Super League: Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings preview
Last Updated: 17/04/14 1:50pm
Warrington Wolves will be eager to return to winning ways against Widnes Vikings following an indifferent start to the new Super League campaign.
Last year's losing Grand Finalists have lost four of their eight league outings this season, including suffering a 25-12 home defeat to Hull KR last time out.
Widnes, who have a game in hand, are two-points clear of the Wolves, although Denis Betts' men were thumped 42-20 against a red-hot Catalan Dragons last Saturday.
The Wolves are out for revenge after Widnes did the double on them in 2013. The Vikings claimed a 16-6 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium following a 38-22 success earlier in the year.
Warrington have props Roy Asotasi and Ben Evans back, along with hooker Micky Higham, to help offset the loss of Paul Wood and Simon Grix, who were injured in the defeat by Hull KR.
"We are focusing on Widnes; to go out there, do our best and try to get the bragging rights back to Warrington," said head coach Tony Smith.
"Widnes certainly started well. I think, over the last couple of weeks, their form has been a bit patchy. They'll come in off a defeat to Catalan so they'll be trying to bounce back and find that form they had earlier in the season."
Widnes welcome back second rower Danny Galea after he missed his first match for the club in Perpignan while threequarters Cameron Phelps and Willie Isa are also back in the reckoning to offset the loss of Macgraff Leuluai and Declan Hulme to injury.
"The games we play against Warrington or St Helens really can decide local bragging rights over your neighbours," said Betts.
"Our mentality is that we want to win every game, and a local derby against Warrington is one of those games which is great for our supporters.
"I think these kinds of matches give the fans the chance to feel a great sense of pride in the team, and the result last year really showed our intentions as a club."
Warrington Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, Dwyer, England, B. Evans, R. Evans, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J. Monaghan, M. Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ratchford, Russell, Waterhouse.
Widnes Vikings: Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Gore, Hanbury, Isa, Johnson, Joseph, Kavanagh, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.
Watch Warrington take on Widnes live on Sky Sports 1 at 2.45pm on Friday.
First Utility Super League
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 Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes 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
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