St Helens Match Preview

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17th May 2018

Widnes Vikings take on St Helens on Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park to kick off the Super League round of fixtures at the Dacia Magic Weekend 2018 (3.00pm kick off).

The Vikings will be hoping to secure a big win against the table-toppers, having secured a 16-14 win over the then-Keiron Cunningham side little over 12 months ago.

We have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of Saturday’s game in the north-east....

 

Tickets

Tickets are available from the Vikings Superstore in Tesco Extra, by calling the ticket line: 0151 495 2250 (option 2). Click here for full ticket info...

 

Squad news

Widnes welcome back several first-team stars. Including Joe Mellor, Patrick Ah Van and Danny Craven. Danny Walker also comes back into the fold alongside Jimmy Keinhorst, who was unable to face his parent club Leeds last week.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Hanbury, Marsh, Runciman, Ah Van, Mellor, Gilmore, Gerrard, Whitley, Cahill, Craven, Olbison, Wilde, Burke, Leuluai, Johnstone, D.Walker, Heremaia, Wellington, Keinhorst.

St Helens make just one change to their squad with Matty Lees coming into the side in place of Ireland international Kyle Amor.

Amor misses the clash having received a one-match penalty notice for a dangerous tackle in their Challenge Cup clash away at Castleford.

St Helens 19-man squad: Lomax, Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Swift, Fages, Smith, Roby, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba.

 

Form

The Vikings come into this clash having been knocked out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup by Leeds Rhinos last Friday, albeit producing an extremely determined display against the reigning champions of Super League.

Despite being 23-4 down with little over a quarter of the game remaining, Denis Betts’ men hit back thanks to Matt Whitley’s second of the evening, Alex Gerrard’s rampaging effort and Charly Runciman’s well-worked team try.

Despite not progressing, Widnes will be able to take heart from their display and will need to carry a similarly positive attitude when they take on Super League’s in-form side.

 

The Saints secured a 36-18 win over Castleford Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Saturday to book their place in the last eight of the Challenge Cup, largely thanks to the work of Ben Barba, whose hat-trick and two try assists set Justin Holbrook’s side on their way.

The Saints are currently two points clear of Wigan in the league, having lost just two of their 14 league games in 2018.

 

Widnes Vikings: WLLWLLL                          St Helens: WWWLWWW

 

Head to Head - LAST 6 MEETINGS

April 2, 2018- Widnes Vikings 6-28 St Helens

June 9, 2017- St Helens 26-10 Widnes Vikings

April 21, 2017- Widnes Vikins 16-14 St Helens

September 18, 2016- Widnes Vikings 8-21 St Helens

July 8, 2016- St Helens 12-10 Widnes Vikings

March 28, 2016- Widnes Vikings 12-20 St Helens

 

Milestones

Patrick Ah Van               3 tries will take Patrick to 100 tries in the British game

 

Tom Gilmore                  3 points will take Tom to 200 career points

 

Rhys Hanbury                200th appearance in the British game.

                                    175th SL game

 

Aaron Heremaia             5 points will take Aaron to 300 career points in both hemispheres

 

Stefan Marsh                  150th career appearance

 

Tom Olbison                   2 tries will take Tom to 100 career points

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