Batley Bulldogs Preview

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5th April 2019

Widnes Vikings face another away trip this weekend, as they travel to the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium to take on Batley Bulldogs on Sunday 7th April (kick-off 3pm)

Following a break from the Championship for the Coral Challenge Cup last week, Widnes will be looking to climb off the bottom of the table with a victory.

As the Vikings visit the Bulldogs on Sunday, we have provided all the key information, facts and statistics ahead of the big game…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill is without Owen Buckley and Sam Wilde after the duo picked up injuries in last week’s victory over Oldham, with Anthony Gelling and Liam Walsh coming into the squad. The Vikings are still without Olly Ashall-Bott, Tom Gilmore and Dan Norman.

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

Matt Diskin has made three changes to his squad, as Adam Gledhill, Jack Downs and James Brown come into the 19, replacing Tom Hemingway, Lewis Bienek and Tyler Dickinson.

Batley Bulldogs 19-man squad: David Scott, Wayne Reittie, Sam Smeaton, Jonathon Campbell, Louis Jouffret, Dominic Brambani, Adam Gledhill, Alistair Leak, Thomas Lillycrop, Dane Manning, Jack Downs, James Brown, Danny Yates, Toby Everett, Michael Ward, Alex Bretherton, Joe Taira, Keenan Tomlinson, Paul Brearley.

Form Guide

Widnes made it five wins in a row as they defeated Oldham in the fourth round of the Coral Challenge Cup last week, coming out on top 54-14.

Hat-tricks from Jack Owens and Owen Buckley, along with tries from Ryan Ince, Keanan Brand, Lloyd Roby and Jordan Johnstone helping the Vikings progress to the next round.

Batley ended a run of four straight defeats as they eased past amateur outfit Lock Lane, securing their place in the next round of the Challenge Cup with a 62-6 victory.

Prior to their win at the weekend, the Bulldogs were beaten by Sheffield Eagles, Bradford Bulls, Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met was in the Challenge Cup back in 2015, as the Bulldogs almost pulled off an upset with a second half comeback.

From the current squad, Jack Owens, MacGraff Leuluai and Chris Dean featured on that day, as the Vikings opened up a 20-6 half-time lead before Batley fought back to eventually fall to a 26-22 defeat.

On their last visit to Batley, the Vikings lost 32-12 in 2011 with Leuluai also in the squad on that day.  

One to Watch

Dominic Brambani – the veteran halfback has been with the club since 2016 and has over 300 career appearances under his belt. He will look to lead the Bulldogs around the field, and could cause problems with his kicking game down the hill.

Milestones

Jordan Johnstone – the Vikings hooker is in line to make his 50th career appearance on Sunday if selected.

Tickets for Sunday’s clash with Batley Bulldogs are on sale now from the Vikings Ticket Office and the Vikings Outlet located within Widnes Market, with full information on prices and opening times available by CLICKING HERE.

 

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