Sunday, 21 July 2013

Warriors Travel To Face Saints

Wigan make the short trip over to St Helens for the derby fixture at Langtree Park tomorrow while hoping to reclaim top spot should Huddersfield win today.

Wigan hold the advantage of ruining Saints first home derby at Langtree Park last year after ruining their last derby at Knowsley Road back in 2010 so Saints would like to finally claim a home victory over their rivals.

Wigan have won four of the last six against Saints but lost on the final day last year while claiming the League Leaders Shield so both love to ruin each others celebrations and with Wigan reaching the Challenge Cup Semis, confidence is high despite the side-lining of Sam Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin and Harrison Hansen.

Wigan include the returning Scott Taylor and will surely hand Ryan Hampshire the full back slot after scoring his first try in the win over Widnes while Saints include Anthony Laffranchi who returns from compassionate leave whilst Stuart Howarth is recalled for the injured James Roby.

Saints - 1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tom Makinson, 24. Joe Greenwood, 25. Alex Walmsley, 33. Luke Thompson, 36. Stuart Howarth, 37. Gareth O'Brien, 38. Greg Richards.

Wigan - 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. Jack Hughes, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Blake Green, 7. Matty Smith, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 12. Liam Farrell, 15. Ben Flower, 16. Chris Tuson, 20. Gil Dudson, 21.Scott Taylor, 22. Anthony Gelling, 23. Logan Tomkins, 24. Sam Powell, 26. Dominic Crosby, 29. Greg Burke, 32. Ryan Hampshire.

As the semi final is under a week away, Wigan may need to get ahead and kill Saints off early so as not to burn out for the semi but I will go for a Wigan win of 36-12.