Widnes host Hull KR at the Select Security Stadium on Friday, looking to make it two wins in a row. A second win in as many weeks would also compound their strong position in the table.
The Vikings have stumped their critics early on in the season. After being tipped for relegation before the campaign got underway, they now sit top on points difference. But it will be a huge test to see if they can continue to compete with the best, with Friday’s game the first hurdle faced by Denis Betts’ men.
Their opposition are at a polar opposite to their hosts coming into this game. Manager-less, with only a single point to their name, Hull KR have it all to do to beat a confident Widnes outfit – Friday’s game will be assistant coach Willie Poching’s second as caretaker manager.
The home side have another strong squad for the tie against the Robins. Corey Thompson will be looking for his seventh try in just five appearances for his new club, while Stefan Marsh, newly deployed on the wing by Denis Betts, has found a new home out wide – he will be hoping to add to the five scores he has tallied so far.
Hull KR are missing key players, namely Josh Mantellato and Albert Kelly. But in their absence, Willie Poching’s side could still upset their opposition. Ken Sio, Ben Cockaye and Kieran Dixon are just a few of the players that could cause an upset.
Widnes Vikings 19
Bridge, Brown, Cahill, Dean, Dudson, Farrell, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley
Hull KR 19
Allgood, Blair, Clarkson, Cockayne, Dixon, Greenwood, Holker, Lawler, Marsh, Minns, Moran, Mulhern, Salter, Shaw, Sio, Thornley, Tilse, Walker, Wardill