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Warrington eye League Leaders prize with win over Wigan

Warrington can lift the League Leaders’ Shield on Friday night with a win over local rivals Wigan at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The Wolves’ 30-12 win over Widnes last week saw them move three points clear at the top of the table following Hull FC’s tense 18-12 defeat to the Warriors.

Tony Smith’s side have won four of their five Super 8s games and just need a point from the remaining two games to be crowned as League Leaders.

Wigan will be looking to spoil the party however and a win for themselves would keep their slim hopes of finishing top alive although their inferior points difference renders that unlikely with Hull and Warrington also facing each other next week.

Daryl Clark returns to Warrington’s squad from the injury he sustained in the Challenge Cup Final and Joe Westerman is also back in contention after missing the win over Widnes.

Ryan Bailey and Morgan Smith drop out.

Chris Sandow is still one week away from returning from the knee injury he picked up at Wembley.

Oliver Gildart replaces Jack Wells in Wigan’s only change from the clash with Hull last Friday.

The Warriors confirmed this week that Tony Clubb and Lee Mossop will both miss the remainder of the campaign while skipper Sean O’Loughlin is still unavailable with an ongoing hamstring injury.

Warrington have won both encounters so far this season. Tony Smith’s side came out 28-16 winners at the DW Stadium in April and romped to a 40-10 victory at home.

A win would see Warrington lift the League Leaders’ Shield for the second time and the first since 2011 but should they drop points they could face a final game showdown with Hull next Friday.


Warrington Wolves (from): Atkins, Clark, Currie, Dwyer, Evans, Gidley, Hill, Hughes, Jullien, G King, T King, Patton, Penny, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Sims, Westerman, Wilde.

Wigan Warriors (from): Bateman, Bretherton, Charnley, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Gildart, Isa, Nuuausala, Powell, Sarginson, Shorrocks, Smith, Sutton, Tautai, Tierney, Tomkins, Williams.

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.


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