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Match Preview: Wakefield (A) - 8th July 2012 at Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Posted by cherryandwhite on July 06 2012 - 15:18

Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 20.
Sunday 8th July 2012. Kick Off 3:30pm at Rapid Solicitors Stadium (Belle Vue).

Match Preview

Well I'd normally write a preview for a Sunday game on a Thursday Night but I delayed it this week as I didn't have a clue who would be in the 19 man squad. How glad I am now because the early signing of next years recruit Matty Smith has completely changed the complexion of this trip to Wakefield.

Whether he is a good signing or not remains to be seen. Salford are barely televised by Sky, so I can't really draw my own conclusions before seeing him in our kit. Seemed to do alright for Saints at the back of 2010 however.

Smith comes straight into the Wigan team for this game with Sam Tomkins, Harrison Hansen and Chris Tuson also back in the 19 man squad. However, Josh Charnley (calf), Mike McIlorum ("knock") and Jack Hughes drop out of the 19 whilst youngster Rhodri Lloyd is also omitted.

Darrell Goulding is included but it's likely he won't be risked and Iain Thornley will debut at right centre following his return from Sale Sharks. Thornley was part of our academy set up between 2008 and 2010 before leaving for Sale. He returned here in May but has only made one 13 a side appearance since then, last Saturday at Wigan Rugby Union for the Under 20s against Bradford. He did play in a few of the "nines series" rounds though.

With Sam Tomkins returning at full back, I suspect Jack Murphy will switch to replace Josh Charnley on the right wing. Not a natural winger but Waney doesn't seem to be fancying Ryan King, on the evidence of this 19 man squad, so I can't see who else would fit on the wing in Charnley's absence?

The other question is who will goal kick? Murphy has been the main goal kicker for the Under 20s in the past two seasons whilst Sam Tomkins and now Matty Smith offer other options. Smith has kicked 19 goals in his career so far.

Overall I don't think the squad is too bad. The returns offset the losses for this particular game, but I do expect a tough afternoon at Wakefield, particularly if the weather continues to be poor. I expect a win but this could be a long hard slog in the mud!

Having lost last time out, Wigan play here looking to avoid losing two matches in a row in Super League for the first time since May 2009. We've shown great bouncebackability every time we've lost since then and with 2nd and 3rd (Warrington v Catalan) playing in Sky's Monday Night game, it'll be nice to get 5 points clear before those two meet.

I fully understand, and agree, that the Cup Semi is far more important but we don't want to slip up further because, although we have a three point lead, Catalan do have a game in hand and might well sniff catching us for 1st place if results this weekend go their way!

So this is an important match I think to make things very easy for us in the league run in. Matty Smith getting in the halves and Sean O'Loughlin returning to Loose Forward should help massively and Sam Tomkins will hopefully have benefited from a fortnight off.

Wakefield are clearly well off the pace for the top 8 this year but I think they are doing an admirable job this season. I've been a long time critic of them, particularly for that god awful ground, but at least they are making an effort since new owners came in following last year's administration.

For example the old away terrace now has a roof! Granted it is a dirt cheap effort but nethertheless compared to other West Yorkshire standards, we'll welcome it with the rancid rain around at the moment.

Wigan though need to be professional. I talked about 2nd and 3rd and they both have sweated in matches against Wakefield this year. Richard Agar's side were robbed blind by a Thierry Alibert "7th tackle" in losing 32-30 at Warrington, but they did beat Catalan at home.

Ex Warriors Richard Mathers and Tim Smith might have a point to prove also but Wigan should have too much, whatever the weather! I wouldn't back my "statistical prediction" of 28-30 points though. Reckon half that might be more realistic. But we shall see!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Sam Tomkins, Harrison Hansen, Chris Tuson, Tom Spencer, Matty Smith
OUT:l Josh Charnley, Mike McIlorum, Jack Hughes, Greg Burke, Rhodri Lloyd
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Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Logan Tomkins, Tom Spencer, Dom Crosby, Jack Murphy, Iain Thornley, Matty Smith.

Wakefield
IN:l Lee Smith
OUT:l Vince Mellars
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Richard Mathers, Peter Fox, Ben Cockayne, Isaac John, Kyle Wood, Oliver Wilkes, Andy Raleigh, Ali Lauitiiti, Danny Washbrook, Paul Aiton, Kyle Amor, Paul Johnson, Danny Kirmond, Tim Smith, Kyle Trout, Matt James, Lucas Walshaw, Paul Sykes, Lee Smith.

Match Referee

Thierry Alibert (France) - Age 41
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 14 and Lost 3 from 17 appointments.
This Season: Won 3 and Lost 0 from 3 appointments.

