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Super League match preview: Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils

Date: 31/07/2014
Venue: DW Stadium
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Teams

Wigan Warriors 19 man squad:

John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Jack Hughes, Jordan James, Dom Manfredi, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Joel Tomkins, George Williams

Salford Red Devils 19 man squad:

Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Rangi Chase, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages, Darrell Griffin, Josh Griffin, Harrison Hansen, Greg Johnson, Tommy Lee, Kevin Locke, Adrian Morley, Tony Puletua, Steve Rapira, Junior Sa’u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Jordan Walne, Jason Walton

Form

Wigan Warriors

Last 5: LWWWL

Last Win: vs Hull, H Round 21, 56-10

Last Defeat: vs Bradford, A Round 22, 16-8

Last time they met: W, Away, 4-25

 

Salford Red Devils

Last 5: LWWWL

Last Win: vs Hull KR, A Round 21, 18-38

Last Defeat: vs Leeds, H Round 22, 18-22

Last time they met: L, Home, 4-25

Preview

After a ‘big’ announcement on Tuesday Wigan Warriors fans were left disappointed that Sam Tomkins would not be returning to the club however, they will have to settle with the news that his brother Joel is set to make his second debut for the club against Salford Red Devils on Thursday.

The second rower returned after his move to rugby union and will be a big addition to the Warriors as they look to defend their Super League crown in the coming months.

Salford will be looking to spoil Joel’s big night though as they continue their late push for a place inside the top eight as three wins in their last five games has given them some momentum as the season come to a close.

Both sides were beaten in Round 22 as Salford pushed Leeds Rhinos all the way to the final hooter as their run of three straight games ended in an 18-22 defeat.

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors were stunned by Bradford Bulls as they came home from Odsal in disbelief having been beaten by the already relegated Bulls 16-8 as they lost ground on leaders St Helens.

This is set to be a fierce contest with Wigan fighting to keep the Super League trophy in their grasp while Salford are desperate to prolong their season by sneaking into the top eight.

Wigan will be strong favourites yet Salford showed last week they can push the best sides close and will be looking to go one better this time out.

Prediction

Wigan will be disappointed by last week and Shaun Wane will be making sure his side are fully focused on bouncing back this week. Warriors by 14.

My name is Sean Hayes. I am from Widnes, England. I am currently studying journalism at Salford University. Aspiring sports journalist and rugby league fanatic whether it is watching, playing or writing about the greatest game! Follow me on twitter @SHayesNBL

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