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Match Preview: Harlequins (H) - 13th May 2011 at DW Stadium.
Posted by Bilko on May 12 2011 - 14:17

Wigan Warriors v Harlequins - Engage Super League XVI Round 14.
Friday 13th May 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

Well that was a quiet fans forum on Tuesday wasn't it? Must admit I've found the previous ones total damp squibs to be honest, but in this one we got more info from Ian Lenegan in 90 minutes than we would have got in 90 years from Maurice Lindsay.

The biggest bone of contention was the announcement of a five year contract for Gareth Hock. Have to admit, it certainly raised my eyebrows, and quite a lot of opposition fans have been condemning the length of contract to a "drug cheat". Personally, I can see were they are coming from but at the end of the day it is our gamble, so why should they care?

Add the Hock deal together with recently announced new deals for Paul Prescott and Pat Richards and we now have the bulk of a title holding squad signed up to at least 2013, a lot of them till 2015.

That is a great position to be in with Warrington having to somehow replace the ageing Lee Briers, Adrian Morley, Brett Hodgson and possibly Matt King sooner rather than later. St Helens are going to be severely dented with the loss of Chuckie Finster to Canterbury and Kyle Eastmond to Rugby Union, whilst Leeds also have ageing stars to replace like Keith Senior, Danny Buderus and Jamie Peacock.

Granted Wigan will also have to replace Stuart Fielden, Andy Coley, George Carmont and Paul Deacon soon but having a three years in a row Grand Final winning Under 20s  side, I think, leaves us just that step ahead of the rest. Time will tell but I'm very excited going forward.

On the field, Wigan look to rack up a sixth consecutive victory on Friday against Harlequins. It's our best run of form since a seven in a row win streak wrapped around the Easter period last year. But who ended that run? Yes it was Harlequins - two league games and a cup tie after Good Friday. That's exactly the same scenario this year would you believe.

Big difference this time though. Last year we really were flagging after the Easter period. We had toiled to a win at Salford, defended terribly in winning a cup tie at Sheffield and played Harlequins with Amos Roberts, Martin Gleeson, Thomas Leuluai, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Paul Deacon and Darrell Goulding all injured. Not really the case this year. We are pretty full strength and looking in all round good nick.

For the Londoners, they could not be in worse form. They haven't won in Super League since the weekend we played Hull at home in March - that's a run of taking just 1 point from a possible 16 points since then. However, Quins had only won one league match all season when they won at Wigan last year, so form can sometimes count for little.

Their early season form was pretty admirable (winning away at Saints and Leeds) but one thing is constant with Harlequins all season. They can score pretty well in attack but the defence is so poor it is counting for little. Look at their results in recent times - 30-40, 22-24, 32-52, 26-26, 30-37, 24-37 and 16-34. That's six times they've scored over 20 points, you really should be picking up wins doing that.

I mean overall this season they have a better attack than Catalan, the league's current in form side, but since they last won at St Helens in March they've conceded a massive average of 41.5 points per match. Even if you take away the 82 conceded at Warrington that's still 35.7 points conceded per match. Dire stuff and perhaps tells you that coach Rob Powell, despite his early season success, is way out of his depth?

It also tells you that really Wigan should be absolutely pumping Harlequins. Get them blown off the park early and let's rack up a massive win. Last year's home loss to Quins set us off on a poor run of home form for the rest of that year. What we need now is a big win here and hopefully that can catapult us to making the DW a fortress for the rest of the year. Having already played Warrington and Saints here, it really should be an achievable target. So let's get the cleaners put through Harlequins and lay down a massive marker!!!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l (Unchanged)
OUT:l (Unchanged)
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, Jack Hughes.

Harlequins
IN:l Chris Bailey, Lee Mitchell, Karl Pryce
OUT:l Lamont Bryan, David Howell, David Sargison
Full 19: Jamie O'Callaghan, Tony Clubb, Chris Melling, Luke Gale, Chad Randall, Karl Temata, Andy Ellis, Oliver Wilkes, Nick Koupartisas, Chris Bailey, Luke Ambler, Mike Burnett, Danny Ward, Dave Williams, Ben Bolger, Olsi Krasniqi, Mark Calderwood, Karl Pryce, Lee Mitchell.

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 April 2010

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 7 and Lost 1 from 8 appointments.
This Season: Won 2 and Lost 1 from 3 appointments.

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
4th Wigan Warriors 12 8 2 2 312 209 +103 18
10th Harlequins 13 4 1 8 290 414 -124 9

Super League Team Stats - Averages per Game

- Wigan Quins League Best League Worst
Attack Points per Game 26pts

22.3pts

Warrington 35.1pts Wakefield 18.1pts
Defence Pts Agst per Game 17.4pts

31.8pts

Hudds'field 15.4pts Crusaders 32.9pts
Metres Made per Game 1372m

1313m

St Helens 1532m Hull KR 1185m
Ball Carries per Game 212

201

St Helens 236.7 Crusaders 186.9
Av.Metres per Ball Carry 6.48m

6.54m

Hudds'field 6.79m Salford 5.90m
Tackle Busts per Game 25

20

Hudds'field 30.1 Wakefield 17.8
Clean Breaks per Game 5.5

3.3

Huddersfield 6 Wakefield 2.9
Offloads per Game 8.4

9.6

Leeds 15.5 Hull KR 7.6
Attacking Kicks per Game 10.9

10.2

Hull FC 13 Hull KR 9.6
Kicks in Gen Play per Game 20.3

17.7

Wakefield 22.3 Leeds 16.2
Dummy Half Runs per Game 42.6

29.8

St Helens 49.6 Hull KR 22.6
Tackles per Game 339.8

314.4

Wigan 339.8 Warrington 284.2
Marker Tackles per Game 52.5

42.7

Wigan 52.5 Leeds 37.9
Errors per Game 11.7

12.3

Castleford 10.5

Warrington 15.6
Penalties Against per Game 7.2

6.8

St Helens 4.9 Crusaders 9.4

Individual Player Stats

- Wigan Harlequins League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 10

