Easter Monday will see Wigan and Hull KR look to avenge their good Friday losses at the DW Stadium.
Dan Sarginson, Gabe Hamlin and Josh Ganson have been added to the Warriors squad in the place of Sean O’loughlin, Taulima Tautai and Josh Woods.
Shaun Wane’s men were beaten 21-18 by their rivals St Helens but their players could hold their heads up high in defeat. Losing Sam Tomkins pre match was a big loss but they dealt with adversity well.
Wigan Warriors 19-Man Squad – John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Josh Ganson, Oliver Gildart, Gabe Hamlin, Willie Isa, Tommy Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarrete, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, George Williams
Captain Shaun Lunt and half back Danny McGuire will not feature for the Red and Whites, with Tim Sheens drafting in young duo Will Dagger and Will Oakes, the former featuring in the good Friday derby.
Ben Kavanagh is in the squad but is expected to play no part due to a knee injury.
The Robins suffered their 6th straight derby defeat against the 12 men of Hull FC so many won’t give them a chance against Wigan.
Hull KR 19-Man Squad: Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns, Ryan Shaw, Nick Scruton, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, Lee Jewitt, James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Matty Marsh, Liam Salter, Josh Johnson, Chris Atkin, Will Oakes, Will Dagger, Justin Carney.
HEAD TO HEAD
The DW Stadium hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Hull KR in recent years- they haven’t won there since 2009.
These two sides last met in 2016 when Sam Tomkins scored a late winner to mark a comeback which saw the Robins lead by 10 points going into the final ten minutes of the game.
Can the robins pull off a shock?
KEY BATTLE- Down The Middle
With Wigan taking O’loughlin and Tautai out of the squad, Hull KR should be looking to try and be the dominant team down the middle.
It is well known how much of a key player O’loughlin is so maybe the Robins can use this to their advantage through the likes of Mose Masoe, Nick Scruton and Lee Jewitt.
If Sheens’ men struggle to find the front foot then I worry for them as Wigan’s back line could have a field day if they get their own way.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: April 2nd 2018
Venue: DW Stadium
Referee: Ben Thaler
WHO WILL WIN?