Ahead of Sunday’s visit of Sheffield Eagles in Round 10 of the Betfred Championship campaign, we take a closer look at this weekend’s opponents.
Sheffield travel to the DCBL Stadium on the back of a 32-28 victory away at Oldham, after they bounced back from a 46-12 defeat at Halifax in Round 8.
The Eagles have won the same amount of games as the Vikings so far this season (3), beating Bradford Bulls and York City Knights in Rounds 2 and 3 of the Betfred Championship season as well as the Oldham victory.
The visitors sit just one place above Widnes in the league table, having drawn one more game than the Vikings.
Widnes club captain Jack Owens had a temporary spell at Sheffield while playing for St. Helens, scoring five tries and 26 goals. Jake Spedding also played for the Eagles on loan during his time with St. Helens, playing 27 times across two seasons and scoring nine tries.
Eagles scrum-half Anthony Thackeray scored 48 tries in 71 games across three years in Widnes colours between 2008 and 2011, but returns to the DCBL Stadium in Sheffield ones on Sunday.
ONES TO WATCH
Winger Rob Worrincy scored a hat-trick for Sheffield in their win at Oldham, so the Vikings will be looking to nullify his threat out wide. James Glover is a strong-running centre who notched a brace last week also.
Second-rower Joel Farrell is also a key player for the visitors, and he has been in fine kicking form of recent.
Thackeray is the star-man for the Eagles, and has built a reputation as one of the stand-out performers in the Championship for a number of years now.
HEAD TO HEAD
Widnes have won their last 13 home fixtures against this weekend’s visitors, with the Eagles’ last victory in Widnes dating back to March 1991.
The last meeting between the two clubs was in the 1895 Cup final at Wembley, which Sheffield won 36-18.
Widnes’ last win against Sheffield was in March 2019, when the Vikings won by 36 points to six with the try-scorers including current players Owens and Jayden Hatton.
Vikings Season Ticket holders have until 5pm this evening (Wednesday) to secure their spot before the remaining capacity is placed on general sale on Thursday when the booking system goes live.
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All home Season Ticket holders will gain free access to this Sunday’s fixture on Our League if they are unable to attend in person, with the code they have already redeemed being valid and giving automatic access.
Non-Season Ticket holders can purchase the stream for £4.95 if bought in advance of the fixture, with streaming passes increased to £10 on the day of the game.