Super League preview: Widnes v Bradford

Widnes are seeking their first home win against Bradford since their 2012 return to Super League, having lost 38-4 to the Bulls in that season.

The sides then fought out a 22-22 draw in 2013.

The Vikings’ last home victory against the Bradford was 31-22 on 20 February, 2005.

Rhys Hanbury (1-1-1-2) has scored tries in Widnes’ last four meetings with the Bulls, whilst Patrick Ah Van (2-2-2) has scored tries in the last three.

Widnes

Hep Cahill is fully fit and available after a neck injury, whilst Paul Clough and Jack Owens are also back in the mix after missing last week’s win over Hull.

Squad: Ah Van, Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Dean, Flynn, Galea, Gerrard, Gilmore, Johnson,, Joseph, Leuluai, Lloyd, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.

Last match: Won 7-0 away at Hull FC

Bradford

Chev Walker is in-line to make a return to action and he is joined in the line-up by youngsters Nathan Conroy and Alex Mellor, with injured winger Jamie Foster set to miss the clash.

Squad: Addy, Blythe, Bridge, Conroy, Donaldson, Gale, Kear, Kearney, Henry, Mellor, Manuokafoa, Mullally, O’Brien, Olbison, Purtell, Roberts, Sutcliffe, Walker, Wood.

Last match: Lost 16-0 away at Hull KR

Super League summary

Widnes won 2

Bradford won 9

2 draws

Widnes highest score: 32-28 (A, 2013) (widest margin: 31-22, H, 2005)

Bradford highest score: 74-24 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)

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