|The return of Terry
O'Connor, Terry Newton, Brian Carney and Mick Cassidy for this match
is a massive boost. Especially O'Connor and Cassidy who's experience
will benefit the younger squad members in what could be a very tight
game against London.
I say could be tight because
who knows what to expect from the Broncos?
In Super League Round 2
they put in a very creditable performance to win at the new Kingston
Communications Stadium against Hull 10-4. On that night they
produced a gritty defensive display and took their chances when they
arose to ground out the victory. Broncos coach Tony Rea said on that
night that he was "very pleased". "It's testament to the character
of the players how they handled that one." he said.
But just a fortnight after
that great win, last Saturday they produced a woeful performance at
home to Warrington. After this loss Rea blasted his sides "lack of
enthusiasm" and said the performance was "probably as bad as it
How on earth you can go
from a "very pleasing" win one game to "as bad as it gets" the next
match I don't know. But this highlights London's major problem. They
lack again kind of consistency and that's why more often than not
they fail to make it into the play offs.
Still if they play to
their full potential this could be a very tight game. They like to
come away from home and play defensive as proved against Hull three
weeks a go and when they visited the JJB last August.
On that occasion we
extended an unbeaten run to 11 matches with a tough 19-12 win which
was sealed by a try from Stuart Jones, who has since moved to St
Helens, and an Adrian Lam drop goal.
But last May the Broncos came to the JJB and we won comfortably
42-10. Those two games again highlight their lack of consistency.
Over the summer era Wigan
have a 7-0 record against the Broncos on home soil with just one
draw which proved to be a costly one.
That draw was back in June
1996 when Terry Matterson scored a late penalty to pinch an unlikely
point which many say cost us the Super League title that season.
Friday Night's match will
see Barnsley referee Ronnie Laughton take charge of his first Wigan
game. Laughton has been newly appointed to the Super League this
year, his first match being Leeds v Huddersfield last weekend. I
wonder if we will be grumbling about him or praising him in the
weeks and months to come?
Opposition One to
Had a bit of a nightmare last week
against Warrington. He got into some great positions, cutting
open the Wolves defence many times, but the final pass from him
was lacking on the night. But if he can time his passes more
accurately this week, he'll give the Wigan defence all sorts of
Chris was part of Huddersfield's NFP Grand Final winning side
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