Super League preview: Widnes Vikings v Castleford Tigers
Last Updated: 11/08/13 1:57pm
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.
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 HelensvsHuddersfield 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 24
Daryl Powell praised Castleford for their second-half efforts after they secured a dramatic 42-38 victory at Widnes.
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised his players after they came from behind to defeat local rivals Hull KR 38-20.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous singled out Elliott Whitehead after the 23-22 win over Bradford.
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