Leigh Centurions vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh put in a spirited display but didn't have enough to overcome Leeds last weekend. They weren't helped by having two men sent to the sin bin, with Antoni Maria and Dayne Weston both seeing yellow.
  • Neil Jukes makes just one change to his 19-man squad with Glenn Stewart returning after he passed the concussion protocol. Atelea Vea misses out after limping off against Leeds.
  • Leigh's loss coupled with a win for Widnes saw the Centurions fall to the bottom of the Super League table. They now sit five points off the top 8 and look consigned to the Middle 8s with just 12 points left to play for before the split.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Antoni Maria, Gregg McNally, Curtis Naughton, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Dayne Weston

Unavailable: Adam Higson (Suspended), Ben Crooks (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Atelea Vea (Injured), Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Willie Tonga, James Green, Gareth Hock

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan's run without a win now stands at six games after they fell to defeat away at Hull last week. Wigan have now lost five of their last six games, with their only point in that spell coming against Warrington at Magic Weekend.
  • Oliver Gildart returns to the squad for the first time since the start of April but the Warriors must do without skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Sam Powell through injury, as well as Liam Farrell who is serves a one-match ban.
  • In terms of competition points, Wigan are now closer to dropping out of the top 8 than they are of making it into the top 4. A loss here could have huge implications for the Warriors, especially if those teams below them can pick up points this weekend.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Gabe Fell, Callum Field, Liam Forsyth, Josh Ganson, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Joel Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams

Unavailable: Liam Farrell (Suspended), Anthony Gelling (Knee), Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Tony Clubb (Kidney), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Sean O'Loughlin (Hamstring), Sam Powell (Concussion)


Analysis - what to expect
With just six games to go in the regular season, this game could shape the immediate future for both Leigh and Wigan. The home side have only won one of their last 11 Super League matches and are running out of games to avoid dropping into the Middle 8s, which would see them battling to save their Super League status. Wigan's run of form is also alarming and a loss here would see them drop right into the mix for a potential place in the Middle 8s, too. Leigh's performances have sporadically improved recently and another decent performance here could see them take the important two points, but they may need to get themselves ahead by half-time to achieve this.