|Sunday sees a return to
Super League action for Wigan as they travel to Belle Vue for a
match against the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Ahead of this game Stuart
Raper said in his pre match press call that he will be "swapping
a few players around, including giving Sean (O'Loughlin) a run at
It seems Raper has finally
lost patience with O'Neill who has for me been doing very little at
Stand Off. He played off the bench against Swinton last week and is
expected to do so again this Sunday so is that a sign of him being
out of favour?
Locky will move to Stand
Off with Paul Johnson expected to play Loose Forward. Wouldn't be
surprised to see Gareth Hock get a run out in that position as well
during the afternoon.
During the winter
Wakefield have completely re-arranged their playing squad with
eleven players leaving and ten coming in.
They signed three
Australian front rowers, Michael Korkidas, Dallas Hood and Clinton
O'Brien, who will beef up their pack whilst winger Jon Wells is an
excellent signing from Castleford.
Over the years Wakefield
has been a very happy hunting ground for the Warriors. We've visited
Wakefield five times since they entered Super League in 1999 and won
the lot so you'd expect a Wigan win on Sunday.
But when you've had an
inconsistent start to a season the last place you want to visit is
Despite be threatened with
relegation in all of their four super league campaigns to date they
do manage to compete with the big sides especially in there our back
Back in 1999 they beat
Saints 23-22 at home and then repeated the feat by beating them
32-16 in 2000.
In 2001 they beat Bradford
at Belle Vue, 16-12, just a month after losing to them 38-0 in the
Cup. Later in that year Wigan themselves just managed to avoid a
shock defeat when Andy Farrell and Paul Johnson scored late tries to
spare our blushes in a 29-23 win.
Last year we scraped a
victory again. Wakefield led after an hour but three tries in the
last 15 minutes gave us an 30-14 win. It was touch and go in that
match as it was just two weeks a go when they gave Bradford a fright
before being beaten in front of 20,000 fans at Odsal.
So despite having a 100%
winning record against the Wildcats in Super League we cannot
underestimate them. They can compete, especially at home. They may
be minnows in Super League but they go down fighting!
We've got to hit them from
the off or they could shock us!
Opposition One to
Centre Gareth Ellis scored twice against us
in the corresponding fixture last year so we need to avoid a
repeat of that. He scored 7 tries in total last season in 23
He's started this season in hot form scoring 4 tries in 4
appearances so far.
SQUAD NUMBER: 3