It’s been a sombre return to rugby league action in 2021, with the pandemic still very much active in the background.
Here’s a quick look at the season in numbers so far.
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13 – Widnes have played 13 games, including three in the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup semi-final. There have been five wins, one draw and seven defeats.
7 – Deon Cross is the Vikings’ top try scorer in the Championship this season with seven. That puts him joint fifth in the league rankings. Featherstone’s Gareth Gale is top with 10, while London’s Abbas Miski and York’s Matty Marsh have nine each.
5 – There are five ever presents in Simon Finnigan’s squad that have played in every game so far this season – Matty Smith, Steve Tyrer, Deon Cross, Adam Lawton and Will Tilleke. Smith, Tyrer and Cross have started every game.
6 – Widnes have been kept scoreless in six halves this season (out of 26) – Newcastle (A), Salford (A), Batley (A), Toulouse (A x2), York (H).
8 – Eight players have made their Widnes debuts in 2021 so far; Will Tilleke, Josh Wilde, Daniel Hill, Matt Cook, Lee Jewitt, Eribe Doro, Brad O’Neill and Lewis Else.
2 – The most consecutive wins Widnes have managed in 2021 so far (West Wales, Whitehaven and Whitehaven, Oldham).
3 – Players currently on contract for 2022, including captain Jack Owens who recently signed a three-year deal, plus centre Jake Spedding and injured hooker Logan Tomkins.
13 – Starting with this Sunday against Sheffield, Widnes have 13 scheduled games left in the Championship, comprising of six home games and seven away games.
650 – It’s now 650 days since Widnes last won an away game in Yorkshire, defeating Dewsbury in September 2019.