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Match Preview: Crusaders (A) - 1st May 2011 at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Posted by Bilko on April 29 2011 - 13:16

Crusaders v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XVI Round 13.
Sunday 1st May 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at Racecourse Ground, Wrexham.

Match Preview

If you look at the last six form table further down this page, Wigan still look to be way off the pace but three wins in a row have shown us signs that the Martin Gleeson and Michael Maguire leaving distractions are now behind us.

We still have a long way to go to reach last year's standards but I think we are starting to move towards that. Having a settled side, and the fixture list becoming easier, is certainly helping, but the biggest indicator of improvement is that our three-quarters have combined to cross the line for 10 tries in the last three matches compared to just 16 tries in the first nine games of the season.

That improvement you probably think is down simply to the return of one Pat Richards but not really because it was the right wing in which we were struggling and that has now started to motor since Joel Tomkins moved out there on a regular basis. He is showing signs of becoming a strong, powerful, classy centre.

Defensively we've been good all season, apart from the trio of games when we played Warrington, Leeds and Catalan, but last week was something else. The defensive display at Huddersfield was one thing but to keep Wakefield to nil in hot humid weather just three days after a massive derby against Saints in hot humid weather was an immense effort from the lads.

This week we make the short trip to Wrexham for a clash against Crusaders. I know they beat Huddersfield last week but I've got to be honest, I can only see a big Wigan win. They have class from the likes of Jarrod Sammut, Michael Witt and Clinton Schifcofske but the pack looks really poor to me, even more so with Richard Moore and Jordan James absent as well as experienced hooker Lincoln Withers.

So not much else to say on this one. Just get out there Wigan and rip them up. 28-0 after 20 minutes like last year would be just the ticket. Hope the sun is shining again like last year because a huge Wigan following looks to be in tow again - bring it on!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Dom Crosby
OUT:l Harrison Hansen
Full 19: Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby.

Crusaders
IN:l Adam Peek, Ben Flower
OUT:l Jordan James, Richard Moore
Full 19: Clinton Schifcofske, Gareth Thomas, Tony Martin, Stuart Reardon, Michael Witt, Jarrod Sammut, Ryan O'Hara, Mark Bryant, Hep Cahill, Jason Chan, Frank Winternstein, Adam Peek, Ben Flower, Rhys Hanbury, Lloyd White, Gil Dudson, Paul Johnson, Peter Lupton, Jordan Tansey.

Match Referee

James Child (Dewsbury) - Age 26
First Pro Game: Gateshead 54 Workington 6 - 17th April 2006
First Super League Game: Wakefield 30 Catalans 10 - 15th March 2009
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Crusaders 6 - 5th February 2010

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 6 and Lost 1 from 7 appointments.
This Season: Won 1 and Lost 1 from 2 appointments.

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
4th Wigan Warriors 11 7 2 2 264 193 +71 16
14th Crusaders 12 3 0 9 252 380 -128 2

