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2003 Match Preview: Warrington (H)
Wigan v Warrington Preview Posted on Thursday, May 15 2003 @ 17:43:22 BST by Bilko
Warriors Coach Stuart Raper has announced the team for Friday's home Super League clash with Warrington Wolves at the JJB Stadium.

The squad includes Captain Andy Farrell who has been out since the opening game at Castleford back in February due to a knee injury, also returning are Mick Cassidy after a hand injury and Ricky Bibey after a back problem.


 
Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Tetley's Super League VIII Round 10
Friday 16th May 2003. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium
Match Introduction
Warrington visit the JJB this Friday looking to win in Wigan for the first time ever since Super League began in 1996.

In eight previous summer visits they've never looked close to winning at either Central Park or the JJB Stadium.

This year however is probably their best ever chance but unlucky for them they come up against a Wigan side that sees it's pack get a massive boost.

Andy Farrell, Ricky Bibey and Mick Cassidy all return for the match.

On the return of the three to the squad Stuart Raper said:

"We are delighted to have Faz, Cass and Rick back in the squad for Friday's game, it's a boost for everyone to have such quality players back in contention .It has been a frustrating time particularly for Andy to miss the first part of the season , it's the longest he has ever had out of the game so it will be good for him and a bonus to the team. Faz is champing at the bit to be apart of what we have done in the last six weeks."

Meanwhile Andy Farrell admitted he couldn't wait to return:

"This has been the longest in my career I have been sidelined, so it's not been the best of times, the last few weeks things have been getting gradually better and I have been training for the first time with the team this week and I am back on Friday. The longest I have been out before is three weeks, I think I have been very hard to live with this last three months. In the middle of it you just can't see an end to it and that's the most frustrating thing ,but I have been good this week with a ball back in my hands again"

"It was only a basic operation, I think the operation only lasted fifteen minutes but it's what happens in the aftermath, there was a fine line between trying to get the fluid down and getting the rehab in I needed so it was the case of doing a weeks training and a week off to try and get rid of the fluid. I have gradually battled through that and am delighted to be back now."

Asked how he will feel when he runs out against The Wolves, Andy added:

"It's not the game I am worried about as such, it's the reaction of the knee afterwards, I will be checking my leg all the time to see if the fluid has come back, it's just a natural thing, I will be glad to get the game under my belt. "Warrington are a team in top form and are doing very well under Paul Cullen, there is a lot of fire within their team and we know we need to be in our top form, it will definitely test me out."

The Wolves certainly can't perform any worse than when they visited the JJB last season.

Just a week before the cup final they came and put in a woeful performance losing to us 58-4.

On that night we were without the likes on Terry O'Connor, Brett Dallas, David Furner, Gary Connolly and Adrian Lam but still had enough to comprehensively defeat them.

However this year they are a much better outfit under Paul Cullen. He's got them playing with pride in the shirt. The 34-6 Cheshire derby victory over Widnes two weeks ago was evidence of that.

Warrington's defeats this season have come against Bradford (twice), Leeds, St Helens and Hull FC who, if you need telling, are the current top four.

A Wire fan jokingly came on the message board and said "we only get beat by big teams".

Well whilst I don't think these youngsters can be classed as a "big team" yet we are not far off! We'll get there again. Just a matter of patience and time. This game could go a long way to showing that.

This is the second of three matches that will shape the rest of our season. We won the first now lets progress and make it two out of two. No doubt the return of Faz will boost our troops.

It would be nice to get a comfortable win. I've forgot what one of those feels like. Can't see it though. Warrington will provide tough opposition. One bonus is that if it's close Faz will be able to kick a drop goal unlike Lammy who seems to think you can get one point by kicking it below the cross bar! lol. Still I fancy us for a close victory.

Opposition Ones to Watch

Graham Appo

I remember last year we sarcastically chanted his name when he scored a try against us during a 40-16 win at Wilderspool last August.

Why we did it? I really haven't a clue. Must have been the mixture of beer and sun on that particular bank holiday afternoon.

Anyway Appo, the former Canberra, Eastern Suburbs and North Queensland winger, is Warrington's top try scorer this season with seven.

The primoseandblue.com player profile describes him as a player that can show "touches of greatness but often inconsistent. On his day Appo can be a real match winner and the Wolves faithful will be hopeful of much from the player in ’03".

Seven tries is a good return. He'll be one we'll need to stop on Friday.

