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Wolves search for win to extend hoodoo over Widnes

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WARRINGTON Wolves will go hunting for their first win of the season when they travel to local rivals Widnes Vikings on Friday night.

Star signing Tyrone Roberts, who made his debut in the defeat against Leeds on opening night, is once again missing with a knee injury having sat out the loss at Huddersfield.

Prop Dom Crosby is included in the 19-man squad after nine months sidelined through injury, while Harvey Livett is also named.

Warrington have won the last nine competitive meetings between the two sides, last tasting defeat back in April 2015.

But they have managed to score just three tries in their first two matches of the 2018 Super League season – a 16-12 home defeat to champions Leeds and a 20-6 reversal away at Huddersfield.

Widnes have started the season with a 40-12 win over Catalans before suffering a 13-12 loss at Castleford on Sunday, meaning the Wolves have had an extra three days of preparation as Steve Price hunts his first win as boss.

The Vikings are without Patrick Ah Van and Charly Runciman, who suffered injuries in the respective matches, as well as hooker Lloyd White, a late withdrawal from the Castleford defeat through illness.

Warrington-born Joe Mellor and Danny Walker are included in Denis Betts’ 19-man squad, as is ex-Wolves back-rower Sam Wilde, who made the move to the Vikings in the off-season.

Widnes won the traditional pre-season meeting between the two sides 26-22.

Warrington 19-man squad: Atkins, K Brown, Clark, Cooper, Crosby, Currie, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoc-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Smith, Westwood.

Widnes 19-man squad: Ashall-Bott, Burke, Cahill, J Chapelhow, Craven, Dean, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Inu, Leuluai, Marsh, Olbison, B Walker, D Walker, Whitley, Wilde.

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