St Helens Match Preview

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4th July 2018

Widnes Vikings travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday night to take on St Helens, hoping to claim their first win under Francis Cummins.

The Vikings were beaten in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, falling to a 28-6 defeat at the Halton Stadium on Easter Monday, and will want to avenge that defeat this weekend.

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

 

Tickets

Tickets for the trip to face St Helens are available to purchase. Click here for full ticket details…

 

Squad news

Francis Cummins has made two changes to the Vikings side that took on Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium last weekend. Patrick Ah Van and Ted Chapelhow are replaced in the 19-man squad, with both Chris Houston and Stefan Marsh returning to the fold.  

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Owen Buckley, Jay Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Rhys Hanbury, Weller Hauraki, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu, MacGraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde.

Justin Holbrook has made three changes to the St Helens side that beat Wakefield Trinity last weekend. Adam Swift, Kyle Amor and Matty Costello come into the squad to replace Ryan Morgan, Matty Smith and Jack Ashworth.

St Helens 19-man squad: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, Adam Swift, Theo Fages, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Ben Barba, Matty Costello.

 

Form

Friday’s game pits together two sides that are at opposite ends of the Betfred Super League table.

The Vikings are searching for their first win under Francis Cummins, but produced an encouraging performance at the KCOM Stadium against Hull FC last time out, falling just short in a 31-24 defeat. They will be making the short trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium looking to build on that performance in Hull. 

St Helens are the benchmark for the rest of the Betfred Super League, sitting top of the table with 17 wins from their opening 19 games. Ben Barba is the front runner for the Man of Steel award with his performances at full back, whilst the likes of Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival are having superb seasons for the Saints. They will be looking to keep their lead at the top with a win on Friday night in front of their home supporters. 

Widnes Vikings: LLLLLLL                           St Helens: WWWWWW

 

Head to Head - LAST 8 MEETINGS

19th May 2018: St Helens win 38-18 at St James' Park

2nd April 2018: St Helens win 28-6 at Halton Stadium

9th June 2017: St Helens win 26-10 at Totally Wicked Stadium

21st April 2017: Widnes Vikings win 16-14 at Halton Stadium

18th September 2016: St Helens win 21-8 at Halton Stadium

8th July 2016: St Helens win 12-10 at Langtree Park

28th March 2016: St Helens win 20-12 at Halton Stadium

24th January 2016: Widnes Vikings win 30-16 at Langtree Park

  

Milestones

Danny Craven                1 goal will take Danny to a career total of 50 '2-pointers'

 

Tom Gilmore                  1 point will take Tom to 150 points in SL

                                       5 points will take Tom to 200 points for Widnes

 

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

 

MacGraff Leuluai             150th Widnes appearance

 

Tom Olbison                   2 tries will take Tom to 100 career points

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