Halifax Match Preview

Halifax Match Preview widnesvikings.co.uk

12th July 2019

The Vikings will be aiming to make it a league double over Halifax as they travel to the Shay on Sunday for Round 21 of the Betfred Championship (3pm Kick Off).

Widnes come into this game after a home victory over Rochdale Hornets last Sunday, their sixth consecutive win at the Halton Stadium.

Ahead of Sunday’s trip to the Shay to take on Halifax, we have compiled all the team news, stats and key information with our in-depth preview below…

Squad News

Kieran Purtill has made two changes to his 19-man squad, as Olly Ashall-Bott comes in after not being originally named last week, while Ellis Robson is in the squad after joining on loan from Warrington Wolves for the remainder of the season.

The only injured members of the squad are currently Anthony Gelling and Ryan Ince, who are continuing their recovery ahead of a return to action.

Widnes Vikings: Patrick Ah Van, Olly Ashall-Bott, Keanan Brand, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Jacob Dugdale, Tom Gilmore, Harrison Hansen, Jayden Hatton, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Ellis Robson, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde.

Halifax RLFC: Ed Barber, Chester Butler, Liam Cooper, Jacob Fairbank, Dan Fleming, Ben Johnston, Ben Kavanagh, Ben Kaye, Kevin Larroyer, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Brandon Morris, Elliot Morris, Scott Murrell, Shaun Robinson, James Saltonstall, Will Sharp, Adam Tangata, Steve Tyrer, James Woodburn-Hall.

Form Guide

In our last outing, the Vikings completed a league double over the Rochdale Hornets in a 40-12 victory at Halton Stadium, as they ran in eight tries.

We took an early lead with tries from Lloyd Roby, who had only been put into the starting team minutes before kick-off, and Patrick Ah Van who scored to mark his return to the club. Both tries weren’t converted, and Rochdale replied with a Brandon Wood try to make the score 8-6.

Just before half-time Jack Owens extended the Vikings’ lead as he used good footwork to beat a couple of defenders and score.

In the second half, Owens completed a hat-trick whilst Ah Van got a second try. Danny Craven also got on the scoresheet as well as Olly Ashall-Bott, returning to the side after being out since the Toronto game back in February.

In the final minutes of the game, Rochdale got a consolation effort as Callum Marriot charged over, and Oscar Thomas got the final points of the game, with a conversion to make the final score 40-12.

Halifax lost their sixth consecutive Championship game on Sunday, losing away to Toronto Wolfpack at Lamport Stadium.

Toronto were 10-0 up at half time, as Liam Kay scored twice but Gareth O’Brien missed one out of his two attempts on goal.

In the second half, tries from Liam Cooper and Ben Johnston were not enough for a Fax comeback, as a Gareth O’Brien brace, plus tries from Andy Ackers and Tom Olbison secured a 34-12 victory.

Last Time Out

The last time the two sides met was in Round 1 of the Betfred Championship.

The Vikings won 40-16 at home back in February and will be hoping to make it a league double this weekend.

Current Fax player Adam Tangata made his Vikings debut, along with other new signings Liam Hood and Anthony Gelling. Jack Owens also made his return to Widnes after stints at Leigh and St Helens.

The Vikings took the lead with two early tries from Owens and Gelling respectively, both coming from Danny Craven kicks. Ryan Ince also got on the scoresheet with a try out wide.

Fax responded with two tries of their own, with Will Sharp and Ben Kaye both crossing in the corner.

Craven increased the Vikings’ lead just before half-time, going through a gap in the defence.

After the break, Ince completed his hat-trick and Gelling grabbed a second try. The final points of the game were scored by Halifax, as Quentin Laula-Togagae made a break and found the supporting Ben Kavanagh who scored under the sticks. Steve Tyrer converted to make the final score 40-16.

One to Watch

Steve Tyrer - The former Widnes man has been an important player for Fax this season, making 24 appearances, scoring 10 tries and kicking 81 goals. Since he arrived at the Shay in 2012, Tyrer has scored over 1,800 points, outlining his danger in attack.


Tickets for Sunday’s game against Halifax at the Shay are available now from our club shop. For more ticket info click HERE.

Match Preview written by Liam Flanagan, work experience student from Wade Deacon High School.

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