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Match Preview: Salford (H) - 14th August 2011 at DW Stadium
Posted by Bilko on August 12 2011 - 01:59

Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds - Engage Super League XVI Round 24.
Sunday 14th August 2011. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

It's hard for me to preview this one because to be honest the league is on a total back burner in my mind now we've reached the cup final. Ok, winning the league leaders shield would be nice to achieve again but it isn't important in this current play off system.

Far more important is the fact that we've got a top two finish pretty secure - we've have to lose all our remaining games to chuck that one away and even then third place St Helens would have to win all their games. A second place finish secures a home play off, which if won rewards with a week off and a home semi final. That's exactly the same reward that first place gets.

What I'm trying to say is that we don't really need to be go out busting a gut in the next two games to win 1st place. We are the ones playing the extra games so we need to be conserving not just physical energy but also mental energy. In any case even if we lost one game it wouldn't really make any difference to the potential "first place decider". If we are one point ahead we need the win or if we are one point behind we still need the win. It would be nice to put pressure on them going away to France though!

I'm hoping coach Michael Maguire is going to continue to rotate the squad like he has done in recent weeks. It's not like we don't have the bodies to be able to rotate. Stuart Fielden aside we've got a pretty fit squad. Darrell Goulding, Paul Prescott, Amos Roberts, Eamon O'Carroll, Stefan Marsh, Jack Hughes and Gareth Hock are all knocking on the door to play whilst I've just watched three lads playing for Widnes (Joe Mellor, Logan Tomkins and Dom Crosby) who could all do a job against Bradford next week if required.

I wouldn't like to suggest who should take a rest but I think looking after the older boys like George Carmont, Paul Deacon, Brett Finch, Andy Coley etc would be a wise move.

Anyway for all that I'm pretty confident we will win both games in the next fortnight whoever we choose to play. They are not the hardest of games on paper and crucially both at home as well, where our form this year is much improved n 2010. Their is plenty of competition for places, especially within the forwards, to ensure we won't be too flat!

Salford meanwhile still have slim play off hopes but the reality is that they need to win here at DW Stadium and they are only one of two  current Super League sides never to achieve that. Their run in stinks with Huddersfield, St Helens and Catalan to play after us so they will have to do it the hard way.

They did go to Warrington and win though, albeit on the weekend England played the Exiles, so they have proved they can cause an upset but apart from that they've not really troubled any of the top sides.

I've no doubt their new coach Matt Parrish will want to come to Wigan and cause an upset but I'm not convinced they will have enough to do it. I suspect Wigan will turn them over easily. We shall see.

19 Man Squads

IN:l Darrell Goulding, Stefan Marsh
OUT:l Paul Deacon (rested), Jeff Lima (rested)
Full 19: Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Stefan Marsh, Josh Charnley, Gareth Hock, Ben Cross.

IN:l Luke Adamson
OUT:l Marc Sneyd
Full 19: Luke Patten, Jodie Broughton, Mark Henry, Chris Nero, Stefan Ratchford, Daniel Holdsworth, Ray Cashmere, Wayne Godwin, Lee Jewitt, Vinnie Anderson, Stephen Wild, Matty Smith, Luke Adamson, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Adam Sidlow, Ryan Boyle, Sean Gleeson, Adam Neal, Danny Williams.

Match Referee

Robert Hicks (Oldham)
First Pro Game: Workington 18 Celtic Crusaders 50 - 9th April 2006
First Super League Game: Leeds 26 Crusaders 32 - 20th June 2010
First Wigan Game: Wakefield 0 Wigan 26 - 25th April 2011

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 2 and Lost 0 from 2 appointments.
This Season: Won 2 and Lost 0 from 2 appointments.

