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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),
  • Super League
  • 17th May 2014
  • KO 14:45
  • Att: 36,339

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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Super League Table

Super League Table - August 28 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Warrington Wolves 25 33
4 Huddersfield Giants 25 33
5 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
6 Castleford Tigers 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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Friday 29th August
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
20:00Hull vs Hull K R
20:00Leeds vs St Helens
Saturday 30th August
17:00Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos
Sunday 31st August
15:00Wakefield vs Salford
15:30Castleford vs Bradford
Thursday 4th September
20:00St Helens vs Warrington
Friday 5th September
20:00Wigan vs Leeds
Sunday 7th September
15:00Salford vs London Broncos
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull

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