It’s a battle at the bottom of Super League on Thursday night, as Widnes Vikings welcome Leigh Centurions to the Select Security Stadium live on Sky Sports.
Last Time Out
Widnes Vikings enjoyed a week off for the Challenge Cup last weekend, as their Select Security Stadium hosted Elton John while it took a week off from rugby league. In their last outing the Vikings were beaten by local rivals St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but they have recorded back-to-back wins over Catalans Dragons and Leeds Rhinos in their last two home fixtures.
Leigh Centurions also didn’t feature last week, but the last time they took the field they secured a huge win over neighbours Wigan Warriors in what was billed as the ‘battle of the borough’. They ran out 50-34 winners in the derby match-up, as the two points lifted them above this week’s opponents and off the bottom of the table.
Widnes will be looking to Rangi Chase for the magic which could separate the two sides, but it was hat-trick hero Danny Craven who stole the show in their win at the Leigh Sports Village back in April. He may not feature this time though with the return of Joe Mellor to the 19-man-squad, but if he does Craven’s combination with Chase will be crucial to the outcome of the game.
Leigh have a more settled partnership of Ben Reynolds and Josh Drinkwater in the halves though, and will look to their pivots for inspiration on Thursday evening. Size could be the difference though, as powerhouse forwards Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle and Dayne Weston will look to win the battle in the middle.
Both sides will be desperate to pick up the win here as they look to avoid being bottom at the end of the 80 minutes. Widnes have a perfect record of four wins from four in the top flight against the Centurions, but will they gain revenge for the defeat earlier in the season? Widnes Vikings by 12.
Leigh Centurions 19-man squad: Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, James Green, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Antoni Mari, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Nick Rawsthorne, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea, Dayne Weston
Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Chris Bridge, Jack Buchanan, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Rangi Chase, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Jordan Johnstone, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Corey Thompson, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley
Referee: James Child
Venue: Select Security Stadium, Widnes
Date/Time: Thursday 22nd June 2017 – 20:00pm GMT