Friday, 15 March 2013

Leeds v Wigan preview

Tonight sees a massive clash at Headingley as reigning Super League champions Leeds Rhinos play host to League Leaders shield holders Wigan Warriors with both hoping to continue their good starts to the season.

Wigan come off the back of a crushing win at home to Catalans while Leeds want to get back to winning ways at home after being humbled by Huddersfield and Leeds head coach Brian McDermott told the media that he expects Wigan to be confident after seeing what Huddersfield did to his side on Friday.

Wigan will be keen to avenge the last meeting between the sides which saw Leeds knock Wigan out of the play-offs before achieving glory in the Grand Final but Wigan will remember the humiliation they dealt Leeds last June as Tommy Leuluai led them to a 50-8 win. Wigan are also undefeated in four visits to Leeds and in regular rounds since 2009.

Both sides have a number of leading lights with the trio of Richards, Tomkins and Charnley for the Warriors and Sinfield, Burrow and Hall for the Rhinos.

Wigan welcome back Darrell Goulding after illness sidelined him for the last three weeks while Leeds are unchanged.

Squads

Leeds -Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai,  Paul McShane, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett,  Kevin Sinfield (c), Stevie Ward, Brett Delaney,  Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Richard Moore, Joe Vickery


Wigan - Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson

I see this being a very close game hopefully not as close as the 13-12 last season but also see Wigan coming out on top at a score of 32-20.