|Results have proven that Halifax just aren't good enough for
Super League this year.
They haven't won since the opening day of the season, way back on
February 23rd. Come Sunday that will be 168 days since they last
From then they've been hammered most weeks and had their only two
points deducted for breaching the 2002 salary cap.
It's not hard to see why they are struggling. During the last
year and a half they've had to release players such as Jamie Bloem,
Robbie Beckett, Jamie Thackray, Jason Flowers, Andrew Dunemann,
Gavin Clinch, Brett Goldspink, Jim Gannon, Colum Halpenny, Shayne
McMenemy and Danny Tickle.
That's almost a whole team gone, replaced by players who are
clearly not up to the task. They are in real danger of finishing the
season with zero points which would be pretty embarrassing for any
Still knowing that they've been all but relegated for a while now
will probably turn out to a blessing in disguise. They will be able
to prepare financially for the drop down to National League 1 which
will be vital for the future of the club.
For Wigan the game is basically going to be a precession of
tries. Halifax will do their best but they just haven't got the
defence to cope with any Super League side, let alone a side third
in the table.
Adrian Lam is missing, which is a blow, but this is a perfect
match to start Luke Robinson who will be a natural replacement for
Lam when he decides to retire.
Those who went to Warrington last week saw Robbo take control of
the game during the final quarter. That was one of the main reasons
we were able to come back and nick the two points.
Their are also many other injury doubts in the form of Terry
O'Connor, Paul Johnson, Nick Graham and Mick Cassidy. Well coach
Mike Gregory is saying that they are injured but I reckon they are
being saved for the big matches coming up against Leeds and
However Danny Sculthorpe does return which is great news. The
prop forward trio of Scully, O'Connor and Craig Smith have all been
outstanding this year and one of them should be our player of the
year this season. They have all showed the young kids how it should
be done and backed up by old man Quentin Pongia, they will play a
vital role in our play off campaign later in the year.
Shaun Briscoe also makes a welcome return. Dave Hodgson lived up
to his "dodgy" nickname last week with a bit of a mare at full back,
fumbling a kick which led to a try which nearly cost us the match.
So to have Briscoe back will stop our hearts pounding a little when
the ball is high in the air.
Opposition One to
This player has scored almost 100 points more than any other
Halifax player this season.
He is the clubs top try scorer, top goal kicker and top points
scorer this year with a total of 118 points in 19 appearances.
SQUAD NUMBER: 20