Super League Team Stats - Averages per Game

- Wigan Crus League Best League Worst
Attack Points per Game 24pts

21pts

Warrington 33.2pts Wakefield 17.5pts
Defence Pts Agst per Game 17.5pts

31.6pts

Hudds'field 15.6pts Salford 33.8pts
Tries Scored per Game 4.36

3.75

Warrington 5.8 Wakefield 3
Tries Conceded per Game 3

5.5

Huddersfield 2.8 Salford 5.9
Metres Made per Game 1357m

1250m

St Helens 1532m Salford 1168m
Ball Carries per Game 211.2

188.2

St Helens 236.8 Hull KR 187.3
Av.Metres per Ball Carry 6.42m

6.64m

Hudds'field 6.76m Salford 5.81m
Tackle Busts per Game 25

21.1

Hudds'field 29.5 Wakefield 16.9
Clean Breaks per Game 5.3

4.1

St Helens 6 Wakefield 3
Offloads per Game 8.2

13

Leeds 15.5 Hull KR 7.5
Attacking Kicks per Game 10.9

10.7

Huddersfield 12.9 Leeds 9.8
Kicks in Gen Play per Game 20.9

17.8

Wakefield 22 Leeds 16
Dummy Half Runs per Game 42.5

34.2

St Helens 49.5 Hull KR 21.9
Tackles per Game 341.9

300

Wigan 341.9 Warrington 285
Marker Tackles per Game 52.8

43.9

Wigan 52.8 Leeds 38.6
Errors per Game 12

10.8

Castleford 10.2

Warrington 15.6
Penalties Against per Game 7.1

9.7

St Helens 4.9 Crusaders 9.7

Individual Player Stats

- Wigan Crusaders League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 8

Jarrod Sammut 7

(2 Players) 9
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 15

Clinton Schifcofske 33

(2 Players) 45
Top Points Scorer Charnley/Richards 42

Clinton Schifcofske 74

Brett Hodgson 114
Top Try Assister Carmont/O'Loughlin 5

Michael Witt 9

Rangi Chase 14
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 1558m

C.Schifcofske 1765m

James Roby 2454m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 207

CSchifcofske 239

James Roby 455
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 53

Jason Chan 32

Sam Tomkins 53
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 13

Stuart Reardon 6

J.McGillvray 16
Top Offloader George Carmont 14

C.Schifcofske 27

David Faiumu 34
Top Attacking Kicker Thomas Leuluai 31

Michael Witt 55

Danny Brough 88
Top General Kicker Sam Tomkins 71

Michael Witt 88

Danny Brough 153
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 146

Lincoln Withers 146

James Roby 380
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 369

Ryan O'Hara 325

C.Fitzgibbon 510
Top Marker Tackler Liam Farrell 62

Richard Moore 54

C.Fitzgibbon 84
Worst Miss Tackler Mike McIlorum 23

B.Flower/R.Moore 25

Stephen Wild 47
Most Errors Josh Charnley 15

(Unknown)

(4 Players) 19
Most Pens Conceded Ryan Hoffman 11

Michael Witt 17

Michael Witt 17

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 4 Wigan 3 Wins Crusaders 1 Win 0 Draws
At Crusaders Played 2 Wigan 1 Win Crusaders 1 Win 0 Draws
At Wrexham Played 1 Wigan 1 Win Crusaders 0 Wins 0 Draws

Super League Form Table - Last Six League Matches Only

- Team W D L F A Diff Sequence Pts
1 Huddersfield Giants 5 0 1 197 96 +101 10
2 St Helens 5 0 1 194 104 +90 10
3 Catalan Dragons 4 1 1 152 118 +34 9
4 Warrington Wolves 4 0 2 188 87 +101 8
5 Hull FC 4 0 2 162 130 +32 8
6 Castleford Tigers 3 1 2 198 134 +64 7
7 Leeds Rhinos 3 1 2 148 142 +8 7
8 Wigan Warriors 3 1 2 138 131 +7 7
9 Bradford Bulls 1 1 5 110 178 -68 3
10 Salford City Reds 2 0 4 130 206 -76 4
11 Wakefield Wildcats 2 0 4 102 196 -94 4
12 Crusaders 2 0 4 104 204 -100 4
13 Hull Kingston Rovers 1 0 5 141 188 -47 2
14 Harlequins 0 1 5 164 216 -52 1

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 3, Drawn 1 Lost 2

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
25th April Wakefield (A) SL 16 Round 12 Won 26-00
22nd April St Helens (H) SL 16 Round 11 Won 28-24
15th April Hull KR (A)

SL 16 Round 10

Won 28-16
8th April Catalan (H) SL 16 Round 9 Lost 28-47
1st April Leeds (A) SL 16 Round 8 Draw 22-22
25th March Warrington (H) SL 16 Round 7 Lost 06-24

Wigan 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 7: Won 5, Drawn 2, Lost 0 (Ranked: Best in League) - 85.7% Win Rate.

Crusaders Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 2 Lost 4

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
25th April Leeds (A) SL 16 Round 12 Lost 16-34
22nd April Huddersfield (H) SL 16 Round 11 Won 32-06
15th April Warrington (A) SL 16 Round 10 Lost 06-64
8th April St Helens (H) SL 16 Round 9 Lost 18-34
2nd April Salford (A) SL 16 Round 8 Won 16-10
27th March Castleford (A) SL 16 Round 7 Lost 16-56

Crusaders 2011 League Home Record
Played 4: Won 1 and Lost 3 (Ranked: Second Worst in League) - 25% Win Rate.

Previous Meetings in Wales

Date Opposition Report
22nd May 2010 Crusaders 26 Wigan Warriors 46 Click Here
13th June 2009 Celtic Crusaders 22 Wigan Warriors 16 Click Here

Hot Streaks

  • Josh Charnley has scored four tries in his last three matches.
  • Pat Richards has scored three tries in his last two matches.
  • Joel Tomkins has scored three tries in his last five matches.

Cold Streaks

  • Andy Coley has not scored in 21 matches since Catalan (A) - July 4th 2010.
  • Paul Deacon has not scored in 29 matches since Salford (A) - Apr 11th 2010.
  • Jeff Lima has never scored in 9 Wigan appearances so far.

Ticket Details

*Bit confusing over the ticket situation. It may well be cheaper than prices shown.

Turnstile Admission: Adults £20, Over 16s/Students £15, Under 16s £10

UK TV Coverage

Try Highlights Sunday 9:30pm -
Try Highlights Monday Midnight -

Radio Commentary

Wish FM (102.4) - On air from 2:50pm with uninterrupted full match commentary from Mark Wilson at the Racecourse Ground.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Are covering Manchester City v West Ham from 4:10pm so will have first half commentary on FM at best. However Full Match Commentary from them will be streamed online.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 16-18 Points.

Weather Forecast

More Sunshine but a breeze could take the gloss off it.

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