Rovers v Vikings: Teams

At Craven Park, Sunday March 4, kick-off 3pm

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Rovers v Vikings: Teams

Jordan Cox: Returns to the Hull KR squad for the visit of Widnes Vikings

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Craven Park witnesses history on Sunday as Hull KR host Widnes Vikings in the first-ever Super League clash between the pair.

Rovers go into the game looking to bounce back from the 42-10 reverse at early Stobart Super League pacesetters Warrington Wolves last time.

Craig Sandercock's side are without second rower Con Mika through suspension after he was hit with a grade B offence of making dangerous contact on Warrington's Stefan Ratchford last Sunday.

He had been due to appear before the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee on on Tuesday but opted instead to issue an early guilty plea.

However prop Jordan Cox, stand-off Scott Murrell and hooker Lincoln Withers are all set to return after missing last week's defeat through injury.

"We definitely won't be taking Widnes lightly this weekend as they have some very good individual players and are a big side," said Sandercock.

"Ben Cross is massive and they have some quality strike players too, so if we don't play to our best on Sunday then we won't get the win."

New arrivals Cameron Phelps and John Kite, who both linked up with Widnes this week, must wait for their debuts after being left out of coach Denis Betts' unchanged 19-man squad.

The Vikings are yet to earn a point in the Super League after four successive defeats, though they did turn in an improved performance last time out against reigning champions Leeds.

Rovers squad: McDonnell, Hall, Carlile, Clinton, Withers, Webster, Watts, Wheeldon, Taylor, Lovegrove, J. Hodgson, Paea, Horne, Murrell, Dobson, Netherton, Cox, Welham, Latus

Vikings squad: Ah Van, Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Craven, Cross, Davies, Finnigan, Flynn, Haggerty, Hanbury, Isa, Leuluai, Marsh, Mullally, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein

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