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- First Utility Super League
- 11th Aug 2013
- KO 15:00
- Att: 5,155
Super League preview: Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers
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Widnes Vikings welcome Castleford Tigers to the Select Security Stadium on Sunday as they look to bounce back from a 72-10 drumming last weekend.
Denis Betts' men took a bruising in Round 23 of the Super League as they conceded 12 tries away to Hull FC.
However, despite the setback, Betts makes just one change to his 19-man squad as they look to find form having lost three of their last five outings.
The lone change sees back row David Allen miss out with half back Tom Gilmore preferred for the Vikings' penultimate home fixture.
Just two points separate the sides who sit 11th and 12th respectively and Betts expects Sunday's game to be decided by fine margins.
"We'll certainly have our hands full and given that it's a game between two teams fighting for the same spot on the table, we know that it's going to be a tough test," he told the club's official site.
Similarly, Tigers coach Daryl Powell makes just one change to his side following their 40-30 defeat at the hands of Warrington Wolves last weekend.
James Clare makes a timely return and could make his first appearance in Castleford colours since June with Keith Mason out of action due to a nasal infection.
Although the Tigers enter the clash having won just one of their previous four encounters, assistant coach Danny Orr believes they remain favourites.
"I think that we're a better team than what we were back then, but I also think Widnes are too," he told the club's official site.
"It's going to be a tough game but if we play well then I'm sure that we can get the job done."
The Tigers were on the wrong end of a 40-10 mauling last time they crossed the Pennines to Widnes; however it was the Vikings who left the Wish Communications Stadium empty-handed back in April.
Vikings: Ah Van, K. Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Gilmore, Gore, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Winterstein.
Tigers: Owen, Carney, Shenton, Dixon, Ellis, Chase, Clark, Huby, Hauraki, Millington, Milner, Thompson, Massey, Tansey, Fleming, Clare, Martin, Boyle, Channing.
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First Utility Super League Table
|4||Salford Red Devils||7||7|
|11||Hull K R||6||4|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 26th March|
|20:00||Salford Red Devils vs Widnes Vikings|
|Friday 27th March|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Hull FC|
|20:00||Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Wildcats|
|20:00||Hull K R vs St Helens|
|20:00||Warrington Wolves vs Huddersfield Giants|
|Saturday 28th March|
|17:00||Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos|
|Thursday 2nd April|
|20:00||Hull vs Hull K R|
|20:00||Wakefield vs Catalans Dragons|
|20:00||Widnes vs Warrington|
|Friday 3rd April|
|12:45||Castleford vs Leeds|
|First Utility Super League|
|Sunday 22nd March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 16 Hull K R|
|Wakefield Wildcats 14 - 44 Huddersfield Giants|
|Friday 20th March|
|Leeds Rhinos 26 - 14 Wigan Warriors|
|Castleford Tigers 30 - 16 Salford Red Devils|
|Hull FC 33 - 22 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 19th March|
|St Helens 32 - 24 Warrington Wolves|
|Sunday 15th March|
|Hull K R 50 - 20 Catalans Dragons|
|Salford Red Devils 24 - 18 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Friday 13th March|
|Widnes Vikings 20 - 30 St Helens|
|Wigan Warriors 13 - 12 Hull FC|
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