Widnes Vikings vs Catalans Dragons Preview

The Lowdown


  • Widnes will be looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season after they produced one of their best performances of the season to defeat Leeds 28-20 at home on Monday.
  • Denis Betts is boosted by the return of Stefan Marsh and Matt Whitley from injuries but loses Greg Burke and Lloyd White as Widnes continue to struggle to name their best squad.
  • The Vikings have tasted victory just three times this season but are unbeaten in their last four games when facing Catalans at home in the league.

Head Coach: Denis Betts

Squad: Chris Bridge, Jack Buchanan, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Rangi Chase, Gil Dudson, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde

Unavailable: Patrick Ah Van (Achilles), Danny Craven (Injured), Joe Mellor (Injured), Tom Armstrong (Injured), MacGraff Leuluai (Injured), Chris Dean (Injured), Tom Gilmore (Injured), Eamon O'Carroll (Injured), Lloyd White (Injured), Greg Burke (Injured)


  • Catalans produced a late comeback to beat Hull on Monday to provide the perfect response to their heavy defeat away at Salford Red Devils three days before.
  • Interim coaches Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan make just one enforced change to their 19-man squad with Julian Bousquet serving a one-match ban and he is replaced by Thibaut Margalet.
  • Catalans' win against Hull was their first in six league games. It came at a crucial time too as the win boosted them back into the top 8, and another win here would see them looking up the table rather than down.

Head Coach: Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan

Squad: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Greg Bird, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Jordan Dezaria, Vincent Duport, Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Ugo Perez, Arthur Romano, Paul Seguier, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Luke Walsh, Fouad Yaha

Unavailable: Julian Bousquet (Suspended), Justin Horo (Injured), Luke Burgess (Knee), Jason Baitieri (Wrist), Jodie Broughton (Injured), Ben Garcia (Injured), Louis Anderson (Injured), Thomas Bosc (Injured), Brayden Wiliame (Injured)

Analysis - what to expect
This is arguably the biggest game of the season for both of these sides. Widnes gave themselves a glimmer of hope in their quest to pull themselves up the table and challenge for a place in the Super 8s with their win over Leeds, and back-to-back wins could be the turning point in their season. The run of five Super League defeats came to an end for Catalans in their game against Hull and they know a win here would consolidate their place in the top 8. Widnes will be buoyed by their win on Monday and should win again here, extending their unbeaten run over Catalans in the league to five games.