes’ search for a Super League win continues with last week’s loss their 15th consecutive defeat.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Eden, Ellis, Gill, Holmes, Laulu-Togaga’e, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Milner, Moors, O’Neill, Sene-Lefao, Shenton, Trueman, Turner, Watts

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Ben Roberts, Alex Foster, Greg Minikin, Joe Wardle, Matt Cook, Grant Millington, Jake Webster

  • Castleford missed the chance to climb to second place in the table as they were defeated by Huddersfield. The Tigers were kept scoreless in the second half as they fell to a 18-32 loss.

  • Matt Cook, Grant Millington and Jake Webster are all out along with youngster Lewis Peachey. New signing Peter Mata’utia is set to make his debut whilst Mike McMeeken returns from injury. Youngsters Jacques O’Neill and Calum Turner also come into the squad.

  • The Tigers have won just three of their last six games but are now all but secure in the top 4 and should be lining up in the semi-finals in September.

THE PREDICTION

Widnes arguably hit a new low last week as they were left embarrassed by a Leeds side that hadn’t won in nine games prior to their win over the Vikings. Widnes were unable to trouble the scorers as they lost by 34 points to nil and now host a Castleford side that sit in fourth place. The Tigers were defeated last night and have been inconsistent of late but their place in the semi-finals looks all but sealed despite there being one game of the regular season left to play. That is this trip to the Vikings and it’s likely the Tigers will extend Widnes’ losing run to 16 with their Super League fate to be decided in the Middle 8s with the Vikings low on confidence.

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