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Match Preview: Wakefield (H) - 15th July 2011 at DW Stadium
Posted by Bilko on July 14 2011 - 02:37

Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - Engage Super League XVI Round 22.
Friday 15th July 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

Well it's two weeks since I last wrote a match preview and what a difference two weeks makes. Wigan have won three games, gone top of the table, signed Ben Cross, got Stuart Fielden back from injury, George Carmont has signed for that one more year, Hugh Hefner has had to come out and deny he is dead for a second time and that arse rag the News of the World is no more! So not much has happened then!

It's a massive boost for Wigan though to see both Stuart Fielden and Ben Cross added to our 19 man squad for this game. If we can get them both firing it'll be huge to have two pretty fresh bodies in the pack entering the crunch time of the season. Not forgetting Gareth Hock either!

The key is getting them firing. It possibly could be a gamble if coach Michael Maguire is aiming to play both Fielden and Cross against Warrington. Stu has only played 1 game this year, back in February, whilst Cross played his last game for Leeds on April 29th against Castleford.

On Friday though I think the opposition of Wakefield is perfect for just throwing both Fielden and Cross into the fire. The Wildcats seem to be resigned to losing their licence on July 26th and it's beginning to show on the field.

The fact squad numbers 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13 are all absent from this game say's a lot about Wakefield's current plight. Some are injured but others, like Ben Jeffries and Sam Obst, have been allowed to leave. That's surely another sign that the writing is on the wall for them?

The biggest highlight of how they are struggling is the fact that their top point scorer, Josh Griffin, has scored less in points (58) than Pat Richards has scored in single goals (65). The lack of attacking fire power is striking and that is why they have Super League's worst attack, an attack that is scoring an average of 1.4 points per game less than any other side. Add to that the fact they have the league's second worst defence and the writing is on the wall for them coming here to DW Stadium.

In their last away game they lost 70-14 at Hull KR. That's seventy points against them despite the fact Rovers missed half their conversions! The away game before that they became the first side to lose to Harlequins since March 12th! Not the kind of form you want when travelling to face the champions and league leaders.

To be honest it all points to a Wigan training session doesn't it? Coach Michael Maguire has already decided to rest both Thomas Leuluai and Ryan Hoffman ahead of the Warrington up tie and I think he could rest a couple of others as well if he wanted. Let's just get out there Wigan, get a good big win and then we can turn out attention to the massive cup tie against the Wire!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Stuart Fielden, Ben Cross
OUT:l Thomas Leuluai, Ryan Hoffman
Full 19: Sam Tomkins, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Stuart Fielden, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Stefan Marsh, Josh Charnley, Gareth Hock, Ben Cross

Wakefield
IN:l Jeremy Smith, Josh Veivers, Josh Griffin
OUT:l Matty Blaymire, Luke George, James Davey
Full 19: Aaron Murphy, Michael Korkidas, Julien Rinaldi, Paul King, Kevin Henderson, Tommy Lee, Motu Tony, Jeremy Smith, Paul Johnson, Chris Dean, Frankie Mariano, Josh Veivers, Liam Higgins, Matthew Wildie, Kieran Hyde, Josh Griffin, Greg Johnson, Kyle Amor, Semi Tadulala.

Match Referee

Thierry Alibert (France) - Age 40
First Pro Game: Northern Ford Premiership Match - 2001
First Super League Game: Leeds 46 Huddersfield 8 - 11th July 2008
First Wigan Game: Harlequins 18 Wigan 24 - 28th February 2009

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 10 and Lost 3 from 13 appointments.
This Season: Won 3 and Lost 2 from 5 appointments.

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 21 15 3 3 608 331 +277 33
13th Wakefield Wildcats 21 6 0 15 353 691 -338 8

Wigan v Leeds Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Wakefield League Leader
Top Try Scorer Sam Tomkins 16

