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PREVIEW: Wigan and Warrington both aiming for Super League summit

Super League’s top two sides face each other at the DW Stadium on Friday night when Wigan entertain local rivals Warrington.

Both teams have lost just one of their opening eight games this season with the Warriors losing to Widnes a fortnight ago and the Wolves losing 26-24 to Hull FC on their last outing.

Wigan go into the game full of confidence following two impressive wins over the Easter period. Shaun Wane’s side eased past rivals St Helens 24-12 before a hat-trick from Josh Charnley helped them secure a 30-16 victory over Hull KR.

It was announced this week that Charnley will leave the club at the end of the season to switch codes and join Sale Sharks. Dan Sarginson, who is covering at full-back at the moment, will also leave to join NRL side Gold Coast Titans and both are included in the squad for Friday’s game.

Anthony Gelling and John Bateman miss out for the Warriors although Liam Farrell and Willie Isa are fit again and are named in the 19-man squad.

Warrington have included all three injury doubts in their squad. Matty Russell and Kurt Gidley both missed the defeat to Hull but are expected to return although the game may come too soon for Joe Westerman who is suffering from an ankle injury.

Gene Ormsby and Joe Philbin are named in the squad as cover.

Wigan boast an impressive record over the Wolves in recent times having won six of the last seven meetings between the sides.

The last time the sides met was at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in the Super 8s last season where the Warriors thrashed Tony Smith’s side 28-0.

Supporters have been treated to some great contests between the sides over the years and Friday’s game should be no different.


Wigan Warriors squad: Joe Bretherton, Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Oliver Gildart, Nick Gregson, Jack Higginson, Willie Isa, Dom Manfredi, Lee Mossop, Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Lewis Tierney, Joel Tomkins.

Warrington Wolves squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Jordan Cox, Ben Currie, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Tom Lineham, Gene Ormsby, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Matty Russell, Chris Sandow, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood.

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.

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