Featherstone Rovers Match Preview

Featherstone Rovers Match Preview widnesvikings.co.uk

3rd June 2019

Widnes Vikings begin their 1895 Cup campaign on Wednesday evening, as they welcome Featherstone Rovers to the Halton Stadium (8pm kick-off).

The competition was developed ahead of the current season, giving Betfred Championship and League 1 clubs a better chance of reaching a Wembley showcase.

Ahead of Wednesday’s cup clash, we have compiled all the team news, stats and key information with our in-depth preview below…

Squad news

Kieron Purtill has named an unchanged squad for the visit of the Rovers, as Anthony Gelling and Olly Ashall-Bott remain side lined through injury.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Josh Ganson, Tom Gilmore, Harrison Hansen, Jayden Hatton, Ryan Ince, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde.

Ryan Carr has made seven changes to the squad he named ahead of Featherstone’s victory over Bradford Bulls, as Wellington Albert comes in on dual-registration from Leeds Rhinos.

James Beckett, Morgan Punchard, Corey Johnson, James McDaniel, Callum McLelland and Owen Trout also come in, replacing Luke Briscoe, Cameron King, Scott Wheeldon, James Lockwood, Josh Walters, Tom Holmes and Brad Day

Featherstone Rovers 19-man squad: Wellington Albert, James Beckett, Conor Carey, Dane Chisholm, Luke Cooper, John Davies, Dale Ferguson, Josh Hardcastle, James Harrison, Corey Johnson, Makahesi Makatoa, Daniel Maskill, James McDaniel, Callum McLelland, Jack Ormondroyd, Morgan Punchard, Jack Render, Thompson Teteh, Owen Trout.

Form Guide

The Vikings returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Friday night, defeating Sheffield Eagles 36-6 in their rearranged Betfred Championship Round 4 fixture.

Keanan Brand became the latest ‘Club 20’ inductee, marking the occasion with a second half double to put the game beyond their opponents.

Jack Owens made a try-scoring return and Jayden Hatton crossed for the first time since making the step-up to the First Team, with Hep Cahill, Ryan Ince and Chris Dean also on the scoresheet.

Rovers picked up a comfortable victory of their own in their last outing, as Dane Chisholm led them to a 42-4 triumph over his former club.

The halfback helped himself to a hat-trick of tries and kicked five goals, with Cameron King, John Davies, Luke Briscoe, Conor Carey and Josh Walters helping themselves to scores of their own.

Last Time Out

These two sides went head-to-head back in March, as Widnes celebrated saving the club with a 44-22 victory in front of 5,782 supporters.

The Vikings opened up a 28-0 lead at the break as their opponents struggled to contain them following a fast-paced start, before holding off a second half fightback to pick up the two points.

Ryan Ince and Jack Owens helped themselves to a brace each, as Liam Hood, Anthony Gelling, Brad Walker and Sam Wilde also found their way over the whitewash on an emotional afternoon.

One to Watch

Dane Chisholm – Since joining the Rovers, the halfback has been instrumental in leading the club to convincing wins over York City Knights and Bradford Bulls, and will pose a huge threat to the Vikings defence on Wednesday evening.


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