Thursday, 8 August 2013

Top Two Face Off At The DW On Heritage Day

Friday night sees the battle of the league's top two at the DW as Huddersfield who are currently a single point clear at the top make the trip to second place Wigan who are celebrating their annual Heritage Day.

This year's Heritage Day sees Wigan hand out Heritage numbers to current and past players with the landmark #1000 being current number nine - Michael McIlorum and the legendary Billy Boston being #553.

Huddersfield will be looking for their first double over Wigan since 2009 which saw them win 8-22 and 48-16 and after a 22-10 win at the John Smith's stadium back in February against a Wigan side minus Sam Tomkins among others, they will be wary of a tougher game from Wigan.

Good news for the Warriors fans is that this time around Sam Tomkins is fit to face the Giants alongside returns for Pat Richards, Liam Farrell and Gil Dudson but unfortunately Matty Smith, Ben Flower and captain Sean O'Loughlin all miss out due to leg injuries.

Huddersfield welcome back Shaun Lunt, Jason Chan and Dale Ferguson as they hope to go three points clear at the top of the league and give themsleves a great chance of a first League Leaders Shield.

Wigan: Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hansen, Hughes, Lauaki, McIlorum, Mossop, S. Powell, Richards, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.
Huddersfield: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Wood.

The returns coupled with the trio who miss out may make this a very close game but I think as Huddersfield have only the League to focus on they will go for broke and could come unstuck so I am going for a tight Wigan win of Wigan 24 Huddersfield 20.