Wakefield Trinity Key Battles

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23rd May 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Wakefield Trinity in the Betfred Super League on Friday 25th May, kick-off 8:00pm. 

To whet the appetite ahead of the clash, we have taken a look at some potential clashes that could occur at Halton Stadium on Friday night...


Tom Johnstone vs. Patrick Ah Van

Friday’s game against Wakefield will boast a difficult challenge for the Vikings and one man in particular, Patrick Ah Van, who may be tasked with nullifying one of the competitions high flyers, Tom Johnstone.

Johnstone, the 22 year old winger, already has a credible list of accolades, including the Super League Young Player of the Year award 2016. 38 tries in 56 appearances shows why he is regarded as one of the country’s best wingers.

At 30 years of age, Ah Van, playing in his 6th year at Widnes, has been a consistent figure in Denis Betts' side in previous years. Ah Van has appeared in 124 Super league games, scoring 85 tries.

Experience is certainly on Ah Van’s side, however a string of injuries have limited his campaign to only four appearances, compared to Johnstone’s 10. With Johnstone's youthfulness and energy a factor on Friday night, Ah Van must use all of his experience to get 'one-up' on the Wakefield winger.


David Fifita vs. Wellington Albert  

This battle of the clubs' South-Sea Islanders will be key in gaining the advantage over the opponent in Friday's clash. Both players are hard-hitting front rowers, and can create something out of nothing to turn the tide of a match.

Wakefield’s Tongan has played 47 Super League games for the club, scoring five tries. The prop forward thrives on coming up against like-minded forwards, and will be relishing his clash against the Papua New Guinea international.

Wellington has made 8 appearances for the Vikings this season, a similar number to Fifita, but with one more try after crossing at the Magic Weekend. The aggressive Papua New Guinean carries the ball in with huge power, allowing Denis Betts' side to start on the front foot.

The two will be looking to get on top of the other during Friday’s game, and Wellington's instinct for an offload will hopefully gain the Vikings a small advantage over their opponents this weekend.


Danny Walker vs. Tyler Randell

Youngster Danny Walker has been in great form at first team and academy level, showing great maturity for a player at such a young age, going up against the likes of James Roby in recent weeks.

Walker’s counterpart, the Australian Tyler Randell, has provided his teammates with consistent quick ball and reliable defensive effort in the heartbeat of the side. Randell is also a threat running from dummy-half, with 34 runs out of dummy half so far this year.

Walker has shown his skill and capability in the games he has played this season. Appearing six times for the Vikings in 2018, and scoring once against Leeds Rhinos in the earlier rounds of this season.

Similarly, both hookers provide their own side with the necessary traits to win a game of rugby. With NRL experience, Randell, may look to use that over Walker on Friday night. However, The Vikings academy product's flair, tenacity and creativity may be key to unlocking Randell and the Trinity defence.


Tickets for Friday's game are available to purchase. Click here for full ticket details...


Written by Widnes Vikings U16s player, Jonathan Bennison.

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