Wigan will be looking to continue their outstanding form as they head to East Hull to face Hull KR on Friday night. Here’s all the key info ahead of the big game.
Justin Carney is a welcome return for the Robins. The winger was expected to be on the sidelines for 2 months but he has returned after just half that time.
Tim Sheens will be desperate for a win if his men are to stand any chance of breaking into the top 8. They’ve only won three times this season but on their day can battle until the end with Super League’s big guns.
Hull KR 19-man squad: Adam Quinlan, Junior Vaivai, Nick Scruton, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, James Donaldson, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Liam Salter, Josh Johnson, Chris Atkin, Will Dagger, Jordan Walne, Joe Cator, Danny Tickle, Justin Carney, Elliot Wallis
Wigan will be without Thomas Leuluai with Josh Ganson being added to the 19-man squad in his place.
Shaun Wane will be looking to end his final season in charge of the Warriors on a high note. His side have won their last 8 games so will head to Craven Park full of confidence.
Wigan Warriors 19-man squad: John Bateman, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Josh Ganson, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Liam Marshall, Romain Navarette, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, George Williams & Josh Woods
HEAD TO HEAD
These two sides have met twice this year, Wigan coming away victorious on both occasions. The first meeting was on Easter Monday when the Warriors comfortably won 44-6, Liam Marshall scoring four tries in the process.
The second meeting of the two came a fortnight ago in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. This was a much closer affair with Wigan eventually pulling away to win 28-10. This was a fiery game with John Bateman sin binned and Danny Tickle sent off for fighting on the half time whistle so don’t be surprised to see tensions rise in East Hull.
KEY BATTLE- Adam Quinlan vs Morgan Escare
Quinlan and Escare are both agile full backs who love to run in open space with the ball in hand. If either player finds a gap, they will punish their opponents.
With a chance of rain on game day, it will be interesting to see how both players cope with kick returns, Craven Park can be a difficult place for full backs to visit with the swirling wind and rain.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: 25th May 2018
Venue: Craven Park
Referee: Ben Thaler
WHO WILL WIN?