Video Referee


Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 23 17 3 3 686 353 +333 37
10th Salford City Reds 23 9 0 14 476 664 -188 18

Wigan v Leeds Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Salford League Leader
Top Try Scorer Sam Tomkins 20

Jodie Broughton 14

Kris Welham 21
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 78

Daniel Holdsworth 57

Brett Hodgson 120
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 220

Daniel Holdsworth 136

Brett Hodgson 306
Top Try Assister Sam Tomkins 15

Daniel Holdsworth 23

Daniel Holdsworth 23
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 3269m

Jodie Broughton 2643m

James Roby 4486m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 429

Daniel Holdsworth 416

James Roby 835
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 136

Luke Patten 63

Sam Tomkins 136
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 33

Jodie Broughton 15

Sam Tomkins 33
Top Offloader George Carmont 27

Ray Cashmere 39

Chris Bailey 54
Top Attacking Kicker Brett Finch 80

Daniel Holdsworth 118

Rangi Chase 170
Top General Kicker Sam Tomkins 119

Daniel Holdsworth 218

Rangi Chase 240
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 289

Wayne Godwin 213

James Roby 687
Top Tackler Sean O'Loughlin 678

Luke Adamson 670

Danny Houghton 928
Top Marker Tackler Lee Mossop 112

Luke Adamson 100

Danny Houghton 168
Worst Miss Tackler Mike McIlorum 37

Stephen Wild 57

Elliott Whitehead 77
Most Errors Josh Charnley 31

Stefan Ratchford 26

Luke Gale 41
Most Pens Conceded Sean O'Loughlin 23

(2 Players) 17

Michael Witt 28

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 28 Wigan 24 Wins Salford 4 Wins 0 Draws
At Wigan Played 13 Wigan 12 Wins Salford 1 Wins 0 Draws

Salford are one of only two current Super League clubs (the other being Crusaders) who have never won at DW Stadium. Their only Super League away win at Wigan came in August 1997 when they won 21-14 at Central Park.

Super League Form Table - Last Six League Matches Only

- Team W D L F A Diff Sequence (Most Recent on Left) Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 6 0 0 275 108 +167 12
2 Wigan Warriors 6 0 0 214 80 +134 12
3 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 0 2 205 124 +81 8
4 St Helens 4 0 2 198 131 +67 8
5 Catalan Dragons 4 0 2 212 156 +56 8
6 Hull FC 3 0 3 162 119 +43 6
7 Leeds Rhinos 3 0 3 116 111 +5 6
8 Huddersfield Giants 3 0 3 142 168 -26 6
9 Bradford Bulls 2 0 4 134 172 -38 4
10 Salford City Reds 2 0 4 102 154 -52 4
11 Castleford Tigers 2 0 4 140 224 -84 4
12 Crusaders 1 0 5 139 144 -5 2
13 Harlequins 1 0 5 110 222 -112 2
14 Wakefield Wildcats 0 0 6 72 296 -224 0

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 6 Lost 0

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
6th August St Helens (N) Challenge Cup SF Won 18-12
29th July Hull FC (A) SL 16 Round 23 Won 30-16
23rd July Warrington (A) Challenge Cup QF Won 44-24
15th July Wakefield (H) SL 16 Round 22 Won 48-06
9th July Harlequins (A) SL 16 Round 21 Won 38-06
5th July Castleford (H) SL 16 Round 3 Won 28-16

Wigan 2011 League Home Record
Played 10: Won 8 and Lost 2 (Ranked: Second Best in League) - 80% Win Rate.

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

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
29th July Leeds (H) SL 16 Round 23 Lost 22-30
17th July Hull KR (A) SL 16 Round 22 Lost 08-21
8th July Hull FC (A) SL 16 Round 21 Lost 16-52
1st July Harlequins (H) SL 16 Round 20 Won 26-18
24th June Crusaders (A) SL 16 Round 19 Won 22-18
17th June Castleford (H) SL 16 Round 17 Lost 08-15

Salford 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 12: Won 5 and Lost 7 (Ranked: 8th of 14 in League) - 41.6% Win Rate.

Last Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
9th July 2010 Wigan Warriors 60 Salford City Reds 10 Click Here
5th June 2009 Wigan Warriors 34 Salford City Reds 18 Click Here
29th May 2009 Wigan 28 Salford 06 (Challenge Cup QF) Click Here
31st Aug 2007 Wigan Warriors 40 Salford City Reds 16 Click Here
14th July 2006 Wigan Warriors 20 Salford City Reds 12 Click Here
5th Aug 2005 Wigan Warriors 40 Salford City Reds 12 Click Here

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

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UK TV Coverage

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Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - On Air from 2:50pm with uninterrupted full match commentary.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Main Commentary Match whilst also updating on Warrington v Wakefield.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 22 Points.

Weather Forecast

Sunny Spells.

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