THE cup weekend means Widnes have an enforced but perhaps timely break from first-team action this Saturday.
After a difficult and eventful first half of the campaign, this should at least help Wids to get most of their remaining injured players off the treatment table.
They'll want as strong a squad as possible available in time for the return fixture with Sale FC at Heywood Road on December 16.
Vice-captain Simon Alderson is already back in action while front-row partner Steve Vickerstaffe may also be ready for a run-out
The seconds take centre stage this Saturday against fellow strugglers Tyldesley in a Millers Homes League fixture, brought forward from the New Year.
The thirds have a break from league action but are in the pool for a game.
Widnes 2nd (v Tyldesley, away, meet 12.15pm, cars):
K Leadbetter, M Hill, A Riley, A Fretwell, K McGreevey, A O'Neill, I Winstanley, D Dyer, A Loughnane, L Morton, M Loughnane, S Duffy, C Clark, T Farmer, S Morgan. Reps; P Logan, S Alderson, C Bennett, D Lightfoot.