Saturday, 22 June 2013

Warriors Travel To Wolves

After a 17 day break due to the international match, Wigan make the short trip to face fierce rivals Warrington in what is usually a tie between the league's top two but this season has seen Wire stutter in comparison to Wigan.

Warrington look good in third but are six points off the top while Wigan are five clear of anyone with an unbeaten run of 13 games which hopefully will not be an unlucky omen when they collide on Monday.

Wigan come off the back of a 33-32 at Widnes in which a very young 17 played and further injuries mean the age of the side that take the field on Monday will be shockingly young in comparison to the 'old guard' of Warrington who themselves have found good form in their previous two games seeing them score 150 points while only conceding 20 against Salford and London.

This tie has been long awaited as the last meeting was back in round two in February when Briers kicked a late drop goal which deflected off the post to secure a 17-17 draw and make Wigan wait to secure a league win over Wire (their last came in 2010) until this weekend.

Warrington -  Ryan Atkins, Lee Briers, Garreth Carvell, Mike Cooper Ben Currie, Simon Grix, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, Brett Hodgson, Tyrone McCarthy, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Adrian Morley, Richie Myler, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Riley, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Paul Wood.

Wigan - Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling, Darrell Goulding, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Epalahame Lauaki, Rhodri Lloyd, Lee Mossop, Sam Powell, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Tom Spencer, Sam Tomkins, Logan Tomkins, Chris Tuson, George Williams.

As expected the bookmakers are offering a slim +4/-4 handicap between the sides and personally I would agree that there may not be a full score between the sides and as such I am predicting a tight game with Wigan edging it at Wire 32 Wigan 36.