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Super League Match Preview: Wakefield Wildcats vs Wigan Warriors

Date: Thursday, 23 April

Kick-off: 8pm

Venue: Rapid Solicitors Stadium

Teams

Wakfield 19 man squad: Jordan Crowther, Pita Godinet, Craig Hall, Ben Kavanagh, Ian Kirke, Danny Kirmond, Ali Lauitiiti, Reece Lyne, Paul McShane, Jacob Miller, Jon Molloy, Richard Owen, Matt Ryan, Chris Riley, Nick Scruton, Mickael Simon, Daniel Smith, Tim Smith, Danny Washbrook.

Wigan 19 man squad: John Bateman, Matty Bowen, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Ben Hampshire, Dom Manfredi, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Larne Patrick, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Logan Tomkins, George Williams.

Last Five Meetings

Wigan 52–10 Wakefield – Round 7, 2015

Wakefield 36-28 Wigan – Round 17, 2014

Wigan 46-24 Wakefield –Round 3, 2014

Wakefield 23-36 Wigan – Round 17, 2013

Wigan 44-24 Wakefield – Round 11, 2013

Preview:

Bottom of the table Wakefield will be looking to turn their season around on Thursday night when they entertain Wigan at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

After winning their opening two matches of the season, the Wildcats have slumped to eight consecutive defeats in the league but did win their Challenge Cup fixture against Halifax 44-16 last weekend.

As the regular season reaches its half-way point, James Webster’s team already find themselves six points off the top eight and face an uphill struggle to be guaranteed a place in the Super League next season.

In contrast, after a slow start to the campaign Wigan have turned their fortunes around with four wins from their last five games and sit third in the table.

Last Thursday’s entertaining 30-20 win over rivals Warrington will have filled the players with confidence as they enter the second half of the season in good form.

Head coach Shaun Wane has named an unchanged squad from the win over the Wolves, with Ben Flower keeping his place after returning last week from his six month suspension.

Matty Bowen and Larne Patrick are included and will be pushing to be recalled into the starting line-up.

For the Wildcats, Ben Kavanagh looks set to make his debut after signing on loan from Widnes until the end of the season.

Jordan Crowther and Reece Lyne return from injury and replace Joe Arundel, Jordan Sammut and Kyle Trout in the 19-man squad.

A hat-trick from Anthony Gelling helped the Warriors to an emphatic 52-10 victory when the sides met earlier this season and the Wildcats will have to be on top of their game to avoid a repeat scenario on Thursday night.

Prediction

It’s difficult to see past another comfortable win for the Warriors. Wigan by 24.

 

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