Super League preview: Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils
Last Updated: 06/03/14 10:42am
Salford Red Devils travel to the Select Security Stadium to face Widnes Vikings in Super League on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 1HD.
The sides enter Round 4 of the 2014 campaign level on points, with two wins each, but the Vikings hold a scoring advantage and a game in hand.
Denis Betts' side came from behind to sting 2013 League Leaders' Shield winners Huddersfield Giants last weekend, with Joe Mellor and Rhys Hanbury crossing in the closing stages as Widnes over-turned an eight-point deficit.
Following victories over Wakefield Wildcats and London Broncos, Salford's season was handed a stark reminder of life in the Super League, as they were crushed 38-0 by St Helens at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Salford's solitary victory over the Vikings in their last five meetings was a 28-22 triumph at the Magic Weekend in Manchester last season.
Betts has made just two changes to the squad which overcome the Giants last weekend.
Captain Jon Clarke comes in to replace loose forward Hep Cahill, while vice-captain Kevin Brown also returns in place of stand-off Danny Craven.
Meanwhile, there are three rotations from Red Devils coach Brian Noble as they look to return to winning ways.
Second row forward Gareth Hock sustained an ankle injury during last week's bruising defeat to St Helens and looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Props Adam Walne and Lama Tasi return to the travelling party, while loose forward Steve Rapira also returns to Noble's 19-man squad.
Vikings: Allen, K. Brown, Clarke, Clough, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Leuluai, Lloyd, Marsh, Mellor, Owens, Tickle, White.
Red Devils: Ashurst, Dixon, Fages, Sa'u, Hansen, A. Walne, Gleeson, Howarth, Johnson, Lee, Puletua, Morley, Mullaney, McPherson, Rapira, Smith, Tasi, Williams, Walton.
You can follow all the action from the Select Security Stadium as Widnes Vikings take on the Salford Red Devils live on Sky Sports 1HD from 7:30pm on Thursday
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 2014, round four
Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his side played dumb in their last-gasp loss at Castleford, who he admitted deserved to win.
Wakefield head coach Richard Agar refused to get carried away despite watching his side crush Catalan Dragons.
Warrington coach Tony Smith admitted his side had to work hard to see off a battling London side 44-16 in the capital.