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27 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 28th September, 19:45

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors vs Hull FC will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/default.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Field, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Manfredi, Navarrete, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, Tomkins, Williams, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Liam Farrell, Chris Hankinson, Liam Marshall, Sean O’Loughlin, Willie Isa, Oliver Partington, Tommy Leuluai

  • Wigan secured second place and a home semi-final with a hard-fought win over Huddersfield in dreadful conditions last week. The Warriors were far from their best but did enough to earn a 6-13 win.

  • Shaun Wane makes three changes with Ben Flower, Callum Field and Craig Mullen all named in the 19-man squad. Liam Paisley is left out whilst Tommy Leuluai is out with a groin injury and Oliver Partington is suspended.

  • Wigan have won all six of their matches in the Super 8s so far and can become the first side to win all seven of their matches with a win here.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Bienek, Connor, Downs, Faraimo, Fash, Griffin, Harris, Houghton, Lane, Litten, Matongo, Paea, Scott, Shaul, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Josh Bowden, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Mark Minichiello, Chris Green, Marc Sneyd, Sika Manu, Dean Hadley, Hakim Miloudi

  • Hull couldn’t hold on to the lead late on in their last game as they fell to another defeat. Catalans were able to score two tries in the final 10 minutes to retake the lead as the Black and Whites went down 20-26 in their final home game of the season.

  • Lee Radford will be hoping for better luck on the injury front in 2019. Having been without a host of first-team stars throughout 2018, he ends the season with at least nine players out. Danny Houghton – a late inclusion last week – and Jack Downs are added to this week’s squad with Dean Hadley and Hakim Miloudi the latest absentees.

  • Hull’s losing run now stands at ten games and is the longest in their history. They face a massive task to prevent that run extending even further against a side that have lost just once at home all season.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan can look forward to hosting Castleford in a semi-final contest next week but first they face a Hull side heading to the DW Stadium on an awful run of form. The Cherry and Whites have only lost one game on home soil all season and will fancy their chances of maintaining that record here. Hull have lost ten on the bounce as they blew a great chance to end their losing streak at home but some tired defence late on was their downfall. Wigan managed to earn the win over Huddersfield in awful conditions and will be hoping for better weather here to try and put in a strong performance before next week’s semi-final. They will win here and it could be a big score, too.

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