SQUAD NUMBER: 5
Team News
Wigan Warrington
Wigan welcome back skipper Andy Farrell from a three-month absence with a knee injury. Australian newcomer Nick Graham moves to stand-off to make way for the loose forward and Paul Johnson switches to the second row. Prop Ricky Bibey and second rower Mick Cassidy are also back after injury - they go onto the bench - and Shaun Briscoe takes over at full-back from the sidelined Kris Radlinski. Warrington coach Paul Cullen makes one change to the side that won at Halifax, recalling French second rower Jerome Guisset from international duty. Ben Westwood (Broken Leg) and Kevin Crouthers (hamstring) are both missing.
 
Team Sheets
Wigan Team
Shaun Briscoe, Brian Carney, Martin Aspinwall, David Hodgson, Jamie Ainscough, Nick Graham, Adrian Lam, Terry O' Connor, Terry Newton, Danny Sculthorpe, Paul Johnson, Danny Tickle, Andy Farrell (C).
Subs: Mick Cassidy, Ricky Bibey, Gareth Hock, Mark Smith
Warrington Team
Lee Penny, Rob Smyth, Brent Grose, Ian Sibbit, Graham Appo, Lee Briers (C), Nat Wood, Nick Fozzard, Jon Clarke, Mark Hilton, Darren Burns, Mike Wainwright, Sid Domic
Subs (four from): Mark Gleeson, Paul Wood, Paul Noone, Warren Stevens, Jerome Guisset
Match Referee
Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury)
Pre Match Quotes
Wigan Warrington
"Warrington are a team in top form and are doing very well under Paul Cullen, there is a lot of fire within their team and we know we need to be in our top form, it will definitely test me out." Returning Captain Andy Farrell
"I rate them very highly. I have already worked with most on the England A Tour to Fiji and Tonga last season and was then greatly impressed by their professionalism." Warrington coach Paul Cullen talking about the youngsters coming through at Wigan.
Current League Positions
  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts Form
5 Warrington Wolves 9 5 0 4 206 197 +9 10 W2
6 Wigan Warriors 9 4 1 4 189 202 -13 9 U2
Opposition Form (Last 6) - Warrington Wolves
Date Opposition Competition Result

Score

Match Report
09/05/03 Halifax (A) SL8 Round 9 Won 38-8 Click Here
03/05/03 Widnes (H) SL8 Round 8 Won 34-6 Click Here
21/04/03 St Helens (A) SL8 Round 7 Lost 6-56 Click Here
18/04/03 Wakefield (H) SL8 Round 6 Won 35-20 Click Here
06/04/03 Bradford (A) SL8 Round 5 Lost 8-32 Click Here
30/03/03 Hull FC (H) SL8 Round 4 Lost 14-27 Click Here

Wigan Form (Last 6 all comps most recent game first): WDLWLL

Super League 8 Stats
Top Try Scorers
Wigan:
David Hodgson & Jamie Ainscough 4
Warrington: Graham Appo 7

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 19
Warrington: Lee Briers 27

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Danny Tickle 50
Warrington: Lee Briers 56
Previous Super League Meetings in Wigan
Date

Result

Match Report

Att

8th Apr 1996 Wigan 42 Warrington 12 No Report

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13th Aug 1997 Wigan 32 Warrington 16 Click Here

6076

21st June 1998 Wigan 56 Warrington 8 Click Here

10149

11th Apr 1999 Wigan 24 Warrington 10 Click Here

9845

16th July 2000 Wigan 26 Warrington 4 Click Here

8225

2nd Mar 2001 Wigan 34 Warrington 6 Click Here

11138

17th Aug 2001 Wigan 28 Warrington 12 Click Here

9652

19th Apr 2002 Wigan 58 Warrington 4 Click Here

10240

SL Record at JJB/Central Park: Wigan 8 Warrington 0
Overall Super League Record: Wigan 14 Warrington 2 (Draws 1)

Matchday Weather

From bbci.

heavy rain Heavy Rain but quite mild.
Wind: 9mph from the South.
Temps: Max: 17°C Low: 9°C

Ticket & Ground Details
North Stand (Visitors): Adults: £12.00 Under 18 yrs: £8.00 Senior Citizens: £8.00
West Stand: Adults: £16.00 No Concessions.
East Stand: Adults: £14.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £10
South Stand: Adults: £12.00 Concessions/Juniors/OAP's: £8.00
Click for JJB Stadium Ground Guide.
Media Coverage
TV: No TV Coverage.
Radio: BBC GMR (95.1FM) and BBC Radio Merseyside (1485mw only) will both have commentary of the match from 8pm on Friday Night.
Internet: No Internet Coverage.
Opposition Views
Other Links
Official Website
Wolves Forum
Prediction
Wigan 22 Warrington 18
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