Date: Saturday 30th May

Kick-off: 2.30pm

Venue: St James Park, Newcastle

Teams

Widnes Vikings

Patrick Ah Van, Oliver Ashall, Kevin Brown, Chris Clarkson, Gil Dudson, Danny Galea , Alex Gerrard, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Willie Isa, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Jack Owens, Cameron Phelps, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley

Salford Red Devils

Mason Caton-Brown, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages, Carl Forster, George Griffin, Josh Griffin, Darrell Griffin, Greg Johnson, Ben Jones-Bishop, Harrison Hansen, Weller Hauraki, Liam Hood, Adrian Morley, Cory Paterson, Junior Sa’u, Scott Taylor, Jordan Walne, Jay Walton, Josh Wood

Last 10 Meetings

Salford 36-8 Widnes (SLR7, 26/3/15)

Salford 36-6 Widnes (SLR27, 12/9/14)

Salford 24-30 Widnes (SLR13, 17/5/14) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)

Salford 20-30 Widnes (CCR5, 27/4/14)

Widnes 32-18 Salford (SLR4, 6/3/14)

Salford 4-24 Widnes (SLR27, 6/9/13)

Salford 28-22 Widnes (SLR16, 26/5/13) (at Etihad Stadium, Manchester)

Widnes 58-24 Salford (SLR11, 7/4/13)

Salford 8-46 Widnes (SLR21, 20/7/12)

Widnes 18-38 Salford (SLR3, 19/2/12)

Preview:

Widnes Vikings and Salford Red Devils kick off the first ever Newcastle Magic Weekend as they go head to head at St James Park in the opening game of the two day event.

It is a must win for both teams as they look to cement their place in the top 8 and avoid dropping down to the middle 8’s, as Salford have already lost to Championship opposition in Leigh Centurions this year.

Widnes are in good form going into the game after they beat Leeds Rhinos before last week winning their first away game of the season with a 30-18 victory over Wakefield.

The Red Devils have lost their last six games, including that Challenge Cup loss to Leigh and a 38-14 defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves last week.

Injuries and suspensions have threatened Iyestyn Harris’ chances of leading Salford to the top 8 however if they can get a victory of Denis Betts’ Vikings they could climb back up the table.

Salford have won their last two meetings with Widnes however the last time the two met at Magic Weekend Widnes were on top in a 30-24 victory at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Salford won the previous meeting at Manchester City’s stadium so it is one a-piece going into their third Magic meeting.

Even with a long way to go and a lot of points up for grabs this is a crucial game for both side’s if they want to be competing for the Super League trophy at the end of the season, so expect Magic Weekend to begin with a bang as they go head-to-head in the opener.

Prediction: Widnes Vikings are the in-form team of the two however Magic Weekend could bring the best out of Salford, and with a win against the Vikings already under their belt they will be confident. Widnes should have just enough to get the win though, Vikings by 12.

 

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My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL