Hull KR will look to continue their recent form and make it three wins in a row as they travel to the Halton Stadium to take on the Widnes Vikings. Here’s everything you need to know:
Francis Cummings makes three changes to his side as Wellington Albert moves back into the squad following injury, with Olly Ashall-Bott and Ted Chapelhow also coming into the 19-man squad.
Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore and Sam Wilde drop out of the squad following last week’s defeat to St. Helens.
Danny Craven will have the opportunity to register the fiftieth conversion of his career, currently at 49, while two tries for Tom Olbison will register 100 career tries.
Widnes 19-man squad: Ashall-Bolt, Buckley, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Walker, Albert, Whitley, Wilde.
Tim Sheens finds himself without the services of Ryan Shaw and Junior Vaivai through injury while Will Dagger also drops out of the 19-man squad.
Elliot Wallis and Justin Carney come in as cover for Shaw, yet Carney faces a late fitness test in the team’s final run. Chris Clarkson also returns to the squad after missing last weeks victory of Salford.
Hull KR 19-man squad: Quinlin, McGuire, Scruton, Lunt, Masoe, Blair, Greenwood, Kavanagh, Donaldson, Clarkson, Lee, Mulhern, Salter, Atkin, Oakes, Tickle, Carney, Wallis, Tomkins.
HEAD TO HEAD
Hull KR have enjoyed the best of the spoils in this fixture recently, with five wins in the past six meetings including a 31-12 victory earlier this year.
Hull KR also come into the game with the form on their side with three wins and a draw in their last six games, including a 52-22 demolition of Salford Red Devils.
Rooted at the foot of the table, Widnes find themselves without a league win since round 7, yet since the introduction of Francis Cummings, performances have seen an improvement.
KEY BATTLE- Joe Mellor v Danny McGuire
Last week’s hat-trick confirmed the importance of McGuire to the Hull KR team, his quality still shining through at the age of 35 whereas Mellor has grown into a leader on the pitch for the Vikings as one of their most senior players.
Joe Mellor tops the Vikings assists charts with 11 while also crossing for 4 tries himself. McGuire has registered 5 tries and 9 assists as his form continue from last years grand final masterpiece.
Vital in the attacking cogs of their respective teams, given a platform to perform on both these players could be the matchwinner in this must-win bottom four clash.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Saturday 14th July
Venue: Halton Stadium
Referee: T. Grant
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