|Wigan will be somehow looking to stop the Bradford Bulls
juggernaut when they visit the JJB for the second time this season
on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Bulls are in red hot form, having won eight in a row since
losing 35-0 at home to St Helens in June.
Victory for them will all but secure the minor premiership
following Leeds' defeat to Castleford on Friday.
That defeat may give the Warriors a chance to nick second spot
but they can't afford defeat here.
For me this is an ideal opportunity for us to lay down our marker
ahead of the play offs with a good victory.
beaten them before this season, and
very comfortably at that, so we know what to do.
Looking back to that 35-22 win at Odsal in June the key was a
good start. Two tries in the first eleven minutes laid the
foundations for the win.
It will be important to get a similar start this time round if we
are to halt the Bulls charge.
Wigan are expected to welcome back both Kris Radlinski and Adrian
Lam for this clash.
Personally, and I never thought I'd ever say this but, I wouldn't
bring Radlinski straight back into the starting line up. Briscoe has
been doing an excellent job and I'd leave him in there with Rads on
To bring the ginger wonder straight back in after a three and a
half month lay off would be a bit of a gamble. His last game
incidentally was back on May 10th, a 22-18 victory away at Widnes.
Lam's return brings obvious benefit's. His three drop goals were
crucial in the last encounter between the sides and we'll need a
similar performance from him to ensure success.
Like Lam, Andy Farrell is rated 50-50 but both should play.
The major worries for Bradford are Leon Pryce and Paul Deacon who
both missed their game with Hull last week.
It would be a bonus for us if Deacon is missing because at one
stage last week they had James Lowes kicking goals and he was
For me the key to victory is luck, and lots of it. But with Steve
Ganson as referee I can't see us getting much of it.
Lets hope we get a bumper crowd. Enjoy the game.
Opposition One to
Despite being dodgy in defence under the high ball his try
scoring record speaks for itself.
This season he has scored 19 tries in 22 Super League
He was on the score sheet when Bradford won 14-8 at the JJB
SQUAD NUMBER: 5