Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Trinity Super Legaue Round 16 Preview


The Vikings take on Wakefield as their desperate search for competition points continues, Widnes currently sitting in 11th after wins from both Catalans and Huddersfield nudged them down the table, Wakefield however, will be looking to move out of range of 8th place Salford as the two aforementioned teams managed to reduce the gap to leave Trinity on the edge of the danger zone and only 3 points clear of 9th.

This is the Vikings and Trinity's first FULL meeting in 2018, March's game lasting all of 20 minutes as the game was snowed off. Widnes don't have the best record against Trinity, 4 of the last 5 meetings between the these two clubs have resulted in a Wakefield victory, to find a Widnes win over Wakefield you have to go all the way back to the 21st August 2016. 

The Vikings are without key face, Rhys Hanbury, after he was removed from the field during the Magic Weekend, this now leaves Stefan Marsh likely to slot in a 1 for the Vikings. Wakefield make 2 changes to the side that fell short against Huddersfield last week, Chris Annakin and Max Jowitt come in, they replace the injured Liam Finn and Matty Ashurst, to major losses to Trinity.

Widnes Vikings: Patrick Ah Van, Wellington Albert, Greg Burke, Hep Cahill, Ed Chamberlain, Jay Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Owen Farnworth, Tom Gilmore, Aaron Heremaia, Jordan Johnstone, MacGraff Leuluai, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Danny Walker, Matt Whitley, Sam Wilde.

Wakefield Trinity: Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Ryan Hampshire, Keegan Hirst, Justin Horo, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Pauli Pauli, Tyler Randell, Bill Tupou, Kyle Wood.


I'm backing Trinity to recover from last week's loss but I'm also calling this one close, Trinity's biggest source of points, Liam Finn, is sidelined and without him they look a much weaker side, while they still have Wood and Randell and Jowitt, they don't bring the same edge and flair to a game Finn does. The Vikings forwards have really stood up and took account in the last few weeks so I expect them to try and turn this into an up the middle contest, but ultimately I predict a Wakefield win by 7-12 points.

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