Match Preview - Widnes Vikings

Posted: Friday 12th April 2013 - 12:00 AM

Danny Orr's first game in temporary charge of Castleford Tigers comes this weekend as they face Widnes Vikings at the Wish Communications Stadium at 4:45pm on Saturday.

The Tigers will be looking for only their second win of the season and improve on a record which has left them bottom of the Super League table after 11 games.

Widnes' start to the season hasn't been too bad. They've picked up nine points from their first 10 fixtures including notable wins against Hull FC and Warrington Wolves. However, they have only picked up one win on the road - a 28-14 win at London Broncos on the round of the 2013 Super League season.

Team News

Danny Orr has made one change to the 19-man squad with winger Kirk Dixon replacing James Clare.

Ryan Boyle keeps his place in the side after an impressive performance on his second debut against Huddersfield Giants last weekend, while Nathan Massey also features. Justin Carney meanwhile serves the second of a two-match suspension and Jake Webster remains out with a knee injury.

Orr is optimistic that Dixon will return:

"Fingers crossed Kirk Dixon should be back; he's been ill for the past couple of weeks with a virus. He's trained this week so he should be OK when he comes in on Friday for training. We'll see where he is at but I'm pretty sure that he will feature."

The Widnes Vikings however lost a number of key players following their 58-24 victory over Salford City Reds last weekend. Gareth Hock, Hep Cahill and Dave Allen all miss out while 19-year-old prop Adam Lawton could make his debut.

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Ah Van, Brown, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Gore, Hanbury, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.

Widnes Vikings last line-up: Hanbury, Flynn, Dean, Phelps, Owens, K Brown, Mellor, O'Carroll, Clarke, Pickersgill, Allen, Hock, Cahill. SUBS: Gore, Kavanagh, Gerrard, Winterstein

Key Battles

There will be a number of key battles around the pitch. Full backs Rhys Hanbury and Jordan Tansey are exciting players and their encounter could prove to be enthralling.

Also, Rangi Chase and Kevin Brown were both impressive last week for their respective sides and the battle between the two should be an exciting one.

The Referee

Richard Silverwood will referee the match while the touch judges will be P. Brooke and R. Webb.

Silverwood hasn't stood in the middle of a Castleford game this season as his last game in charge was the 42-20 home defeat the London Broncos in August 2012. He did however referee the Vikings' 36-16 victory against Hull FC on the 2nd March this season.

Interesting Fact

Tigers players Michael Shenton, Kirk Dixon and Ryan Boyle were all part of the side that beat Widnes in the 2007 National League one Grand Final to gain promotion to Super League.

There are no surviving players in the Vikings squad from that game, although their Assistant Coach Mick Cassidy did play in the match.

Key Stats


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Black & Amber

The official matchday programme will be on sale around the ground as usual for just £3. This week features the first programme notes from temporary Head Coach Danny Orr - we asked fans on Facebook and Twitter for a title so keep your eye out for that one. We also spoke to Jonny Walker for the Player Spotlight feature, plus we look back on the history - both distant and recent - of our visitors. That and much more.

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