Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Wigan face League Leaders Huddersfield

After the defeat to Leeds in Friday, Wigan face a trip to table toppers Huddersfield in week one of the play-offs. 

The two sides met last month in a game that saw Wigan's hopes of retaining the League Leaders Shield all but end and put the Giants in pole position for their first title in 81 years. 

Due to both finishing in the top four, they know a loss is not the end of their chances with the week two eliminator giving them one final chance to qualify for the week three semis which for Wigan could see an eliminator next week against fierce rivals St Helens.

Wigan welcome back Gil Dudson but  Darrell Goulding and Sean O'Loughlin miss out due to injury while Huddersfield name a near unchanged team from the sides last meeting with Ben Blackmore named in the 19.

Huddersfield - Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Lawrence, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Ferguson,Blackmore, Wood.

Wigan - Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Andy Powell, Sam Powell, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson.

Form into the play-offs can sometimes be irrelevant as Leeds have shown in recent years by finishing fifth and going on to win the Grand Final and after being humbled last month by Huddersfield, Wigan need a win to silence the doubters and I think given the extra few days preparation they may get it. 
So I am going for Hudds 24 Wigan 30.