Halifax host Widnes at the Shay on Sunday in round six of the Challenge Cup. Both sides enjoyed big wins in the previous round.
In round five, Widnes demolished League One side Rochdale, while Halifax sent the lowest ranked team, Lock Lane, out of the competition. Both Halifax and Widnes scored more than sixty points in their respective ties, so the two sides meeting has the potential to produce a thriller.
The last time the sides met was in the Middle Eights Qualifiers’ last season, where Widnes won 14-0 in West Yorkshire. Vikings centre Charly Runciman debuted for Denis Betts’ men that day, scoring a brace of tries alongside an Alex Gerrard score.
The away side have only managed one win in the last seven, and that was the cup win over Rochdale. Fax meanwhile, are on a three-game unbeaten run in all competitions and will be looking to cause another Super League upset.
Halifax centres Steve Tyrer and Ben Watson could cause problems for the Widnes defence – the pair finished as the club’s top two try scorers last season respectively.
For Widnes, hooker Lloyd White looks set to make his 100th appearance for the club on Sunday, a landmark achievement from a player who has been part of the club’s progression under Denis Betts over recent years.
Halifax 19-man squad: Bennion, Fairbank, Greenwood, Heaton, Johnston, Kaye, Manning, B. Moore, G. Moore, Morris, Murrell, A. Robinson, C. Robinson, Saltonstall, Sharp, Smeaton, Tangata, Tyrer
Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Cahill, Chamberlain, Chapelow, Dean, Dudson, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Johnstone, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Mellor, O’Carroll, Runciman, Sa, Thompson, Walker, White, Whitley