Rochdale Match Preview

Rochdale Match Preview

22nd March 2019

Widnes Vikings travel to the Crown Oil Arena to take on Rochdale Hornets (kick-off 3:00pm).

After winning their fifth games in six outings this season against Bradford Bulls, the Vikings are on the verge of wiping at their 12-point deduction at Rochdale with a victory to get back to 0 points.

As the Vikings make the trip to Rochdale on Sunday, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big game…


Squad news

Kieron Purtill welcomes Luis Johnson into his 19-man squad this weekend, after making the move on loan from Warrington Wolves. Purtill is without Tom Gilmore, Olly Ashall-Bott and Dan Norman for Sunday’s game due to injury, whilst Anthony Gelling and Dom Speakman are unavailable.

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

Rochdale Hornets 19-man squad: Daniel Abram, Shaun Ainscough, Sitaleki Akauola, Liam Carberry, Jordan Case, Carl Forster, Stuart Howarth, Ryan Millington, Lee Mitchell, Scott Moore, Ben Moores, Pat Moran, Ben Morris, Nathan Reidy, Ellis Robson, Michael Weldon, Tyler Whittaker, Brandon Wood, Callum Wood. 


Form Guide

Widnes continued their impressive start to the season last week, coming on top of an entertaining game against Bradford Bulls in a 25-20 victory. Scores from Danny Craven, Keanan Brand, Jordan Johnstone and Ryan Ince, along with a Craven drop goal, helped the home side see off the Bulls.  

Rochdale will be looking for only their second victory of the season against the Vikings on Sunday. The Hornets were victorious over Barrow in Round 5 with a 20-8 win, and can move up the table if they come out on top this weekend. Last time out, Carl Forster’s men were beaten 46-6 by Leigh Centurions, and will be looking to avenge that defeat on home soil. 


Last Time Out

In the last meeting of these two sides back in 2016, the Vikings ran out comfortable 62-6 winners at the Crown Oil Arena in the Challenge Cup, with six of the squad that day still playing for the Vikings. (Tom Gilmore, Chris Dean, MacGraff Leuluai, Jay Chapelhow, Jordan Johnstone and Hep Cahill.)

Chris Bridge and Kevin Brown helped themselves to a hat-trick each, with Jordan Johnstone, Corey Thompson, Chris Dean, Stefan Marsh, Manase Manuokafoa and Matt Whitley also crossing the whitewash. 

Paul Crook was the solitary try scorer for the Hornets as the Vikings ran out easy winners to progress to the next round. 


One to Watch

Scott Moore – The veteran half back joined the Hornets in the off-season, and brings quality and experience to the Rochdale outfit. Given the number 6 shirt for this season, the Hornets will look to the ex-St Helens and North Queensland man to get them around the field. If Rochdale are to be successful on Sunday, and in 2019, they need their experienced half back to be on top form. 



Jack Owens - 150th career appearance.

Danny Craven - 4 points on Sunday will take Danny to 250 in Widnes colours.


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