Widnes Vikings have one of the best half-back partnerships in the Championship, says Dewsbury Rams chief Lee Greenwood

Widnes Vikings half-back Danny Craven. PIC: Chris Mangnall/SWpix.com.Widnes Vikings half-back Danny Craven. PIC: Chris Mangnall/SWpix.com.
Widnes Vikings half-back Danny Craven. PIC: Chris Mangnall/SWpix.com. | other
LEE GREENWOOD feels that Widnes Vikings boast one of the best half-back partnerships in the Championship in Danny Craven and Matty Smith.

The Dewsbury Rams head coach is anticipating a tough test for his side in Sunday night’s clash, which is set to be shown live on the OurLeague app at 6.15pm.

The Vikings are coached by former Australia coach Tim Sheens, who has also been at the helm at the likes of Penrith Panthers, Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers in the NRL

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Dewsbury will be looking to make it back-to-back league wins after securing an 18-16 victory over Halifax in their last Championship fixture.

“Widnes are tough, they have obviously fallen a bit over the last few years, getting relegated and then not having a great season last year,” said Greenwood.

“But they have still got some decent players in there and a lot more money spent on their squad compared to ours.

“And they have got the ex-coach of Australia coaching them as well, so it will be a good challenge for us.”

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The Vikings also have the experience of Logan Tomkins in their ranks, who joined from Salford Red Devils at the end of last campaign.

Greenwood continued: “Tomkins was in Super League last year with Salford, he has added another dimension to them at nine.

“Craven is very good at half-back, they have done well to keep hold of him.

“And then they have added Matty Smith alongside him and you don’t really get a better half-back pair in the Championship than those two.

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“And then around that they have a lot of young lads that have come through their system.

“They look in a better state than last year after getting relegated and the money problems. It looks a lot more settled and a lot more like a proper team.

“They could have a good year but that doesn’t stop us wanting to beat them on Sunday.”

Greenwood feels that the season has followed an expected pattern, with the Rams’ win at Halifax the only result to raise a any eyebrows.

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Widnes have started the campaign with two wins over Oldham, one in the league and the other in the Challenge Cup, victory over Batley Bulldogs and a defeat against recently-relegated London Broncos.

“It is hard sometimes to judge until you have got at least a third of the way through the season before you know what teams are like,” added Greenwood.

“A a lot of the league has gone to form. Probably the only upset was ourselves last week, against Halifax. Everything has gone how you would expect.”