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12 Oct 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League Grand Final – Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 13th October, 18:00

Where? Old Trafford

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/Events/Index

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Leuluai, Manfredi, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Chris Hankinson, Liam Marshall, Willie Isa, Oliver Partington

  • Shaun Wane got his wish to coach Wigan one final time in a Grand Final as they overcame Castleford last week. The Warriors’ defence was too good as they managed to keep the Tigers scoreless in a 14-0 win.
  • Wane has named an unchanged 19-man squad from last week’s win and it is likely he will stick with the same 17 with Gabe Hamlin and Taulima Tautai the two to miss out.
  • Wigan head into the Grand Final on the back of a nine-match winning streak. The Warriors haven’t tasted defeat since the 19th July when they lost to St Helens.

  • Wigan have scored the last try of the game in 13 of their last 15 matches which could prove to be important for them if the score is close on Saturday.

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Atkins, K. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Mitch Brown

  • Warrington shocked table-toppers St Helens to progress to the Grand Final. In a closely-fought encounter, Tom Lineham’s late try edged his side ahead with the Wolves able to see the game out in the closing stages to claim a 13-18 victory.
  • Steve Price has opted to name the same squad from last week’s win with nobody from outside of that group able to force their way into contention for a place at Old Trafford. Price has all-but confirmed Ryan Atkins won’t make the final 17 whilst Harvey Livett looks set to be the other to miss out.

  • After two consecutive defeats heading into their final match of the Super 8s, Warrington have now won two successive games with last week’s win the all-important one.

  • Across all of their league games this season, Warrington have averaged 25.3 points per game in attack. That’s one point per game more than their opponents on Saturday.

THE PREDICTION

After a gruelling season that has seen both teams take part in 31 matches in the league alone, Wigan and Warrington have earned the right to contest the 2018 Super League Grand Final. Wigan head into the game as slight favourites but Warrington upset the odds last week and will be looking to do the same here. They went to the team that ended the regular season top of the ladder and beat them for the first time this season having lost their other three encounters. Wigan on the other hand produced another solid display as their stern defence stood firm to nil Castleford. They head into this contest with the best defence in the league in 2018, conceding an average of just 13.5 points per game and that could be the deciding factor. This should be a close contest but the Warriors can grind the Wolves down and eek out the win to give departing head coach Shaun Wane as well as several high-profile players the perfect send off with a Grand Final ring.

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