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27 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 28th June, 19:45

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? 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/default.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Paisley, Powell, Tautai, S. Tomkins, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Ryan Sutton, George Williams, Dan Sarginson

  • Wigan couldn’t close the gap on league leaders St Helens as they lost narrowly to Castleford last week. With both teams fielding under-strength teams, they played out a thrilling encounter but it was the Tigers who snatched the spoils with a last-minute drop goal to condemn the Warriors to a 19-18 defeat.

  • Shaun Wane has named England internationals Sean O’Loughlin and John Bateman in his squad despite the short turnaround from the Test match in Denver on Saturday. In a further boost, Joe Greenwood is named in the 19-man squad and could make his Wigan debut.

  • Wigan have won all six of their Super League games at the DW Stadium this season and will be hoping that they can improve that run with them having four of their final five matches before the league split on home soil.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: Brian McDermott

Squad: L. Briscoe, T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Ferres, Garbutt, Golding, Hall, Handley, Moon, Myler, Oledzki, Ormondroyd, Parcell, Singleton, Smith, Sutcliffe, Walker, Walters

Unavailable: Kallum Watkins, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Nathaniel Peteru, Jimmy Keinhorst, Carl Ablett, Brett Delaney, Stevie Ward, Anthony Mullally

  • Leeds’ miserable run of form continued as they lost their sixth consecutive Super League game. Despite leading Catalans 24-10 at the break of their crucial encounter, the Rhinos could only add a single point in the second half as the Dragons stormed back to claimed a hugely important 25-28 win.

  • Brian McDermott welcomes back Richie Myler and Brad Singleton from injuries whilst Ryan Hall is named having played for England last weekend. Jordan Lilley, Harry Newman and Tom Holroyd all make way for the more senior men.

  • Leeds now sit just a point ahead of ninth-placed Catalans with the prospect of a relegation scrap in the Middle 8s becoming a real possibility with just five games remaining before the league split.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan will be looking to pile more despair on rivals Leeds as the Warriors attempt to cling on to second spot in the Super League table. Last week’s defeat to Castleford brought the Tigers to within a point of the Warriors who will now be looking over their shoulder rather than up the table. Leeds are another side looking over their shoulder after an eighth defeat in nine league matches last week against Catalans. They are now in real danger of dropping into the Middle 8s with their run of form alarming and heading to a side that haven’t lost at home all season isn’t likely to help that cause with Wigan having too much and extending Leeds’ losing run.

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