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29 May 2017 by TSZ

Wigan Warriors vs Wakefield Trinity Preview

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The Lowdown

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan's winless run in Super League was extended to four games as a late Mark Percival try saw local rivals St. Helens claim the spoils in their derby on Thursday night.
  • Shaun Wane is still without plenty of first-team experience and lost Joel Tomkins in the warm-up against Saints. He once again misses out along with Liam Forsyth with Romain Navarrete and youngster James Worthington called up.
  • Wigan have been dominant over Wakefield in recent years, having won 14 of their last 16 Super League contests but did fall to a 62-0 defeat in April last year.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Burgess, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Callum Field, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael Mcilorum, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Jack Wells, George Williams, James Worthington

Unavailable: Anthony Gelling (Knee), Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Tony Clubb (Kidney), Oliver Gildart (Back), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joel Tomkins (Injury)

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield came from behind late on to claim a crucial win over Huddersfield Giants on Friday to close the gap on the top 4 to just one point.
  • Trinity have now won their last four Super League games as they look to maintain the pressure on the top 4 but crucially, ensure they end the regular season in the Super 8s.
  • Chris Chester's side don't have the best record against Wigan and must try and beat them without in-form winger Ben Jones-Bishop, who misses out along with Keegan Hirst. New signing Adam Walker comes into the squad as well as Mikey Sio.

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, James Batchelor, Mason Caton-Brown, Anthony England, David Fifita, Liam Finn, Ashley Gibson, Scott Grix, Craig Huby, Danny Kirmond, Reece Lyne, Jacob Miller, Mikey Sio, Bill Tupou, Adam Walker, Sam Williams, Kyle Wood

Unavailable: Tom Johnstone (Knee), Mitch Allgood (Hand), Ben Jones-Bishop, Keegan Hirst


Analysis - what to expect
Wigan's defeat to Saints on Thursday leaves the cherry and whites looking over their shoulder as their local rivals closed to within a point of them. More alarming for Wigan is that they're three points off the top 4. Wakefield are two points ahead of their hosts today knowing a win would be huge for them. They go into the game in good form having won their last four Super League games and will fancy their chances. This game could go either way and may be decided late on but it's rare for Wigan to go five Super League games without a win so they're the slight preference in this game.

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