Date: 10/04/15 Widnes Vikings:
Venue: KC Stadium
Referee: Richard Silverwood
Hull FC: Jordan Abdull, Josh Bowden, James Cunningham, Danny Houghton, Stuart Howarth, Tom Lineham, Stephen Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Curtis Naughton, Mickey Paea, Feka Paleaaesina, Leon Pryce, Jordan Rankin, Setaimata Sa, Jamie Shaul, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Thompson, Jansin Turgut, Joe Westerman.
Widnes Vikings: Patrick Ah Van, Kevin Brown, Chris Dean, Gil Dudson, Danny Galea, Alex Gerrard, Grant Gore, Rhys Hanbury, Aaron Heremaia, Phil Joseph, Macgraff Leuluai, Manase Manuokafoa, Stefan Marsh, Joe Mellor, Eamon O’Carroll, Jack Owens, Cameron Phelps, Lloyd White, Matt Whitley.
Last Eight Meetings:
Hull FC 0-7 Widnes (23/3/14)
Hull FC 72-10 Widnes (2/8/13)
Widnes 36-16 Hull FC (2/3/13)
Widnes 42-16 Hull FC (18/8/12)
Hull FC 58-10 Widnes (18/3/12)
Widnes 26-50 Hull FC (21/5/11)
Widnes 18-32 Hull FC (11/5/08)
Hull FC entertain Widnes Vikings at The KC Stadium on Friday night.
Both sides had a mixed Easter period, winning one and losing one of their two games.
The Black and Whites are boosted by the return of Setaimata Sa, who has recovered from a fractured vertebrae he suffered playing against Salford in February.
Sa replaces second-rower Dean Hadley, who picked up an ankle injury in Easter Monday’s win over reigning Champions St Helens.
19 year-old academy product Jansin Turgit is also in the preliminary squad, having made his debut earlier this season against Leeds Rhinos. He replaces Jack Logan who did not play in Monday’s victory over Saints.
They are the only changes Lee Radford has made to his squad meaning Curtis Naughton, who made his Hull FC debut at Langtree Park, is in line to make his home bow.
Rhys Hanbury, Joe Mellor, Chris Dean and Gil Dudson have all been recalled to the Vikings’ squad by head-coach Denis Betts.
Captain Kevin Brown is also included in the preliminary squad after missing Monday’s defeat to Catalan in Perpignan. The stand-off had returned to action in the derby win over Warrington last Thursday following almost a month out with a pulled hamstring.
Danny Craven, Tom Gilmore, Declan Hulme and Ben Kavanagh all drop out of the squad.
Aaron Heremaia will make his first return to The KC Stadium since leaving last year. The hooker/half-back made 62 appearances for the Black and Whites and scored 12 tries in his three years on Humberside.
The Vikings are yet to win away from the Select Security Stadium so far this season while Hull FC have managed just one win on home soil themselves in Super League XX.
Denis Betts praised his side’s performance in Monday’s loss in France; “I though Lloyd White was great, Aaron Heremaia and Manase Manuokafoa were fantastic in their stints out there,” he told Sporting Life.
“Macgraff Leuluai and Danny Galea all did some fantastic things. Matt Whitely is an 18-year-old who doesn’t look out of place, which is a real bonus to us.”
Prediction: Vikings by 12
The Vikings’ experience and Betts’ rotation over Easter could be enough to give them the edge in what looks like being a tight contest at The KC. Their forwards should be able to get on top if they can replicate Monday’s efforts and Lloyd White, Widnes’ leading try scorer this season, can take full advantage.