Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wigan v Hull - The Rematch

Friday night sees the Challenge Cup finalists face each other for the second time in a week as Hull look for revenge for the nilling they suffered as Wigan were victorious at Wembley on Saturday.

Wigan are looking to go unbeaten over three games against Hull this year which began with a tight encounter in April which Wigan won 20-28 thanks to a succession of penalties by Pat Richards late on. Hull will be looking to prevent that and claim a win that would give them momentum going into the final round and the playoffs.

Due to the celebrations and homecoming parade by Wigan on Monday, it was always likely that a 'weakened' side would be named for the league game and and that is why the likes of Richards, Charnley, Farrell, Tomkins and McIlorum are rested with Goulding and O'Loughlin are injured.

This means a debut spot the 19 for Dom Manfredi who has excelled for the under 19's while the other 18 all have some experience with Dudson, Flower, Gelling, Thornley, Tuson and Tomkins all having played over half of the league games this season.

Hull include Josh Bowden, Dean Hadley, Paul Johnson and Liam Kent who replace the injured Gareth Ellis, Andy Lynch and Mark O’Meley, while former New Zealand hooker Aaron Heremaia is suspended after taking an Early Guilty Plea to a dangerous tackle in the Wembley defeat.

Wigan- Joe Burgess, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, James Greenwood, Jack Hughes, Ryan Hampshire, Rhodri Lloyd, Dominic Manfredi, Andy Powell, Sam Powell, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Lewis Tierney, Logan Tomkins, Chris Tuson, Tom Spencer, George Williams.

Hull - Briscoe, Bowden, Crookes, Crooks, Green, Hadley, Horne, Holdsworth, Houghton, Johnson, Kent, Miller, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman

If this game had been at a different time of the season, the squad for Wigan would be stronger but as the league means nothing anymore compare to the playoffs, Wigan have rested and can go as far as playing a completely different 13 from Saturday and if so I would go for a win for Hull as the quest for revenge will prove to be the main factor. Wigan 24 Hull 28. If Wigan play the experienced lads in the 19 then would go for Wigan 24 Hull 20.