|Halifax can't buy a
win at the moment and look unlikely to get one this weekend.
They are currently on
an nine match losing streak and have never won in Wigan during
the summer era so the odds are highly stacked against them.
Their last win came
all the way back on the 23rd February when they beat London
26-22 at Griffin Park.
It's all gone downhill
for them since they finished a respectable 3rd back in 1998.
Major safety issues
meant they had to leave the dilapidated Thrum Hall ground. They
moved to a new stadium (The Shay) in partnership with Halifax
Football Club but financial problems have meant the stadium
They have also been
forced to sell their best players. Andrew Dunemann, Colum
Halpenny, Jim Gannon, Jamie Bloem, Jason Flowers, Gavin Clinch
and our very own Danny Tickle have all left during the past
twelve months and have had to have been mainly replaced by kids
who have been thrown in at the deep end.
Still the club should
be given credit for dropping the ridiculous "Blue Sox" nickname.
Talk about pointless nickname! I can only hope the management at
the Wigan "Warriors" take note and see sense themselves in
regards to these feeble monikers.
Still despite a very
poor season so far their is one shining light for Fax fans. Dane
Dorahy has been a revelation for them this season scoring 78
points including 6 tries and 28 goals. To put that in
perspective the rest of the team combined has scored just 74
Amazingly Dorahy only
joined the club on a trial basis. But after scoring 46 points
during his four match trial period he was quickly signed up.
Without his contribution I dread to think what state Fax would
be in right now.
Wigan were expected to
name a unchanged 17 for this match but Danny Sculthorpe is a
He has succumbed to a
number of injuries and needs to be rested so Ricky Bibey takes
his spot in the starting line-up with Kevin Brown brought in on
Coach Stuart Raper
said, "We were hoping for the first time to have the same
seventeen but after what Danny has been through he needed a
break and some time to heal. I am excited to give Kevin Brown
some Rugby League against Halifax. As regard to the other
injuries I am hopeful Sean O Loughlin and Craig Smith will
return next week and Brett Dallas who was misreported in coming
back on Friday has a good chance for the Leeds game."
Losing Scully is a bit
of a blow but coach Raper is right to be cautious with him. We
need him fit for our next four games which are against Leeds, St
Helens, Hull FC and Bradford respectively.
Craig Smith still
isn't fit so Terry O'Connor will have to play a big chunk of
this match, helped by Ricky Bibey who for me can more than hold
Other changes include
Paul Johnson moving back from 2nd row to centre to make way for
Mick Cassidy who will start after appearing from the bench last
Wouldn't be surprised
to see Mick Cassidy propping a bit at some stage during the 80
minutes as theirs no real prop support on the bench. We shall
With Johnson being
moved back to his recognised position, Martin Aspinwall is
dropped to the bench.
Bottom line ahead of
this one is that Wigan should win comfortably. We need to boost
our points difference which currently stands at -12.
A win will also see us
reach our highest league position of the season of 4th and until
Monday Night at least we'll be above St Helens, which will be
Opposition One to
He's my one to watch for the
reasons mentioned above.
The Australian is Halifax's top try scorer, top goal
kicker and top points scorer. You can't ask for more than
By the way Dane is the 25 year old son of our former
coach from the mid nineties John Dohary.
He normally plays Stand Off but can also play hooker.
SQUAD NUMBER: 20