Warrington Wolves vs Leigh Centurions Preview

The Lowdown

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington's struggles returned as they failed to back up their win against Catalans, going down to a 26-12 defeat at Wakefield to leave the Wolves three points outside of the top 8 with just three games to go.
  • Tony Smith is boosted by the return of Tom Lineham and Ben Westwood from injury whilst he has also named new signing Ben Pomeroy in his squad for the first time.
  • Warrington's home form has just about kept the Wolves in the hunt for a Super 8s place but they must extend their record of five wins in the last six home games if they are to have any realistic shot at finishing inside the top 8.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Kurt Gidley, Peta Hiku, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Ben Pomeroy, Stefan Ratchford, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood

Unavailable: Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Currie (Knee), Rhys Evans (Shoulder), Harvey Livett (Hamstring), Matty Russell (Knee), Kevin Brown (Foot), Joe Westerman (Hip), Dominic Crosby (Injured)

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh fell to a heart-breaking defeat as they conceded a try with the last play of the game to lose to Catalans in the south of France last weekend.
  • Neil Jukes is without suspended pair Ben Crooks and Jamie Acton with the latter potentially facing a season-ending ban when he faces the disciplinary committee next week. New signings Samisoni Langi and Daniel Mortimer could make their debuts alongside Mickey Higham who returns after a long period out.
  • Leigh have now won just two of their last 14 Super League matches and will have to fight for their Super League survival in the Middle 8s with the loss against Catalans confirming their fate.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, James Green, Adam Higson, Harrison Hansen, Mickey Higham, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Samisoni Langi, Antoni Maria, Daniel Mortimer, Cory Paterson, Ben Reynolds, Nick Rawsthorne, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea

Unavailable: Jamie Acton (Suspended), Ben Crooks (Suspended), James Clare (Knee), Gareth Hock (Injured), Gregg McNally (Injured), Ryan Hampshire, Eloi Pelissier


What to expect?

Warrington head into this game knowing a loss could see them end the weekend with them facing the prospect of the Middle 8s. It already looks an uphill task for last season's table toppers to avoid having to fight for their Super League status but a loss here would all but seal their fate. Leigh already know they will be in the Middle 8s too and will be hoping to retain their top flight status having only earned it last season. Warrington are the lowest scorers in the league this season which highlights why they've struggled but they should be able to claim a win here although a Leigh side with no pressure on them and with new signings may be able to spring a surprise.