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Match Preview: Huddersfield (H) - 5th February 2012 at DW Stadium
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 03 2012 - 13:41

Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - Stobart Super League XVII Round 1.
Sunday 5th February 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

After the first two pre season games I was more upbeat for the season than I was, but the friendly at Salford brought back the nagging doubts that I talked about in my season preview three weeks ago.

That Salford game was a very flat performance with neither half back taking control of the game by the scruff of the neck. Maybe that's just the fact it was still pre season but I was expecting us to step up a level and the fact it didn't happen left me a bit deflated.

Still a good performance here against Huddersfield will put that right and with the Giants already suffering injury problems, we really have no excuses. Keith Mason, Luke O'Donnell, David Fauimu and David Fa'alogo are absent from the pack, whilst Kevin Brown misses out in the half back role. In total they had 11 changes to the 19 they called upon in their play off defeat to Warrington last September.

The early rounds of Super League are always funny ones though with surprising results often leaving the press men fornicating into their notepads. I mean recall London/Harlequins start to last season. They took eight points out of their first five matches last season but only picked up five more points from their remaining 22 games! Huddersfield have obviously a bit more potential than London but the point I'm trying to make is that no matter how many injuries they have, it perhaps doesn't mean that much this early in the season.

It depends on Wigan's attitude. If they turn a performance on, they should win easy. If they play like they did at Salford...........Danny Brough will probably turn us over all by himself. Worth noting Huddersfield have won on three of their last four visits to Wigan.

If they players need a lesson in how not to start a season, they should recall the start to 2009. That was also a Sunday 3pm start at DW Stadium when Wakefield visited. A cold, snowy day and a miserable performance. We conceded after 52 seconds and ended up losing 12-6. It set the tone for that whole season I think. Just like Madge Maguire's first match, a 38-6 easy win over Crusaders, in 2010 set the tone for our title year. It's important that we hit the ground running!

For that reason - Huddersfield and Leeds could be the perfect start for us, if we can win both games.  They are two of the top sides from recent years and we've got to take advantage of playing them at home. So here's hoping we get off to a flying start!

In terms of team selection I think Wane had little choice than to go with what he's picked and that perhaps shows that we lack a little in squad depth. I know their is Paul Prescott to return but we seem to be gambling with both Stuart Fielden and Amos Roberts. I'm tired of hearing that they are "making progress".

We've seen good signs from Anthony Gelling but we have to remember he is totally inexperienced, alongside youngsters like Matty Russell, Sam Powell and Tom Spencer. Even despite an impressive Four Nations, Gil Dudson is only 21 also. Playing those players are going to be gambles which we will have to take to improve our squad depth but I don't think this is the right time to do it. Let the experience bed the season in, then try out some options hopefully off the back of a good start to the season. I'm siding with Waney in his thought process here. I would expect Spencer and Powell to be omitted from the 19, just like at Salford.

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l

Darrell Goulding, Gareth Hock, Ben Flower, Epalahame Lauaki, Sam Powell, Tom Spencer

OUT:l

Paul Deacon, Andy Coley, Joel Tomkins, Paul Prescott, Ryan Hoffman, Eamon O'Carroll

Fulll19:l

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Sam Powell, Tom Spencer.

Huddersfield
IN:l

Leroy Cudjoe, Shaun Lunt, Joe Wardle, Alex Chan, Tommy Lee, Luke George, Aaron Murphy, Jacob Fairbank, Adam Walker, Greg Eden, Josh Johnson

OUT:l

David Hodgson, Kevin Brown, Darrell Griffin, David Fa'alogo, David Faiumu, Keith Mason, Andy Raleigh, Danny Kirmond, Graeme Horne, Matt Sarsfield, Jamie Simpson

Fulll19:l

Scott Grix, Michael Lawrence, Leroy Cudjoe, Lee Gilmour, Jermaine McGillvary, Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Luke Robinson, Shaun Lunt, Larne Patrick, Joe Wardle, Alex Chan, Tommy Lee, Luke George, Aaron Murphy, Jacob Fairbank, Adam Walker, Greg Eden, Josh Johnson.

Match Referee

Richard Silverwood (Dewsbury) - Age 35
First Pro Game: York 20 Batley 20 - 28th March 1999
First Super League Game: Halifax 30 Salford 18 - 6th May 2001
First Wigan Game: Wakefield 14 Wigan 30 - 1st May 2002

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 33, Drawn 2 and Lost 14 from 49 appointments.
This Season: First Appointment

Video Referee

N/A

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 29 Wigan 20 Wins Huddersfield 9 Wins 0 Draws
At Wigan Played 14 Wigan 10 Wins Huddersfield 4 Wins 0 Draws

Last Six Meetings at DW Stadium

Date Opposition Report
25th June 2011 Wigan Warriors 46 Huddersfield Giants 12 Click Here
15th August 2010 Wigan Warriors 16 Huddersfield Giants 18 Click Here
27th March 2009 Wigan Warriors 08 Huddersfield Giants 22 Click Here
25th July 2008 Wigan Warriors 04 Huddersfield Giants 34 Click Here
10th August 2007 Wigan Warriors 20 Huddersfield Giants 12 Click Here
18th August 2006 Wigan Warriors 14 Huddersfield Giants 10 Click Here

Ticket Details

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West Stand Blue ?22 ?16
East Stand Silver ?21 ?15
East Stand Red ?20 ?14
South Stand SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
North Stand (Visitors) ?19 ?13

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UK TV Coverage

Highlights Sunday 10:00pm
Highlights Monday 11:35pm -

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - On Air from 2:50pm with Full uninterrupted match commentary. Mick Cassidy will be Match Summariser.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Shared commentary with Hull v Warrington. Phil Kinsella will be at DW Stadium.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a 0-0 Draw!

Weather Forecast

Cold with possibly rain/sleet showers.

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