by Jonny Whitfield
Hull FC face Widnes at the Select Security Stadium on Thursday, hoping to avenge their worst defeat of the season – and secure a crucial win.
The two sides met at the home of the Vikings in March, when Denis Betts’ men won 46-6 – a victory that was a hallmark of their early season form.
Hull FC will hope to avenge their heaviest loss of 2016 by securing a crucial win that would consolidate their place at the top of Super League.
The Airlie Birds lost to Castleford in round one of the Super Eights, a game which saw an hour pass by without a Hull FC score.
The defeat allowed Wigan to draw level with Lee Radford’s men at the top, making a Black and White win on Thursday crucial.
The Challenge Cup finalists have nevertheless secured a convincing 30-10 win themselves over Widnes this term, which came at the KCOM Stadium in June.
Hull had five try-scorers on that occasion, including Danny Houghton and Jamie Shaul, and the same five are included in the 19-man squad this week.
The Vikings lost to Catalan in round one, but could go one point behind Castleford in seventh with two points on Thursday.
Half-backs Kevin Brown and Joe Mellor both scored a try in the 46-6 win back in March, while Corey Thompson has a brace this season against the Black and Whites, which came in the same tie.
Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Ah Van, Brown, Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, J Chapelow, T Chapelow, Farrell, Heremaia, Houston, Johnstone, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Mellor, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley.
Hull FC 19-man squad: Bowden, Ellis, Fonua, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Manu, Michaels, Minichiello, Pritchard, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Thompson, Tuimavave, Washbrook, Watts, Yeaman.
|51-53 Lower House Ln, Widnes WA8 7DX, UK|