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XVII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 19 15 0 4 702 309 +393 30
11th Wakefield Wildcats 19 6 0 13 382 554 -172 12

Wigan v Wakefield Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Wakefield League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 25

Peter Fox 10

Josh Charnley 25
Top Goal Scorer Josh Charnley 49

Paul Sykes 34

D.Brough/K.S'field 81
Top Points Scorer Josh Charnley 198

Paul Sykes 76

Josh Charnley 192
Top Try Assister Sam Tomkins 21

Tim Smith 16

Rangi Chase 24
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 2364m

Ben Cockayne 2102m

JameslRobyl2736m
Top Ball Carrier Mike McIlorum 349

Paul Aiton 303

James Roby 582
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 111

Ben Cockayne 43

Sam Tomkins 111
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 26

Ben Cockayne 17

Sam Tomkins 26
Top Offloader Gareth Hock 46

Ali Lauitiiti 36

J.Moon/G.Hock 46
ToplAttackinglKicker Brett Finch 81

Tim Smith 83

Michael Dobson 132
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 324

Paul Aiton 203

James Roby 524
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 552

Danny Washbrook 740

DannylWashbrookl740
Top Marker Tackler Mike McIlorum 88

Paul Aiton 119

Danny Houghton 124
Worst Miss Tackler Mike McIlorum 38

Vince Mellars 39

Elliott Whitehead 55
Most Errors Brett Finch 23

Ben Cockayne 21

Greg Eden 39
Most Pens Conceded Mike McIlorum 21

Danny Washbrook 14

Steve Pickersgill 25

Wigan v Wakefield Team Stats Match Ups

- Wigan W'field League Best League Worst
Tries 128

69

Wigan 128

Widnes 52

 Tries Against 53

99

Wigan 53

Widnes 146

Points For 702

382

Wigan 702

Widnes 313

Points Against 309

554

Wigan 309

Widnes 824

Goal Kick Success 68.8%

70.6%

Hull FC 84.4%

Salford 68.1%

Metres 27939m

23068m

St Helens 27939m

Widnes 20279m

Ball Carries 4164

3828

St Helens 4324

Widnes 3264

Metres Per Ball Carry 6.48m

6.02m

Hudd'sfield 7.03m

Wakefield 6.02m

Tackle Busts 559

354

Wigan 559

Widnes 278

Clean Breaks 178

89

Wigan 178

Widnes 68

Offloads 171

202

Salford 287

London 130

Attacking Kicks 170

178

London 248

Salford 143

Runs from Dummy Half 652

560

St Helens 837

Salford 468

Tackles 5263

5959

Warrington 5963

Catalan 5101

Marker Tackles 846

851

Warrington 894

Catalan 616

Missed Tackles 293

400

Wigan 293

Widnes 600

Errors 204

198

St Helens 187

Warrington 284

Penalties Conceded 139

144

Huddersfield 135

Widnes 189

Super League Form Table Last Six Matches

- Team W D L F A Diff Pts Form
1 Wigan Warriors 5 0 1 236 92 +144 10
2 St Helens 4 1 1 185 116 +69 9
3 Warrington Wolves 4 0 2 233 119 +114 8
4 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 0 2 207 137 +70 8
5 Catalan Dragons 4 0 2 179 142 +37 8
6 Leeds Rhinos 4 0 2 205 183 +22 8
7 Salford City Reds 3 1 2 180 174 +6 7
8 Bradford Bulls 3 1 2 152 191 -39 7
9 Wakefield Wildcats 3 0 3 164 174 -10 6
10 Hull FC 2 1 3 138 158 -20 5
11 Widnes Vikings 2 0 4 140 224 -84 4
12 Huddersfield Giants 1 0 5 156 176 -20 2
13 London Broncos 1 0 5 86 208 -122 2
14 Castleford Tigers 1 0 5 136 258 -122 2

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 31 Wigan 25 Wins Wakefield 6 Wins 0 Draws
At Wakefield Played 15 Wigan 11 Wins Wakefield 4 Wins 0 Draws

Last Six Meetings at Belle Vue

Date Opposition Report
25th Apr 2011  Wakefield Wildcats 00 Wigan Warriors 26 Click Here
13th Jun 2010  Wakefield Wildcats 06 Wigan Warriors 48 Click Here
9th May 2009  Wakefield 17 Wigan 28 (Challenge Cup R4) Click Here
26th Apr 2009  Wakefield Wildcats 26 Wigan Warriors 40 Click Here
25th May 2008  Wakefield Wildcats 30 Wigan Warriors 38 Click Here
1st July 2007 Wakefield Wildcats 32 Wigan Warriors 06 Click Here

Hot & Cold Try Scoring Streaks

HOT:l AnthonylGelling l 4 Tries in his last 4 appearances.
COLD:l EriclLauaki l Never Scored in 19 Wigan appearances so far

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions

Visitors Terrace

£20 £12

UK TV Coverage

Highlights Sunday 10:00pm
Free to Air Highlights Monday 11:15pm

International TV Coverage (All Times Local)

No Coverage.

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - On Air from 2:50pm. Commentary will begin with coverage of Widnes v St Helens (with Chris Price) from 3pm  before switching to the main commentary match of Wakefield v Wigan (with Graham Lovett) when our match kicks off at 3:30pm.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - On Air from 2pm with Jack Dearden. Commentary will begin with coverage of Hull KR v Salford (with Phil Kinsella) from 3pm before switching to the main commentary match of Wakefield v Wigan (with Trevor Hunt) when our match kicks off at 3:30pm.

At Venue - BBC Leeds (92.4FM) - On Air from 3:00pm with part commentary of this game whilst also covering Bradford v London (3pm) and Castleford v Huddersfield (3:30pm).

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

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

Weather Forecast

Wet!

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