C.Dean/L.George 7

Kris Welham 20
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 65

Josh Griffin 21

Brett Hodgson 107
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 182

Josh Griffin 58

Brett Hodgson 274
Top Try Assister Sam Tomkins 11

Tommy Lee 7

(2 Players) 22
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 3011m

Paul Johnson 2089m

James Roby 4119m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 401

Paul Johnson 348

James Roby 771
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 127

Frankie Mariano 31

Sam Tomkins 127
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 28

Chris Dean 8

Sam Tomkins 28
Top Offloader Carmont/J.T'kins 22

Kevin Henderson 21

Chris Bailey 52
Top Attacking Kicker Brett Finch 69

Tommy Lee 80

Rangi Chase 161
Top General Kicker Sam Tomkins 111

Tommy Lee 172

Rangi Chase 229
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 262

Julien Rinaldi 208

James Roby 643
Top Tackler Sean O'Loughlin 622

Julien Rinaldi 528

James Roby 846
Top Marker Tackler Liam Farrell 101

Julien Rinaldi 92

Danny Houghton 149
Worst Miss Tackler Mike McIlorum 33

Frankie Mariano 64

Elliott Whitehead 69
Most Errors Josh Charnley 28

Tommy Lee 23

Luke Gale 39
Most Pens Conceded Sean O'Loughlin 21

Frankie Mariano 15

Michael Witt 26

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 29 Wigan 23 Wins Wakefield 6 Wins 0 Draws
At Wigan Played 14 Wigan 12 Wins Wakefield 2 Wins 0 Draws

Super League Form Table - Last Six League Matches Only

- Team W D L F A Diff Sequence (Most Recent on Left) Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 5 1 0 190 90 +100 11
2 Warrington Wolves 5 0 1 229 112 +117 10
3 Catalan Dragons 5 0 1 197 124 +73 10
4 Hull FC 4 0 2 194 92 +102 8
5 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 0 2 189 124 +65 8
6 Salford City Reds 4 0 2 124 131 -7 8
7 St Helens 3 1 2 168 117 +51 7
8 Huddersfield Giants 3 0 3 146 137 +9 6
9 Bradford Bulls 2 1 3 136 138 -2 5
10 Castleford Tigers 2 1 3 125 188 -63 5
11 Leeds Rhinos 2 0 4 126 145 -19 4
12 Harlequins 1 0 5 86 188 -102 2
13 Wakefield Wildcats 1 0 5 85 252 -167 2
14 Crusaders 0 0 6 113 199 -86 0

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 5 Drawn 1 Lost 0

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
9th July Harlequins (A) SL 16 Round 21 Won 38-06
5th July Castleford (H) SL 16 Round 3 Won 28-16
1st July Leeds (H) SL 16 Round 20 Won 26-24
25th June Huddersfield (H)

SL 16 Round 19

Won 46-12
17th June St Helens (A) SL 16 Round 18 Won 32-10
12th June Castleford (A) SL 16 Round 17 Draw 22-22

Wigan 2011 League Home Record
Played 9: Won 7 and Lost 2 (Ranked: Second Best in League) - 77.7% Win Rate.

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

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
10th July St Helens (H) SL 16 Round 21 Lost 06-46
3rd July Hull KR (A) SL 16 Round 20 Lost 14-70
26th June Hull FC (H) SL 16 Round 19 Lost 18-52
18th June Harlequins (A) SL 16 Round 18 Lost 22-40
12th June Huddersfield (H) SL 16 Round 17 Won 13-10
3rd June Salford (A) SL 16 Round 16 Lost 12-34

Wakefield 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 11: Won 3 and Lost 8 (Ranked: 4th Worst in League) - 27.7% Win Rate.

Last Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
5th April 2010 Wigan Warriors 54 Wakefield Wildcats 14 Click Here
8th Feb 2009 Wigan Warriors 08 Wakefield Wildcats 12 Click Here
15th Aug 2008 Wigan Warriors 32 Wakefield Wildcats 22 Click Here
28th Mar 2008 Wigan Warriors 08 Wakefield Wildcats 04 Click Here
20th Apr 2007 Wigan Warriors 44 Wakefield Wildcats 10 Click Here
7th July 2006 Wigan Warriors 42 Wakefield Wildcats 24 Click Here

Ticket Details

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West Stand Blue £21 £15
East Stand Silver £20 £14
East Stand Red £19 £13
South Stand £18 £12
North Stand (Visitors) £18 £12

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UK TV Coverage

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Radio Commentary

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Full Match Commentary with Jack Dearden at DW Stadium.

102.4 Wish FM - Updates only during the main commentary match of St Helens v Catalan Dragons from Stobart Stadium

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 28-30 Points.

Weather Forecast

Possible Light Rain.

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