Toulouse Olympique vs Widnes Vikings The Qualifiers Round 3 Preview

There is a familiar feel about this Widnes Vikings team and coach Francis Cummins has chosen to remain loyal to a squad of players who have lost a hell of a lot of games in recent months.

Star player Olly Ashall Bott is ruled out with injury and Vikings supporters will be hoping he agrees to a recently improved contract offer from James Rule. Another home raised player Tom Gilmore steps into the nineteen.

The away team have a plethora of injuries with Jordan Johnstone, Ryan Ince, Hep Cahill, Charlie Gubb, Rhys Hansbury and Stefan Marsh all ruled out. That is almost half a team absent but remarkably the Vikings team have managed to consistently under perform all year.

Toulouse have a number of quality players to watch out for in particularly Mark Kheirallah and Sam Rapira will have a quality to match anything the Vikings have to offer.

The home team make two changes from last week with Con Mika and Charles Bouzinac being replaced by Tony Maurel and Rhys Curran.

toulouse winger Chris Centrone has proved to be an astute signing and will be a real threat to a desperate widnes team. A defeat for the Vikings is surely unthinkable

With new signings Liam Finn and Harrison Hansen combining with Krisnan Inu , Tom Olbison, Lloyd White and Joe Mellor widnes will simply have too much class for this Toulouse team. Won’t they ?

I’m expecting Toulouse to run out of steam in the final 20 with Gil Dudson, Alex Gerrard , Chris Houston and Lloyd White too experienced for a gallant Toulouse team .
The Vikings should take this by 14-18 points

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Patrick Ah Van, Jay Chapelhow, Danny Craven, Chris Dean, Gil Dudson, Liam Finn, Alex Gerrard, Tom Gilmore, Harrison Hansen, Weller Hauraki, Aaron Heremaia, Chris Houston, Krisnan Inu, MacGraff Leuluai, Joe Mellor, Tom Olbison, Charly Runciman, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley.
Toulouse Olympique 19-man squad: Bastien Ader, William Barthau, Clement Boyer, Joe Bretherton, Bastien Canet, Chris Centrone, Rhys Curran, Johnathan Ford, Tyla Hepi, Mark Kheirallah, Paul Marcon, Anthony Marion, Tony Maurel, Sebastian Planas, Maxime Puech, Sam Rapira, Stanislas Robin, Arthur Romano, Paul Seguier

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