Bradford Bulls Match Preview

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15th March 2019

Widnes Vikings return to the Halton Stadium on Sunday 17th March as they welcome Bradford Bulls, in a battle of two former World Club Champions (kick-off 3pm).

After winning the battle to save the club, Kieron Purtill’s men have registered back-to-back victories over Featherstone Rovers and Barrow Raiders, edging closer to zero points following the 12-point deduction.

As the Vikings welcome the Bulls to Widnes on Sunday, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big game…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill welcomes Chris Dean back to his 19-man squad this weekend, after missing the Vikings’ previous two outings due to injury. Owen Buckley makes way, in the only change from last week’s squad, as Olly Ashall-Bott and Dan Norman remain side lined.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Owen Farnworth, Anthony Gelling, Tom Gilmore, Harrison Hansen, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Jack Owens, Lloyd Roby, Brad Walker, Liam Walsh, Sam Wilde.

John Kear has also made just one change from his squad that were victorious last week, with Elliot Minchella returning from injury in place of Ashley Gibson.

Bradford Bulls 19-man squad: Callum Bustin, Steve Crossley, Rhys Evans, Connor Farrell, George Flanagan, David Foggin-Johnston, Matty Garside, James Green, Sam Hallas, Liam Kirk, Jordan Lilley, Elliot Minchella, Ross Oakes, Brandon Pickersgill, Ethan Ryan, Matthew Storton, Jake Webster, Matty Wildie, Mikey Wood.

Form Guide

Widnes continued their impressive start to the season last week, battling past the conditions and a tough Barrow Raiders side, coming away from Cumbria with a 20-6 victory.

Second half scores from Danny Craven, Brad Walker, Ryan Ince and Hep Cahill helped the visitors turned around a 4-0 half-time deficit, backing up their 44-22 win over Featherstone Rovers.

Bradford also registered a victory in their last outing, ending a three-game losing streak to defeat Batley Bulldogs 16-6 at Mount Pleasant.

Ethan Ryan, Ross Oakes and Liam Kirk were on the scoresheet, as they bounced back from defeats to Sheffield Eagles, York City Knights and Toulouse Olympique.

Last Time Out

In the last meeting of these two sides back in 2015, the Vikings ran out comfortable 56-12 winners at Odsal Stadium in the Super 8’s, with Chris Dean and Hep Cahill the only current squad members that featured on that day.

Joe Mellor and Patrick Ah Van helped themselves to a hat-trick each, as Charly Runciman, Cahill, Rhys Hanbury and Kevin Brown also found their way onto the scoresheet.

Adrian Purtell and Omari Caro crossed for the home side, as they were unable to gain promotion to the Super League following a strong Championship campaign.

One to Watch

Ethan Ryan – 21-year-old winger Ethan Ryan is a product of the Bradford academy system, and has been a standout performer for the club so far this season, scoring five tries in his last five games. The Ireland international finished last year with 36 tries, picking up the League One Player of the Year Award, and will be a danger to the Vikings defence.

Milestones

Tom Gilmore – if selected on Sunday, the Vikings halfback with make his 50th appearance for the club.

Tickets for Sunday’s clash with Bradford Bulls are on sale now from the Vikings Ticket Office, with full information on prices and opening times available by CLICKING HERE.

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