|For me this a match where Wigan can lay down their intentions for the
end of season play offs. Win and we are third in the table. OK we'll have
been helped by points deductions for breaches of the Salary Cap but we'll
To get third would be a massive achievement in this season of
restructuring and will just go to show how well the youngsters have blended
in to the side.
At the beginning of the season there was an imbalance with too much
youth and not enough experience.
As the season has progressed the youngsters are gaining more and more
experience which is balancing the scales out. Don't get me wrong they've
still a lot to learn but they are not far of a side that can compete for
Last time we played Hull was at the beginning of April. We traveled to
the new Kingston Communications Stadium in good numbers on a Friday Night
but witnessed a very poor performance.
Coach Stuart Raper reckons that match was the turning point in our
He said: "I know we lost at Hull earlier in the year and
I know we were well beaten that night.
"But the atmosphere in the dressing room after the game
was very positive.
"We all had a good heart to heart to heart talk at the
end of it all, and the attitude was right.
"I believe we took a lot out of that match and that it
was a turning point for the club."
Our only score in that 20-4 loss was an opportunistic try
from Gareth Hock. Apart from that we never looked like scoring.
I remember our kicking game was especially poor. We only had
one outlet in Adrian Lam and every kick was straight down the defenders
Our kicking game must be better on Friday. At least in this
one we have Andy Farrell and Nick Graham who can give us options other than
Raper has again made a few tactical
changes for this game.
Martin Aspinwall switches to the wing, Sean O'Loughlin to centre, Nick
Graham to Stand Off and Danny Tickle returns to the substitutes bench.
Raper says: "I have shown faith with the youngsters again after
the win at St.Helens last week, I am looking for Luke to play a pivotal part
off the bench again."
Hull come to the JJB still without key players like former Warrior Tony
Smith, captain Jason Smith and Matt Crowther.
But they are still a formidable side with the likes of Richard Horne and
I wouldn't be surprised if this one comes down to a drop goal. Most of
our matches have been close this year so I don't see why this should be any
Opposition One to Watch
Former Saint Steve Prescott is by far
Super League's top points scorer.
He's scored 11 tries and 59 goals in 13 appearances this season.
Earlier this week he signed a new contract that will keep him at Hull