2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 07th April, 18:00

Where? KCOM Craven Park

What channel is it on? Hull KR vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? http://www.tickethour.co.uk/hk...

THE STATISTICS


THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Dagger, Donaldson, Greenwood, Heffernan, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Masoe, McGuire, Minns, Mulhern, Quinlan, Shaw, Tickle, Walne

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Junior Vaivai, Nick Scruton, Lee Jewitt

  • Hull KR’s endured a miserable Easter period which was compounded by a hammering away at Wigan on Monday. Following their defeat at home to 12-man Hull FC, Rovers were then comprehensively beaten 44-6 by the Warriors.
  • In a big boost for head coach Tim Sheens, he is able to recall captain Shaun Lunt, Danny McGuire, Andrew Heffernan, Danny Tickle, Jordan Walne and Rob Mulhern. Nick Scruton and Lee Jewitt miss out through injury whilst Matty Marsh, Liam Salter, Josh Johnson and Will Oakes are dropped from the 19.
  • Rovers are now conceding 24 points per game on average, a number which will have to be reduced if they are to start picking up wins. With just two to their name from nine games, this is a huge game for the Robins.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Albert, Brand, Burke, Chamberlain, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Stanton Albert, Jay Chapelhow, Hep Cahill, Krisnan Inu, Ted Chapelhow, Chris Dean, Tom Gilmore, Brad Walker, Danny Walker

  • Widnes suffered their second loss of the Easter period as they went down to league leaders St Helens on Monday. Following Good Friday’s loss against Warrington, Saints proved too good as Widnes went down 6-28.
  • Denis Betts recalls some of his big guns with Chris Houston, Rhys Hanbury and Matt Whitley amongst the changes this week. Youngster Keanan Brand also receives a call-up whilst Chris Dean and Tom Gilmore amongst the omissions from the 19-man squad as well as Krisnan Inu who has suffered a broken leg.
  • Widnes have won just one of their last five games and now face Hull KR in an important encounter. A win here for the Vikings would put them four points above their opponents but a loss will see Hull KR draw level on them on six competition points.

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR host Widnes in a crucial battle at the bottom of the table. The end of the Easter period usually starts to shape the table and with just over half of the regular season to go, both of these find themselves languishing towards the bottom. The Robins are in 11th whilst Widnes sit two points above them in 8th. Neither side have found any consistent form this season and appear to be fighting it out to avoid the Middle 8s, making any win crucial. The return of some big names for Rovers could prove to be pivotal as they can edge a cagey affair on home soil with the Vikings yet to win away from home this season.