Leigh Centurions vs Widnes Vikings Preview

The Lowdown

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh were left to kick themselves last week after letting a 12-point half-time lead slip against Wakefield and failing to score in the second half of that game to lose 28-24.
  • They welcome back Liam Hood from injury and recall Martin Ridyard to boost their squad as Curtis Naughton and Eloi Pelissier make way for the returning duo.
  • Despite losing last week, confidence remains high especially at home where they have won their last three matches in front of their passionate fans.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, James Green, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Micky Higham, Adam Higson, Gareth Hock, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Ben Reynolds, Martyn Ridyard, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston

Unavailable: Despite losing last week, confidence remains high especially at home where they have won their last three matches in front of their passionate fans

WIDNES VIKINGS

  • The Widnes Vikings have not won any of their last 9 matches and confidence is exceptionally low right now as they come off a 46-10 beating at the hands of Salford.
  • Injuries have hit Denis Betts' men hard but they are given some respite this week with the return of Tom Gilmore, Manase Manuokafoa and Greg Burke who are all fit again.
  • Both Heremaia and Johnstone both picked up knocks last week but should be passed fit in a week where the club CEO issued a statement to try unite the club and fans in this difficult spell of form.

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Tom Armstrong, Chris Bridge, Sam Brooks, Greg Burke, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Tom Gilmore, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Matt Whitley

Unavailable: Hep Cahill (Knee), Joe Mellor (Knee), Eamon O'Carroll (Shoulder), Chris Dean (Torn biceps), Patrick Ah Van, Alex Gerrard, Jack Buchanan, Corey Thompson, Lloyd White


Analysis - what to expect
Widnes are in absolute freefall right now and without a win all season, they go to a Leigh side that has won their last three at home. Denis Betts finally has some positive team news with Gilmore returning, but that is unlikely to be enough against a tough and experienced Leigh team who should edge this.