Date: 3rd August
Venue: Select Security Stadium
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Teams

Widnes Vikings 19 man squad:

Patrick Ah Van, Dave Allen, Kevin Brown, Hep Cahill, Liam Carberry, Jon Clarke, Chris Dean, Danny Galea, Phys Hanbury, Willie Isa, Phil Joseph, Ben Kavanagh, Macgraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Jack Owens, Danny Tickle, Lloyd White

Hull KR 19 man squad:

Travis Burns, Keal Carlile, Omari Caro, Jason Chan, Ben Cockayne, Neville Costigan, Jordan Cox, Greg Eden, Ade Gardner, James Green, Josh Hodgson, Graeme Horne, Kris Keating, Kevin Larroyer, Jason Netherton, Connor Robinson, Liam Salter, Adam Walker, Kris Welham.

Preview

Widnes and Hull KR lock horns on Sunday with just one point separating the two teams who are battling it out for eighth place.

The Vikings have been clinging onto their place in the eight for a while and will be looking to give themselves some breathing space with a victory over KR.

Widnes go into this one off the back of a defeat as St Helens brought them back down to earth with a 44-22 victory at Langtree Park.

Hull KR capitalised on Widnes’ defeat as they hammered London Broncos 10-62 as the side from the capital are still without a Super League point this season.

Eamon O’Carroll has missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury and Widnes welcome him back to the 19, with Jack Owens and Phil Joseph also in contention to make the side to face Hull. Cameron Phelps misses out due to injury but Kevin Brown has been named despite a heavy knock against St Helens which will be a big boost to the Vikings.

Hull KR make five changes, the most significant of those is Ben Cockayne’s return from a seven game absence. Keal Carlile, Omari Caro, Graeme Horne and Kris Keating also return with Craig Hall, Macauley Hallet, David Hodgson, Aaron Ollett and Mick Weyman missing out.

Both sides have only two wins in their last five and will be desperate to keep their points tally ticking over with the winners of this encounter finishing the weekend in the play-off places.

Widnes will look to Kevin Brown for inspiration as he has been their stand out player this season and with forwards O’Carroll and Joseph available they can add strength to their pack.

Ben Cockayne will be a danger to the Vikings and Greg Eden goes into this game off the back of a brilliant display at London. Keating and Burns will reunite in the halves which could help KR to victory.

Prediction

A tight encounter expected here, just like the first time these met this season, and like that fixture I’m predicting Widnes to just edge out KR with the Select Security Stadium being a fortress for the Vikings this year. Widnes by 6.

Form

Widnes Vikings

League Position: 8th, 21 points, -122

Last 5: WLLWL

Last Win: vs Warrington, Home, Round 21, 28-14

Last Defeat: vs St Helens, Away, Round 22, 44-22

Last time they met: W, Away, Round 12, 29-34

 

Hull KR

League Position: 9th, 20 points, +2

Last 5: LWLLW

Last Win: vs London Broncos, Away, Round 22, 10-62

Last Defeat: vs Salford Red Devils, Home, Round 21, 18-38

Last time they met: L, Home, Round 12, 29-34