Luke Dorn 8

Kirk Yeaman 14
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 22

Luke Gale 43

Brett Hodgson 63
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 60

Luke Gale 110

Brett Hodgson 154
Top Try Assister Carmont/O'Loughlin 5

Luke Gale 8

(3 Players) 15
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 1786m

Luke Dorn 1294m

James Roby 2693m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 229

Chad Randall 215

James Roby 496
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 65

Karl Pryce 33

Sam Tomkins 65
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 16

(3 Players) 6

(2 Players) 16
Top Offloader George Carmont 16

Chris Bailey 32

David Faiumu 37
Top Attacking Kicker Thomas Leuluai 32

Luke Gale 58

Danny Brough 96
Top General Kicker Sam Tomkins 74

Luke Gale 118

Danny Brough 165
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 161

Andy Ellis 170

James Roby 416
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 394

Andy Ellis 453

C.Fitzgibbon 569
Top Marker Tackler Liam Farrell 68

Andy Ellis 81

C.Fitzgibbon 96
Worst Miss Tackler Mike McIlorum 24

Luke Gale 36

Stephen Wild 48
Most Errors Josh Charnley 16

L.Gale/C.Melling 20

Marc Herbert 21
Most Pens Conceded Sean O'Loughlin 13

Chris Bailey 14

Michael Witt 17

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 34 Wigan 22 Wins Harlequins 10 Wins 2 Draws
At Wigan Played 16 Wigan 10 Wins Harlequins 5 Wins 1 Draw
*Includes Record Between 1996 and 2005 as London Broncos

Super League Form Table - Last Six League Matches Only

- Team W D L F A Diff Sequence (Most Recent on Left) Pts
1 Catalan Dragons 5 1 0 155 108 +47 11
2 St Helens 4 1 1 190 112 +78 9
3 Wigan Warriors 4 1 1 180 123 +57 9
4 Huddersfield Giants 4 0 2 171 93 +78 8
5 Leeds Rhinos 3 1 2 168 142 +26 7
6 Hull FC 3 1 2 146 124 +22 7
7 Warrington Wolves 3 0 3 222 95 +127 6
8 Wakefield Wildcats 3 0 3 122 192 -70 6
9 Castleford Tigers 2 1 3 148 166 +18 5
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 4 149 176 -27 4
11 Salford City Reds 2 0 4 142 212 -70 4
12 Crusaders 2 0 4 104 196 -92 4
13 Bradford Bulls 1 1 5 108 210 -102 3
14 Harlequins 0 1 5 150 210 -60 1

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 5 Lost 1

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
8th May Barrow (H) Challenge Cup R4 Won 52-00
1st May Crusaders (A) SL 16 Round 13 Won 48-16
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

Wigan 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 4: Won 2 and Lost 2 (Ranked: 7th of 14) - 50% Win Rate.

Harlequins Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 1, Drawn 1 Lost 4

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
6th May Gateshead (A) Challenge Cup R4 Won 70-00
30th April Salford (H) SL 16 Round 13 Lost 16-34
25th April Hull KR (A) SL 16 Round 12 Lost 24-37
22nd April Catalan (H) SL 16 Round 11 Lost 30-37
15th April Castleford (H) SL 16 Round 10 Draw 26-26
10th April Wakefield (A) SL 16 Round 9 Lost 32-52

Harlequins 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 7: Won 3 and Lost 4 (Ranked: Fifth Worst in League) - 42.8% Win Rate.

Last Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
23rd Apr 2010 Wigan Warriors 26 Harlequins 38 Click Here
3rd July 2009 Wigan Warriors 40 Harlequins 12 Click Here
3rd July 2008 Wigan Warriors 38 Harlequins 20 Click Here
8th June 2007 Wigan 25 Harlequins 06 (Challenge Cup) Click Here
9th Mar 2007 Wigan Warriors 16 Harlequins 12 Click Here
17th Apr 2006 Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins 30 Click Here

Hot Streaks

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

Cold Streaks

  • .Jeff Lima has never scored in 11 Wigan appearances so far.

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
West Stand Gold £22 £16
West Stand Blue £21 £15
East Stand Silver £20 £14
East Stand Red £19 £13
South Stand £18 £12
North Stand (Visitors) £18 £12

Ticket Hotline: 0871 66 33 552
Click Here for Stadium Seating Map

UK TV Coverage

Try Highlights Sunday 4:20pm -
Try Highlights Sunday 9:30pm -
Try Highlights Monday 10:30pm -

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - On air from 7:00pm with the pre match "Ger'rum On Side" show followed by full match uninterrupted commentary from Graham Lovett and Mick Cassidy.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Will be the main commentary match with Trevor Hunt Live at DW Stadium. Will also have in game updates from Salford v Hull FC and Warrington v Castleford at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 18 Points.

Weather Forecast

Possible light rain showers. Quite cool compared to recent weather.

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