Hull KR Match Preview

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12th July 2018

Widnes Vikings return home to the Halton Stadium on Saturday, almost two months after their last home fixture, as they welcome Hull Kingston Rovers to town.

Having lost the last meeting of the two sides 31-12 at KCOM Craven Park, Francis Cummins will be looking to avenge that defeat in his first home game as Interim Head Coach.

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

 

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Squad news

Francis Cummins has made three changes to the Vikings squad that took on St Helens last Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Wellington Albert is back in contention after recovering from injury, with Olly Ashall-Bott and Ted Chapelhow also coming into the 19-man squad. They replace Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore and Weller Hauraki.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Olly Ashall-Bott, Owen Buckley, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Gil Dudson, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Hermaia, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu, MacGraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker, Wellington Albert, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde.

Tim Sheens has also made three changes to the Rovers 19-man squad which defeated Salford Red Devils last week. Ryan Shaw, Junior Vaivai and Will Dagger make way for trio Elliot Wallis, Justin Carney and Chris Clarkson.

Hull KR 19-man squad: Adam Quinlan, Danny McGuire, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Robbie Mulhern, Liam Salter, Chris Atkin, Will Oakes, Danny Tickle, Justin Carney, Elliot Wallis, Joel Tomkins.

Form

Saturday’s game sees two bottom four rivals pitted against each other, with both sides looking to claim a crucial two points.

The Vikings go into the game off the back of a 36-6 defeat away to Super League leaders St Helens, who proved too strong at the Totally Wicked Stadium. An encouraging start to the second-half gave Cummins hope that his men could mount a comeback, but the table toppers managed to see out the contest and claim victory.

Hull KR were comfortable winners over Salford Red Devils last week, easing to a 52-22 victory at the KCOM Craven Park. Their nine try display made it three games unbeaten, after drawing with Castleford Tigers and defeating Huddersfield Giants previously. Danny McGuire’s hat-trick in their triumph over Salford underlined his importance, with halfback Chris Atkin also enjoying an impressive first season in the top flight.

Head to Head – LAST TEN MEETINGS

7th April 2018: Hull KR win 31-12 at KCOM Craven Park

9th September 2017: Hull KR win 12-6 at KCOM Craven Park

15th May 2016: Hull KR win 24-10 at KCOM Craven Park

4th March 2016: Widnes Vikings win 30-16 at Halton Stadium

23rd August 2015: Hull KR win 12-8 at Halton Stadium

14th June 2015: Hull KR win 38-16 at KCOM Craven Park

22nd March 2015: Widnes Vikings win 20-16 at Halton Stadium

3rd August 2014: Widnes Vikings win 28-10 at Halton Stadium

4th May 2014: Widnes Vikings win 34-29 at KCOM Craven Park

1st September 2013: Widnes Vikings win 36-22 at Halton Stadium

Milestones

Danny Craven: one goal will take Danny to a career total of ’50 two-pointers’.

Aaron Heremaia: five points will take Aaron to 300 career points across both hemispheres.

Tom Olbison: two tries will take Tom to 100 career points.

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