Super League match preview: Widnes Vikings v Hull FC
Last Updated: 02/03/13 5:21pm
Kevin Brown is set to make his Widnes debut when the Vikings take on Hull FC at the Stobart Stadium on Saturday.
Half-back Brown, who joined Widnes in the off-season but missed the start of the 2013 Super League campaign through injury, will take his bow in a clash which can be seen live on Sky Sports 1HD from 5.30pm.
Vikings coach Denis Betts also brings winger Patrick Ah Van back into his 19-man squad, while prop Ben Cross returns to the fold after serving a one-match suspension.
Shaun Briscoe, Phil Joseph and Macgraff Leuluai make way for the trio of Ah Van, Brown and Cross. Widnes have not played since a 44-18 defeat to Hull KR two weeks' ago due to Leeds' participation in the World Club Challenge.
Hull FC boss Peter Gentle has made one change to his 19-man squad following the 24-10 defeat to high-flying Warrington last time out.
Danny Tickle, who made a return as a late replacement last weekend, is named in the initial squad this time along with Daniel Holdsworth, who missed out on match-day last weekend with a concussion. Brett Seymour drops out.
Widnes are looking to end a run of two straight defeats as they return home for the first time since the February 10 while Hull are also looking for their first win in three.
Widnes squad: Ah Van, Allen, K Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Cross, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Kavanagh, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Phelps, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein.
Hull FC squad: Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Tickle, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
What they said...
Widnes head coach Dennis Betts
"The last time we were at the Stobart Stadium was back in early February for the visit of St Helens and the 'other' talking point to come out of our opening home game of the year was the fantastic attendance," Betts told the Vikings' official website.
"To see more than 8,300 people and to hear them in full voice from start to finish was an outstanding effort and truly appreciated. More of the same on Saturday would be superb."
Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle
"I've waited 12 months to have these sorts of tough decisions about team selection. We're starting to get a few players coming back in and it's healthy for the squad and good for competition for places," he told HullFC.com.
"What it does is just put everyone on notice. The players know they can't string a couple of bad games together as we've got some very talented players waiting to get a go.
"Josh Bowden is still waiting for his chance and Dean Hadley is killing it up at York. Joe Arundel and Jack Briscoe are playing well up there too so there's plenty of pressure to perform with the depth we have to our squad this year."
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Bittersweet win for Vikings
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Rhinos storm Langtree Park
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Tigers v Warriors: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown