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06 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 6th September, 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, Flower, Gildart, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Navarrete, Partington, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Liam Farrell, Chris Hankinson, Taulima Tautai, Liam Marshall

  • Wigan were hugely impressive as they defeated local rivals and league leaders St Helens last week. The Warriors dominated in defence and that was the catalyst behind the 10-30 triumph.
  • Dom Manfredi makes a welcome return for the Cherry and Whites after a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. He replaces Samy Kibula in the 19-man squad.
  • Last week’s win was Wigan’s fourth in a row. The Warriors are starting to hit form at just the right time and look set to claim a home semi-final with them possessing a three-point cushion in second place with just four games remaining.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Danny Kirmond, David Fifita, Anthony England

  • Wakefield produced a stunning second half display to shock Huddersfield last week. Trinity scored 36 unanswered points to blow the Giants away in a 16-42 victory.
  • Chris Annakin is named in the 19-man squad having received a late call-up last week. He is joined by Joe Arundel with Anthony England and Max Jowitt making way.
  • Wakefield’s win last week closed the gap on the fifth-placed Giants to just two points and Trinity will have that position in their sights but face a tough test here against a side that have lost just one home game all season.

THE PREDICTION

Both Wigan and Wakefield were impressive in victory last week and they come head-to-head in what should be an interesting encounter. Wigan defeated league leaders St Helens whilst Wakefield overturned a half-time deficit to thrash Huddersfield after scoring 36 unanswered points in the second half. The Warriors will be keen to kick on after last week’s win and not let standards drop with second place theirs to lose. Trinity on the other hand looked dangerous last week with no pressure on them as they seek to finish as high up the table as possible. They will face a tougher task this week and Wigan’s imperious home form coupled with their recent good run should see them earn victory here.

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