Both sides lost in the last round of matches so which side will put the wrongs right this weekend? Widnes will go in as favourites but Leigh, despite not being in Super League contention for next season, are a great side on their day and coach Paul Rowley will be wanting to see improvements on past weeks.
Last Time Out
Widnes Vikings lost out to Salford Red Devils at the Select Security Stadium. Salford went six points up in the early stages after a Josh Griffin try as well as a penalty goal from Michael Dobson. Patrick Ah Van got Widnes off the mark a short while afterwards but it the half belonged to the Red Devils, who scored two more tries. Scott Taylor and Cory Paterson both touched down before Liam Hood was sin-binned for the Red Devils. Widnes were 18-4 down at half-time but started the second half with a numerical advantage. Even with an extra man on the field, they still conceded due to the power of Junior Sa’u proving too much. Even when Hood came back to the action, Salford didn’t have the full complement of players for long as Harrison Hansen was sin-binned before the hour mark. Lloyd White got a try back for the hosts but it just wasn’t the Vikings’ day, nothing seemed to go smoothly in attack and Salford did their job well. The game ended on a sour note, Kevin Brown and Griffin were sent off for a punch-up in the dying embers.
Leigh Centurions’ Super League hopes were blown to smithereens by fellow Championship side Bradford Bulls. There was nothing to separate the two sides at half-time, with the score at 10-10. Jake Mullaney and Danny Williams put Bradford ten points in front but, in the final few minutes of the half, Adam Higson and Gregg McNally replied with a try each for the Centurions. The second half went the way of Bradford, unfortunately for Leigh. Williams completed his brace before Addy made it a two score game with a penalty goal. Matty Blythe extended the lead for Bradford with a vital four-pointer, Leigh were too late to respond as Bob Beswick crossed for a consolation. Blythe’s last minute try sent the travelling Bradford fans into delirium while the Centurions were left deflated on what could have been.
Gregg McNally has been a consistent performer for the Centurions this season and he’ll be tested to his limits in a one-on-one situation should Rhys Hanbury make a break as expected on home turf. The two full-backs are very entertaining to watch, in both attack and defence, and it’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top in this battle.
Widnes have always been a rather safe bet ‘on the plastic’ at the Select Security Stadium, But after a loss last weekend, Leigh will fancy their chances of beating the Vikings. A victory over Super League opposition will lay down a marker for next season as the Centurions are expected to return to the middle eights as a more well-rounded outfit. However, as said before, Widnes will go in as favourites with the bookies and rightly so – Widnes by 14
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