Thursday, 1 August 2013

Wigan host Hull KR

A Challenge Cup final place at Wembley booked for the 24th, Wigan turn their focus back to the fight for the League Leaders Shield by hosting Hull KR on Friday.

Rovers will be hoping to get revenge on the Warriors for the 84-6 humiliation they suffered in April in the reverse fixture while also hoping for a maiden win in 2013 against Wigan having also been knocked out of the Challenge Cup at MS3 Craven Park back in May by 46-14.

Wigan on the other hand will be looking to complete a treble of victories and in turn return to the Super League summit and as KR are currently sixth in the table, the game will not be an easy one as St Helens can prove having themselves fallen to defeat three times this season including an exit from the Challenge Cup.

Despite Rovers' high placing in the table, Wigan have a packed run-in to the play-offs and as such have rested Pat Richards and Liam Farrell from the 19 along with the injured Dudson while there is a debut in the squad for Joe Burgess and the return of Epalahame Lauaki after a lenghty period on the sidelines. 

Wigan - Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Epalahame Lauaki, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson.

Hull KR - Liam Salter, Jason Netherton, Adam Walker, Sean Gleeson, Evarn Tuimavave, Jordan Cox, Con Mika, Travis Burns, Keal Carlile, Rich Beaumont, Craig Hall, Mickey Paea, David Hodgson, Rhys Lovegrove, Michael Dobson, Lincoln Withers, Greg Eden, Tyla Hepi, Josh Hodgson.

Due to Hull KR having not played since the defeat to Warrington on the 21st July, they will be far fresher than Wigan who have had six days since the Semi Final win over London and as such I am going for a Wigan win but a closer one than usual at Wigan 36 Hull KR 18