2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 23rd March, 20:00

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors vs Huddersfield Giants will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/w...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Dan Sarginson, Romain Navarrete

  • Wigan’s game with Castleford was postponed last week but the Warriors still remained in second-place in the Super League table.
  • That week off was a positive for Joel Tomkins who has now recovered from injury and returns to the 19-man squad along with Liam Marshall and Gabe Hamlin. Romain Navarrete, Callum Field and Craig Mullen make way.
  • Wigan have won six of their last seven Super League fixtures when playing at home and will be confident of extending that run here.

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Brough, Clough, Ferguson, Gaskell, Hinchcliffe, Ikahihifo, Lawrence, Leeming, McGillvary, McIntosh, Mellor, Murphy, O’Brien, Rankin, Smith, Ta’ai, Turner, Walne, Wood

Unavailable: Leroy Cudjoe, Shannon Wakeman, Tom Symonds, Jake Mamo, Oliver Roberts, Tyler Dickinson

  • Despite taking a 6-0 lead eight minutes in, Huddersfield were dominated by Hull KR last week and didn’t score a single point in the remaining 72 minutes of the game with the Giants conceding 38 in the process.
  • Rick Stone has made three changes to his squad with Jake Mamo and Oliver Roberts out through injury whilst Tyler Dickinson also makes way. Daniel Smith, Adam Walne and Michael Lawrence all return.
  • Huddersfield have conceded 146 points from their six games so far this season, an average of 24.3 points per game. Both of those totals are the worst in Super League and they now face a side who have been scoring an average of 27.2 points per game.

THE PREDICTION

Huddersfield were awful in defeat against Hull KR last week and now travel to a Wigan side that enjoyed a week off after their game against Castleford was postponed. The Warriors are two points off the top of the table and will be keen to apply some further pressure to St Helens with a big win here. They have looked impressive in attack so far this season and there’s every chance they improve their 27.2 points per game average against a weak-looking Giants team who could be on the end of another big scoreline.