2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 11th March, 15:00

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity 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, Hamlin, Flower, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, S. Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Dan Sarginson, Joel Tomkins

  • Wigan recovered from a slow start in which they found themselves down 0-16 to bounce back with 32 unanswered points and defeat Widnes last week.
  • Head coach Shaun Wane is forced into making a change to his side with Joel Tomkins out with a knee injury so Gabe Hamlin comes into the 19-man squad.
  • The win over Widnes last week was Wigan’s fifth win in their last six Super League home fixtures but know they face a tough task to improve that run over the unbeaten Wakefield.

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Ashurst, England, Fifita, Finn, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Kirmond, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Chris Annakin, Joe Arundel, Mason Caton-Brown, Jordan Baldwinson

  • Wakefield hadn’t won their opening four top-flight fixtures since 1945 but they accomplished that feat with a victory over Huddersfield last week as they maintained their perfect start to the season.
  • Chris Chester is able to strengthen his squad with the return of Reece Lyne, Justin Horo and Tyler Randell, who could make his first appearance of the season. Jordan Baldwinson, Mason Caton-Brow and Joe Arundel all drop out.
  • Wakefield defeated Wigan 32-0 in their last encounter at the end of last season. That result ensured Wakefield finished higher than Wigan in the table.

THE PREDICTION

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane is adamant that revenge is not on his mind but after Wakefield humiliated his side in their final game of last season, it’s hard to imagine that payback hasn’t been discussed. In a match-up that sees the third-placed Warriors take on the unbeaten and second-placed Trinity, both teams can make a strong case to claim the points. This should be a fascinating contest that could go either way but Wakefield might just be able to nick it.