Thursday, 2 May 2013

Noble Returns To The DW

Tomorrow sees Wigan play host to Salford in a game that sees former Wigan coach Brian Noble return to Wigan for the first time since his visit with the Crusaders in 2011.

Noble despite early in his Salford career has revitalised them so much that they saw off Castleford 34-30 in his first game at the helm while counterpart Shaun Wane is looking for a seventh consecutive Super League win for his Wigan side who come off the back of  a hard fought victory away to Hull FC.

The sides met on the opening round of 2013 in which Salford were demolished 42-0 by a Wigan side who silenced all the pre-season doubters after many leading stars departed for the NRL.

Wigan make two changes to the 19 who faced Hull with Gelling and Burke coming in in place of Powell and Richards who has a slight knock on his leg meaning Smith may take over kicking duties.

Wigan - Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins

Salford - Jodie Broughton, Ashley Gibson, Martin Gleeson, Danny Williams, Liam Foran, Matty Ashurst, Andrew Dixon, Steve Wild, Wayne Godwin, Jordan James, Adam Neal, Theo Fages,
Marc Sneyd, Ryan McGoldrick, Lee Gaskell, Gareth Owen, Darrell Griffin, Adam Walne, Jake Emmitt.

As Wigan are on such a good run of form I cannot see anything other than a win for them despite Salford's revitalisation under Noble so I am going for Wigan 42 Salford 10.