Super League: Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils preview
Last Updated: 17/05/14 12:03pm
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.
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
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt 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
Magic Weekend 2014, round 13
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Highlights from Sunday's Magic Weekend matches including Huddersfield's win over Bradford.
- Wellens upset with loss
- Warrington back to their best
- Ferres return thrills Anderson
- Giants run riot against Bulls
- Tigers in talks over Sneyd
- Cas thrash woeful Wildcats
- Wane hails wounded Warriors
- Warriors battle past Rhinos
- Rovers claim bragging rights
- Betts: We showed character
- Vikings too strong for Salford
- London boss defends Drinkwater
- London edged out by Catalan
- Flanagan targets league shield
- Wildcats v Tigers: Teams
- Wolves v Saints: Teams
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- Morley - Red Devils improving
- Wildcats grab Tiger Owen
- Jones-Buchanan: Leeds firing
- Grima still upbeat on survival
- Shenton seeks magic formula
- Returning Ferres fired up
- Radford: Rovers the favourites