St Helens vs Widnes Vikings Super League Round 20 Preview


The form guide is at polar opposites for this saints v widnes vikings game Friday evening at the totally wicked stadium (kick off 20.00) and only a crazed lunatic who wears socks with sandals would predict a Vikings victory.

The outstanding talent of Ben Barba has recovered from a knee strain in last weeks close call against wakefield trinity with Adam smith, Kyle amor,and Matty Costello replacing Ryan Morgan Matty Smith and Jack ashworth .
The Vikings still have some big hitters on display with Krisnan Inu,Jay chapplehow and the silver fox Chris Houston unlikely to take a backward step and young winger Owen Buckley retains his place in the squad

The Vikings are now confined to a bottom four finish yet they pushed hull all the way last week and remain a team with potential . Tom Olbison has worked hard all year and if Gil Dudson can start to fire on all cylinders the Vikings could put in la strong performance .
For the Vikings ,Patrick ah van is dropped along with ted chapplehow with Chris Houston and Stefan marsh returning

Look at that saints back line though with international centre mark Percival and the little pocket dynamo regan grace surely looking to take advantage of the fast playing conditions.

Barba of course will be a constant threat and James roby will have too much cunning down the middle as he links up with the ever impressive Danny Richardson .
In the pack the return of Kyle amor will boost an already strong combination .

Saints at home on a fast ground I will have to take them to win by 26-30 with the Vikings toiling hard
St Helens (from): Lomax, Makinson, Percival, Swift, Fages, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Knowles, Thompson, Peyroux, Richardson, Grace, Lees, Barba, Costello.

Widnes (from): Hanbury, Marsh, Inu, Runciman, Mellor, Gilmore, Dudson, Gerrard, Houston, Whitley, Craven, Olbison, Wilde, Leuluai, Walker, J Chapelhow, H Heremaia, Hauraki, Buckley.

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