|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
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
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
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
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
I remember last year we
sarcastically chanted his name when he scored a try against us
40-16 win at Wilderspool last
Why we did it? I really haven't a clue. Must have been the
mixture of beer and sun on that particular bank holiday
Anyway Appo, the former Canberra, Eastern Suburbs and North
Queensland winger, is Warrington's top try scorer this season
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
SQUAD NUMBER: 5