Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves Preview
12th Jul 2017 by TSZ
- Wigan produced a strong second half performance to claim a comfortable victory in the south of France as they beat Catalans to secure their place in the Super 8s.
- Captain Sean O'Loughlin is set to make his 400th appearance for Wigan and could line up alongside Liam Marshall, who has been recalled at the expense of Liam Farrell who picked up a knee injury last week.
- Wigan are now ominously positioned just four points behind 4th place and will look to keep the pressure on those above them when facing a team they have beaten in 10 of their last 14 encounters in all competitions.
Head Coach: Shaun Wane
Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Callum Field, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams
Unavailable: Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joel Tomkins (Groin), Liam Farrell (Knee), Lewis Tierney
- Warrington won their sixth home Super League out of the last seven with a resounding win over Leigh last weekend, scoring 50 points in the process.
- It is a welcome return for Ben Currie, who has been named in the Wolves squad for the first time this season following the ACL injury he suffered at the back end of last season. Ben Westwood was initially named in the 19-man squad but drops out after picking up a suspension at Tuesday's disciplinary hearing.
- Despite last weekend's win, Warrington are three points behind the top 8 with just four left to play for. To compound matters for the Wolves in a game where they must pick up at least a point to have any chance of making the Super 8s, they have lost nine of their last 10 away matches in Super League.
Head Coach: Tony Smith
Squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Kurt Gidley, Peta Hiku, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Ben Pomeroy, Stefan Ratchford, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Morgan Smith
Unavailable: Ben Westwood (Suspended), Toby King (Hamstring), Rhys Evans (Shoulder), Harvey Livett (Hamstring), Matty Russell (Knee), Kevin Brown (Foot), Joe Westerman (Hip), Dominic Crosby (Injured), Brad Dwyer
Analysis - what to expect
The penultimate round of the regular season in Super League gets underway with a repeat of last season's Grand Final. Warrington have endured a poor season following reaching both finals last season and now look set to drop into the Middle 8s come the end of round 23. Wigan haven't fared much better but having won their last two games, they find themselves secure in the top 8 with a semi-final spot more than attainable. Part of Warrington's issues this season have come about from starting matches slowly, having conceded the first try on no less than 16 occasions in their last 19 Super League games. Wigan have dominated this fixture in recent years and they should win this one to extend that run.