Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings 17/03/18 Preview & Prediction

Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings
Date: Saturday 17th March 2018
Kick Off: 18:00
Venue: The Mobile Rocket Stadium (Wakefield)

Widnes Vikings

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Wakefield Trinity: 16. Tinirau Arona 11. Matty Ashurst 24. Mason Caton-brown 10. Anthony England 8. David Fifita 7. Liam Finn 1. Scott Grix 25. Ryan Hampshire 14. Justin Horo 17. Craig Huby 2. Tom Johnstone 5. Ben Jones-Bishop 12. Danny Kirmond 4. Reece Lyne 6. Jacob Miller 15. Pauli Pauli 13. Tyler Randell 3. Bill Tupou 9. Kyle Wood
Widnes Vikings: 19. Greg Burke 24. Ed Chamberlain 26. James Chapelhow 15. Danny Craven 14. Chris Dean 1. Rhys Hanbury 33. Aaron Heremaia 11. Chris Houston 22. Ryan Ince 3. Krisnan Inu 21. Jordan Johnstone 20. Macgraff Leuluai 2. Stefan Marsh 6. Joe Mellor 16. Tom Olbison 4. Charly Runciman 28. Brad Walker 12. Matt Whitley 17. Sam Wilde

Wakefield Trinity v Widnes Vikings

Wakefield Trinity welcome the Widnes Vikings to the Mobile Rocket Stadium for this round 6 match up from the Rugby Super League in a game where the pressure is on both teams to come up with a result but for very differing reasons.

Wakefield uneaten start to the season ended last time out away at Wigan in a game that saw them take a lead into the break only to fall away in the 2nd half.

A lot of that was down to the ill-discipline of the Wakefield side, which is something they have been good at this season until then.

Now is the time for the Wakefield players to stand up and show that they are a team capable of breaking into the top 4 and that the start to the season wasn’t just a good run. If they are to improve on last season; 5th place, these are exactly the types of games that Trinity simply must win.

For the Vikings the challenge is all about ending a losing run and getting a moral and confidence boosting win after a poor start to the season.

Both teams also will know the importance of the win in the run up to the Easter Double Header but for the Vikings, who start in 6th place but who are level on points with Warrington in 9th, they know that a shock win in this one could set them up for a good run at a top 8 finish.


Wakefield have won 4 and lost 1 of their opening 5 matches but that 1 loss did come last time out away at Wigan. They have won 2 from 2 at Belle Vue this season.

The Vikings have won just 2 from 6 so far this season and have lost each of their last 2. On the road they have played 2 and lost 2.

Team News

Wakefield make just the 1 change to their squad for this game with Mason Caton-Brown replacing Keegan Hirst.

Widens make wholesale changes for this one with Ted Chapelhow, Ryan Ince, MacGraff Leuluai, Brad Walker and Sam Wilde all returning to the match day squad.


This is one of the more intriguing matches of the round as it’s difficult to know how each team are going to react. The Vikings are almost in a no lose situation so we expect them to go to Belle Vue and paly some good attacking rugby but that should play into the hands of Wakefield whose speedy backline work best with open field ahead of them.

With that said the wet conditions will nullify both teams so what and it may come down to the team that adapts the better and so far it has been Wakefield this season who have managed to perform the best in the grind of winter rugby and we expect them to have the edge in this one as well.

Score Prediction Wakefield Trinity by 10

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