2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Widnes Vikings Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 30th March, 15:00

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? Warrington Wolves vs Widnes Vikings will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://shop.warringtonwolves....

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, Atkins, K. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Currie, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Murdoch-Masila, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Smith, Westwood

Unavailable: Matty Russell, Declan Patton, Morgan Smith, Dom Crosby, Mitch Brown, Harvey Livett

  • Warrington appear to have turned the corner after they won their second consecutive game in good fashion last week. They beat a good Wakefield side in a high-scoring contest whilst also showing some character having gone in behind at the break. They eventually ran out 34-24 winners.
  • Steve Price has made two changes from last week’s squad with Morgan Smith and Ben Currie returning. They come in for Mitch Brown and Harvey Livett.
  • Last week’s 34 points were welcome for Warrington as they scored their most number of points in any game this season, beating the 26 points that they’d scored the week before. Their attack is moving in the right direction but they will still want to improve on their average of 17 points per game.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Burke, Chamberlain, T. Chapelhow, Dean, Dudson, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Inu, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, B. Walker, Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White, Stanton Albert, Jay Chapelhow, Alex Gerrard, Danny Walker, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill, Danny Craven, Matt Whitley

  • Widnes managed to overcome a half-time deficit to beat Salford last week. The Vikings were behind until the final 10 minutes when two tries sealed the win for them in a 24-16 victory.
  • Danny Craven and Matt Whitley make way for Denis Betts’ side with Whitley’s injury a huge blow for Widnes. Gil Dudson and Tom Gilmore return to the 19-man squad.
  • Widnes have lost their last 10 competitive fixtures against Warrington in all competitions. The Vikings last came out on top in a contest between the two in April 2015.

THE PREDICTION

Warrington host Widnes in what is becoming somewhat of a regulation win for the Wolves. Widnes had a chance to end their poor run against Warrington earlier in the season but yet again fell to defeat with the Wolves coming out on top back in February. Back then, Warrington didn’t look too impressive but their last two wins have been just that for different reasons. Whilst Widnes won last week, they still have plenty to improve on and must do so without plenty of their first team regulars who remain sidelined. Warrington should extend their winning run here and could do so in good fashion.