Saturday, 1 June 2013

Warriors Travel To Face Wildcats

A battling win against Leeds last Sunday still in their minds, Wigan travel to Wakefield on Sunday with hopes of continuing their 11 game winning streak against a side that can boast about being the top scorers against Wigan this season.

Wakefield surprisingly scored 24 points in the reverse fixture in April, a feat not achieved by any other side including the likes of Warrington (17) and Leeds (16) and at times looked the better side before ending on a 20 point deficit losing 44-24.

However, their defeat against Castleford at Magic will have dented their spirits as they sit 10th in the table only four points off the 'top 8' but the same amount off the bottom. The highlight of their visit to the DW would be the breakaway try by Aiton which looked to spur a comeback.

Negatively though  many will remember that the Wildcats played most of the game with 12 after Poore was sent off for a punch on Wigan's Farrell and the two are likely to face each other again on Sunday.

Wakefield welcome back Danny Kirmond, but Paul Aiton, Ali Lauitiiti, Tim Smith and Paul Sykes will all miss out with Frankie Mariano, Kyle Wood, Olly Wilkes, Vince Mellars, Matty Wilde and Lucas Walshaw are all in contention to make the 17.

Wigan include Greg Burke and Scott Taylor in their 19-man squad but a knock against Leeds rules out captain Sean O'Loughlin while Blake Green and Gil Dudson are still sidelined.

Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Smith, Cockayne, Poore, Raleigh, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Mellars, Lyne, Wildie, Walshaw, Annakin, Tautai.
Wigan Warriors: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Hansen, Hughes, Lauaki, McIlorum, Mossop, Powell, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins, Tuson.

Surely there will be no surprise on the cards here and Wigan will march clear at the top of the table but I will err with caution and go for Wakefield 18 Wigan 40.