Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wigan Seek Revenge Over Leeds

Wigan host Leeds on Friday in the play-off semi final with a place in the 2013 Grand Final at stake in what will be an emotional night at the DW.

Wigan will bid farewell to Lee Mossop, Chris Tuson and legends Pat Richards and Sam Tomkins with all raring to go out with a Grand Final win next week. Wigan are especially fired up for the game with last year's exit still haunting many people after a Sinfield penalty in the final seconds saw Leeds secure a 13-12 win over then League Leaders Wigan who went on to win the Grand Final against Warrington.

Leeds will be looking for a third consecutive Grand Final victory to join their wins over St Helens and Warrington (2011/2012) and may face a new opponent should League Leaders Huddersfield overcome Warrington tonight.

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

Leeds - Zak Hardaker, Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield (c), Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe.

As with the league meeting earlier in the month, it will be a close game but Wigan need the win more having not reached the Grand Final since 2010 so I think them having the last week off will prove important and as such predict Wigan 24 Leeds 22.