Wakefield Trinity Match Preview

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24th May 2018

Widnes Vikings take on Wakefield Trinity on Friday night at the Halton Stadium with both sides eager to get two points on the board and start climbing the Super League ladder.

Denis Betts’ and Chris Chester’s sides will both hope to bounce back from defeats at the Dacia Magic Weekend, with the Vikings in particularly eager for points ahead of a tough month of away fixtures.

The boys secured a huge 40-8 home win over Trinity back in 2016; a game which included a double for winger Patrick Ah Van. Now, the Vikings will be hoping to repeat the success when the sides meet this weekend.

We have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big clash...

 

Tickets

Tickets are available from the Vikings Superstore in Tesco Extra, by calling the ticket line: 0151 495 2250 (option 2), or by booking via the online ticketing platform (click here).

 

Squad news

Denis Betts makes three changes to the Vikings squad from last week’s clash against the Saints. Jay Chapelhow was drafted into the squad last weekend after a late injury suffered by Alex Gerrard but is officially named in the 19-man squad this time around.

He is joined by Ed Chamberlain and Owen Farnworth, who come in for the injured Rhys Hanbury and Jimmy Keinhorst, who has been recalled by parent club Leeds Rhinos.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Patrick Ah Van, Wellington Albert, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Tom Gilmore, Aaron Heremaia, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde

Chris Chester makes just two changes to the side that lost 25-22 to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield at the Dacia Magic Weekend.

Chris Annakin take his place in the 19 after recovering from injury, while Max Jowitt also comes back into the squad. Liam Finn and Matty Ashurst are the two players who make way.

Wakefield Trinity 19-man squad: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan Hirst, Justin Horo, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Pauli Pauli, Tyler Randell, Bill Toupou, Kyle Wood.

 

Form

The Vikings come into the game with a lot of heart, having produced a display full of passion and endeavour against top of the league St Helens last time out. 

Widnes were evenly matched against Justin Holbrook’s side at the half-way stage, but a second-half Regan Grace touchdown and a double for Ryan Morgan secured the win.

Nevertheless, there were many positives for the Vikings to take, as Joe Mellor made his injury comeback, playing the full 80 minutes against the Saints, while Matt Whitley also produced a stand-out, try-scoring display at St James’ Park.

The Vikings will need to play with similar spirit and intensity against Friday’s opponents to claim the two vital competition points that are up for grabs. 

After a promising start to the season, Wakefield have lost four of their last five games, including league and cup defeats to the Huddersfield Giants in consecutive weeks.

Trinity were three scores behind going into the last 20 minutes against Huddersfield at the Magic Weekend, and not even late tries from Ben Jones-Bishop and Reece Lyne could prevent the Yorkshiremen from tasting defeat.

With both sides eager to get back to winning ways at the Halton Stadium, this promises to be an exciting contest to witness.

 

Widnes Vikings:  WLLWLLLL                             Wakefield Trinity: LLWLLWLL

 

Head to Head - LAST 6 MEETINGS

July 14, 2017: Widnes Vikings 8-36 Wakefield Trinity

May 20, 2017: Widnes Vikings 12-34 Wakefield Trinity

April 7, 2017: Wakefield Trinity 30-4 Widnes Vikings

August 21, 2016: Widnes Vikings 408 Wakefeld Trinity

April 29, 2016: Widnes Vikings 16-18 Wakefield Trinity

February 7, 2016: Wakefield Trinity 16-24 Widnes Vikings

September 12, 2015: Wakefield Trinity 4-46 Widnes Vikings

*Our March 17, 2018 clash against Trinity at Belle Vue was abandoned after 26 minutes due to snowy conditions, with the game rearranged for Sunday June 24.

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