Widnes Vikings take on Warrington Wolves in #TheBigOne on Thursday 13th April. A big crowd is expected at the Halton Stadium for the game and Denis Betts’ side will be wanting to put on a performance that will move the Club above their local rivals in a derby that is sure to be intense and enthralling as the Vikings try to break the Club record for a Thursday fixture.
Tickets for this game are available up until kick-off. Tickets can be bought online by clicking here, through our ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or by visiting the Vikings Superstore located within Tesco Extra, Widnes.
The Vikings make a few changes to the 19-man squad that took on Wakefield Trinity last week with Keanan Brand, Tom Gilmore and Manase Manuokafoa being replaced by Greg Burke, Stefan Marsh and Chris Dean. Joe Mellor keeps his place in the squad with a starting spot likely for the Vikings co-captain.
Widnes Vikings: Armstrong, Bridge, Brooks, Burke, J.Chapelhow, T.Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Dudson, Gerrard, Hanbury, Houston, Johnstone, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, Whitley.
The Wolves will be missing Mike Cooper and ex-Vikings captain Kevin Brown for the trip on Thursday, whilst Westwood is ruled out through suspension. Benjamin Jullien and Andre Savelio are back into the squad for this week’s game.
Warrington Wolves: Atkins, Clark, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, Jullien, G.King, T.King, Lineham, Livett, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Savelio, Sims, Westerman.
Denis Betts’ side head into this game on the back of a 30-4 defeat at the Beaumont Legal Stadium against Wakefield Trinity. A win for the Vikings will take them above their local rivals, and will be doing all they can to rectify last weekend’s result in Yorkshire.
The Wolves got their first win of the season against Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones Stadium last weekend in a determined 25-12 victory. That win over the Rhinos took Tony Smith’s side above the Vikings and off the bottom of the Super League table and will be hoping to put a run together to push them towards the top eight after a slow start.
Widnes Vikings: DLLLWL Warrington Wolves: LLLLDW
In 2016, the Vikings were beaten by Tony Smith’s side on all the occasions that they met, including an encounter in the Super League Super 8s.
The Vikings have recorded some memorable victories against their opponents since the Club’s return to Super League. A 16-6 victory, in a game where Hep Cahill saw red early in the first half, is a fond memory, whilst a similar performance in a 30-10 victory over the Easter period in 2015 will want to be repeated.
Widnes Vikings Milestones
If selected, Danny Craven will pass 250 career points if he scores 5 points in Thursday’s game. One try will also take Danny through 50 points for Widnes in Super League.
If selected, two tries will take Corey Thompson through 200 points in both hemispheres during his career.