Widnes Vikings vs St Helens Super League Round 9 Preview

St Helens come into this fixture full of confidence after a historic Good Friday win over bitter rivals Wigan, Widnes however come into this fixture ruing what could have been, losing their early lead before a complete second half capitulation that saw Warrington register big points in the final 40 minutes.

Widnes and Saints met twice last season, the Vikings claiming victory in the home fixture in a game that would finish 16-14, losing the away game 26-10. That victory was the only game the Vikings have won over Saints in their last 10 meetings in Super League, it was also the closest margin of the last 10 games.

Wellington Albert gets a recall to the 19 as does Thomas Gilmore and Alex Gerrard, Widnes have not named Rhys Hanbury, no news has been given as to whether it's injury related or if he has dropped. St Helens are unchanged from the side that beat Wigan on Good Friday, still without Adam Swift due to a shoulder injury and Alex Walmsley through a fractured neck bone, they are the two most notable absentees from the Saints line up. 

Widnes Vikings: Stefan Marsh, Charly Runciman, Joseph Mellor, Thomas Gilmore, Alex Gerrard, Christopher Dean, Danny Craven, Thomas Olbison, Samuel Wilde,  Greg Burke, Macgraff Leuluai, Jordan Johnstone, Ryan Ince, Danny Walker, Edward Chamberlain, Edward Chapelhow, Bradley Walker, Keanan Brand, Wellington Albert.

St Helens: Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Ryan Morgan, Mark Percival, Theo Fages, Matty Smith, James Roby, Kyle Amor, Zeb Taia, Jon Wilkin, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Luke Douglas, Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Danny Richardson, Regan Grace, Matty Lees, Ben Barba.

I'm going to call Saints as the winner of this fixture, they are full of confidence at the minute and look like they will really take some stopping. Danny Richardson is showing experience beyond his years and really getting them around the park which is freeing up lots of space on the flanks for Barba to go at, I'm going St Helens by a margin of 12+.



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