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11th May 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Leeds Rhinos on Friday night at the Halton Stadium in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Sixth Round (8.00pm kick off).

The Vikings will be aiming to extend an unbeaten home record that stretches back to 2014, including a brilliant 23-6 victory over the Rhinos in round three of the 2018 season.

We have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of tonight’s clash at the Halton Stadium…

 

Tickets

Tickets for this cup match are available to purchase up until kick-off (8:00pm). 

 

Squad news

The Vikings make three changes from the side which faced Huddersfield Giants last week. Patrick Ah Van, Danny Craven and on-loan Jimmy Keinhorst miss out, with Ed Chamberlain and Ted Chapelhow coming into 19-man squad. Stefan Marsh is also in contention to start having missed recent weeks through injury.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Burke, Cahill, Chamberlain, J Chapelhow, T Chapelhow, Gerrard, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Ince, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Olbison, Runciman, Wellington, White, Whitley, Wilde.

Brian McDermott’s Rhinos make just two changes to the side that were defeated by Warrington last Friday night. Mikolaj Oledzki replaces Brad Singleton, who missed out with a broken hand, while Brad Dwyer comes in for winger Ash Handley.

Leeds Rhinos 19-man squad: Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Hall, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Jones-Buchanon, Ablett, Ward, Dwyer, Mullally, Ferres, Peteru, Handley, Walker, Oledzki, Walters. 

 

Form

Denis Betts’ side come into the game off the back of a narrow 28-18 loss at Huddersfield last week. Despite a spectacular finish in the corner by Ryan Ince, the Vikings were unable to overcome their Yorkshire rivals.

However, Widnes are in good form in the Challenge Cup, progressing through from the last round of the competition courtesy of a 17-try demolition of Coventry Bears.

Leeds are in a mixed vein of form, having won just one of their last four games. Following narrow defeats to Wigan and Hull FC in recent weeks, the Rhinos let slip an 11-point lead in the last 20 minutes against the Warrington Wolves, and now find themselves in sixth in the Betfred Super League table.

Widnes Vikings: LLLLLLW                               Wigan Warriors: LWLLWWD

 

Head to Head - LAST 6 MEETINGS

February 25, 2018: Widnes Vikings 23-6 Leeds Rhinos

May 29, 2017: Widnes Vikings 28-20 Leeds Rhinos

April 17, 2017: Leeds Rhinos 42-22 Widnes Vikings

July 3, 2016: Leeds Rhinos 22-23 Widnes Vikings

February 14, 2016: Widnes Vikings 56-12 Leeds Rhinos

May 10, 2015: Widnes Vikings 38-24 Leeds Rhinos

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