Dewsbury Rams Match Preview

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7th September 2019

Widnes Vikings round-off their 2019 Betfred Championship campaign with a trip to the Tetley’s Stadium on Sunday, as they face Dewsbury Rams in the final game of the season (kick-off 3pm).

Both sides have secured their Championship status for the 2020 season, with the winner of this fixture securing 11th place in the table.

Ahead of the Vikings’ final fixture of the year against Dewsbury, we have compiled all of the stats, key information and team news with our in-depth match preview.

Squad news

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Keanan Brand, Owen Buckley, Hep Cahill, Jay Chapelhow, Ted Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Lewis Else, Owen Farnworth, Josh Ganson, Anthony Gelling, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Lyons, Dan Norman, Jack Owens, Ellis Robson, Lloyd Roby, Brad Walker, Sam Wilde.

Dewsbury Rams 19-man squad: Sam Day, Liam Finn, Nyle Flynn, Andrew Gabriel, Tom Garratt, Daniel Igbinedion, Liam Johnson, Joe Martin, Dale Morton, Luke Nelmes, Martyn Reilly, Toby Richardson, Adam Ryder, Jode Sheriffe, Paul Sykes, Owen Trout, Lucas Walshaw, Robbie Ward, Rob Worrincy.

Form Guide

Results elsewhere ensured that the Vikings headed into their Round 26 clash with Swinton Lions knowing that their Championship status was secure, and Kieron Purtill’s side marked their final home game of the season with a 36-28 victory.

Chris Dean announced his plans to retire at the end of the season prior to kick-off and marked his last appearance at the Halton Stadium with a try and a goal, as Widnes battled past a stubborn Lions side.

Keanan Brand and Patrick Ah Van were on the scoresheet in the first half as the home side trailed 10-8 at the break, before Ah Van grabbed his second and Lloyd Roby crossed inside the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Further tries from Jack Owens, Dean and Josh Ganson sealed the victory, before Swinton mounted a late comeback to drag the final deficit back to eight points when the final hooter sounded.

Dewsbury faced a tough trip to Toulouse last weekend, as they came away from France with a 42-14 defeat in their final away fixture of the 2019 season.

The Rams were 18-0 down at the break, before Adam Ryder, Martyn Reilly and Sam Day got the visitors on the scoresheet, as they struggled to deal with their opponents in the heat at the Stade Ernest Argeles.

Last Time Out

The last time these two sides met was in the Quarter-Finals of the 1895 Cup at the Halton Stadium, with the Vikings picking up a comprehensive 54-6 triumph to book their place in the final four of the competition.

Anthony Gelling and Lloyd Roby both helped themselves to a hat-trick each, with Sam Wilde grabbing a brace and Chris Dean and Brad Walker also on the scoresheet.

Jack Owens added seven goals from his 10 attempts, with Daniel Waite-Pullan scoring the Rams’ only try of the game in the 72nd minute.

Earlier in the season, Liam Finn’s drop-goal was the difference as Dewsbury came up with a smash and grab victory, defeating the Vikings 25-24.

Jack Owens scored a first half hat-trick, with Luke Hooley, Daniel Igbinedion and Andrew Gabriel responding for the visitors, as Widnes held a slender four-point advantage at half-time.

Gabriel’s second levelled the scores, before Danny Craven put the Vikings back in front with 13 minutes of the contest remaining.

In the final six minutes, Finn crossed for a try and converted his own effort to make it 24-a-piece, before his field-goal sealed a famous win for the Rams.

One to Watch

Paul Sykes – The experienced campaigner is one of the most important players in the Dewsbury squad, with his composure and solid kicking-game helping to guide the Rams around the field.

Tickets

Full ticket information regarding the Vikings’ clash with Dewsbury Rams on Sunday afternoon can be found by clicking HERE.

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