2018 Super League – Widnes Vikings vs Hull KR Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 14th July, 15:00

Where? The Select Security Stadium

What channel is it on? Widnes Vikings vs Hull KR 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: Albert, Ashall-Bott, Buckley, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, D. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Keanan Brand, Chris Dean, Lloyd White, Hep Cahill, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Weller Hauraki

  • Widnes were comfortably beaten by league leaders St Helens last week. The bottom-placed Vikings could only muster one try as Saints had far too much for them in a 36-6 defeat for Widnes.

  • Francis Cummins makes three changes to his 19-man squad with Olly Ashall-Bott, Ted Chapelhow and Wellington Albert coming in. Making way for those are Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore and Weller Hauraki.

  • It’s now 13 straight defeats for Widnes in Super League with their last win coming in Round 7 with a home win, where all three of Widnes’ wins have come this season.

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Donaldson, Greenwood, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Masoe, McGuire, Mulhern, Oakes, Quinlan, Salter, Scruton, Tickle, Tomkins, Wallis

Unavailable: Danny Addy, George Lawler, Andrew Heffernan, Thomas Minns, Lee Jewitt, Todd Carney, Ryan Shaw, Junior Vaivai

  • Hull KR won back-to-back Super League games for the first time this season with a thumping win over Salford last week. Rovers were clinical throughout as they claimed a convincing 52-22 victory.

  • Will Dagger is left out whilst Ryan Shaw and Junior Vaivai have picked up injuries. Chris Clarkson, Justin Carney and Elliot Wallis all come back into the 19-man squad.

  • Hull KR haven’t won three Super League games in a row since 2015 but can do that with a win here against bottom-placed Widnes.

THE PREDICTION

Hull KR need a miracle to avoid the Middle 8s after the results so far in this round of fixtures but can keep up their recent good form with a third consecutive win here. Widnes are already consigned to the Middle 8s but desperately need to end their 13-game losing run. The Vikings have won three games at home this season which are their only wins in Super League after a miserable campaign. Rovers were clinical last week as they ran in their highest total in attack this season and with back-to-back wins under their belt, the Robins can add a third consecutive win here.