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Widnes

  • Hanbury, Dean, Flynn (2), White, Owens,
    Goals: Tickle (3),
30 - 24

Salford

  • Meli, Williams, Chase, Ashurst, Sau,
    Goals: Mullaney (2),
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Super League: Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils preview

Last updated: 17th May 2014  

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Widnes have been boosted by the availability of Kevin Brown for Saturday's clash with Salford at Magic Weekend - the third meeting of the teams already this year.

The Vikings got the better of the Red Devils by a 32-18 scoreline in Super League action back in March before then also knocking the same team out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup last month.

The cup exit has been part of a tough start to the job for coach Iestyn Harris, who has won just once since taking over from Brian Noble.

Salford did manage a 16-16 tie with Hull KR last time out; they find themselves down in 11th place in the table but are only a point off a play-off place.

This week the club made the announcement of the signing of Ben Jones-Bishop for next season, the capture of the Leeds Rhino following on from the acquisition of New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke.

While Harris can look forward to having the pair in his squad for next season, his immediate issue this weekend is who to field at half-back next to Rangi Chase.

Duo missing

Tim Smith is still absent while Theo Fages picked up a shoulder injury in the draw with Rovers, ruling the young Frenchman out for the next five weeks.

Tommy Lee will likely be asked to switch into the role from his usual position of hooker, while the Red Devils are able to call upon full-back Greg Eden again after he had to sit out the clash with his parent club last time out.

Widnes, meanwhile, not only have Brown - who suffered a heavy knock in the home loss to Wakefield in round 12 - available but are also able to welcome back Rhys Hanbury.

Denis Betts will hope his team fair better than they did in the corresponding Manchester fixture last year, when their opponents - who were then known as the Salford City Reds - triumphed 28-22.

The Vikings are yet to taste success in the showpiece event in the regular season, having lost heavily the previous year at the Etihad to Warrington.

Widnes: Allen, Brown, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Marsh, Owens, Tickle, White.

Salford: Ashurst, Chase, Eden, Gleeson, Griffin, Hansen, Hock, Howarth, Lee, Meli, Morley, Mullaney, Platt, Puletua, Rapira, Sa'u, Tasi, Tomkins, Williams.

You can watch all four of Saturday's Super League's Magic Weekend fixtures, including Widnes v Salford, from 12pm on Sky Sports 3 HD

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 27 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 3 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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