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Match Preview: London (A) - 21st July 2012 at Twickenham Stoop
Posted by cherryandwhite on July 20 2012 - 02:03

London Broncos v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 21.
Saturday 21st July 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Twickenham Stoop.

Match Preview

Time to forget about the Challenge Cup disappointment and kick on towards Old Trafford, starting with a trip to London to face the Broncos.

News hit earlier in the week that the capital club had finally took action with coach Rob Powell and hit a time machine button to take us all back to 2002 with Tony Rea returning as coach. That time travel makes me 19 again, so I'm pleased, we've just won the Challenge Cup at Murrayfield whilst Warrington are fighting relegation. Happy Days!

Seriously though. You couldn't really excuse Rob Powell's coaching record of just 5 wins from their last 42 Super League matches. Those wins being against Wakefield (twice), Castleford, Widnes and Leeds. All at the Stoop as well. They haven't won away in Super League since beating St Helens at Widnes in March 2011.

That win over Saints was a fourth win in five matches to start Powell's coach career in early 2011 but the wheels soon fell off. This year they are reportedly spending a full salary cap but yet are flat bottom of the table. Something had to give, I'm just surprised it's taken so long to happen. Tony Rea actually did a good job in his first spell I thought and I expect he will get them fired up for this one.

Can't see past a Wigan win though. I will be bitterly disappointing if we don't get a big reaction to last weeks cup exit. The fact we now can get on a run of playing Matty Smith at Scrum Half should help. Finch and Lockers can get back into their natural positions and everything will hopefully flow again.

For me though it's more about the defensive attitude. It got slack recently and we need to re-find the killer instinct we had a couple of months ago. It was way off against Leeds in that first half hour last Saturday and that is so un-Wigan like.

Anthony Gelling's appearance for the Under 20s on Wednesday Night surely means Iain Thornley is going to come in and replace him this week. I said after Wakefield that I felt the time was right to take Gelling out of the first team. I'm not writing him off though like many are. Gelling is clearly raw but I remember Dom Crosby being very raw when he first joined our Under 20s in 2010 and he's looked excellent in his few appearances this year.

A bit of patience is perhaps required. I think Gelling has done ok. He's scored 7 tries in 13 games, which is a 53% strike rate. That's well better than Amos Roberts produced in his first season here for example, and look how good he blossomed early in his second season. I'm actually more impressed that Gelling hasn't been mugged too often in defence, but I do think the time is right to now withdraw him out the fold because of his rawness. He clearly needs a bit of moulding mentally. Thornley looked good on debut at Wakefield so I'm looking forward to him getting another run out.

Apart from that I don't see too many other dramas in the squad. I expect Crosby to sit out with Gelling for the same reason that he played in the Under 20s on Wednesday as well. Doesn't make sense to play them in that to then play them in first team just three days later.

Final note here is to give a big shout to Ben Flower. I think he's been excellent in the last three games since his return and was doing a great job before his injury also. Don't get me wrong he's no huge powerful battering ram like Jeff Lima but you don't always need battering rams in the pack, sometimes you need good dogged workers and I think "Petal" fits that mould. He seems neither praised or criticised on our message boards and that's a good thing if you ask me.

If your off to London, see you down there! Reminder that the Under 20s are on after the first team v London from 5pm. A post match players presentation is in the "King's Bar" at approx 6pm and the party continues in their till 9pm. Mines a lager!

19 Man Squads

IN:l Iain Thornley, Matty Smith
OUT:l Jack Hughes, Jack Murphy

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Brett Finch, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Dom Crosby, Iain Thornley, Matty Smith

IN:l (No Changes)
OUT:l (No Changes)

Luke Dorn, Jamie O'Callaghan, David Howell, Michael Robertson, Michael Witt, Craig Gower, Antonio Kaufusi, Chad Randall, Mark Bryant, Chris Bailey, Tony Clubb, Julien Rinaldi, Chris Melling, Olsi Krasniqi, Dan Sarginson, Kieran Dixon, Ben Bolger, Scott Wheeldon, Will Lovell

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 15 and Lost 3 from 18 appointments.
This Season: Won 4 and Lost 0 from 4 appointments.

Video Referee


Current Super League XVII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 20 16 0 4 754 319 +435 32
14th London Broncos 20 3 0 17 378 689 -311 6

Wigan v London Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan London League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 25

Michael Robertson 10

Josh Charnley 25
Top Goal Scorer Josh Charnley 49

Michael Witt 36

Kevin Sinfield 85
Top Points Scorer Josh Charnley 198

Paul Sykes 76

Scott Dereau 204
Top Try Assister Sam Tomkins 23

Craig Gower 12

Rangi Chase 24
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 2497m

Chris Bailey 2255m

Top Ball Carrier Mike McIlorum 349

Craig Gower 390

James Roby 606
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 116

Dan Sarginson 34

Sam Tomkins 116
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 28

Michael Witt 9

Sam Tomkins 28
Top Offloader Gareth Hock 54

Mark Bryant 27

Gareth Hock 54
ToplAttackinglKicker Brett Finch 84

Craig Gower 112

Michael Dobson 137
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 324

Chad Randall 213

James Roby 544
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 552

Chris Bailey 596

Paul Aiton 780
Top Marker Tackler Harrison Hansen 94

Chad Randall 93

Paul Aiton 131
Worst Miss Tackler M.McIlorum/M.Smith 38

Craig Gower 47

Dave Allen 57
Most Errors G.Hock/B.Finch 25

Craig Gower 27

Greg Eden 39
Most Pens Conceded Mike McIlorum 21

Chris Bailey 20

Steve Pickersgill 25

Wigan v London Team Stats Match Ups

- Wigan London League Best League Worst
Tries 138


Wigan 138

Widnes 57

 Tries Against 55


Wigan 55

Widnes 150

Goal Kick Success 68.2%


Leeds 83.4%

Salford 66.6%

Metres 28675m


St Helens 29494m

Widnes 21773m

Ball Carries 4390


St Helens 4535

Widnes 3468

Metres Per Ball Carry 6.53m


Hudd'sfield 6.97m

Wakefield 6m

Tackle Busts 591


Wigan 591

Widnes 292

Clean Breaks 193


Wigan 193

Widnes 74

Offloads 186


Salford 300

London 142

Attacking Kicks 180


London 257

Salford 156

Runs from Dummy Half 690


St Helens 869

Salford 496

Tackles 5544


Warrington 6307

Wigan 5544

Marker Tackles 902


Warrington 950

Catalan 698

Missed Tackles 308


Wigan 308

Widnes 633

Errors 217


St Helens 202

Warrington 298

Penalties Conceded 150


Castleford 144

Widnes 197

Super League Form Table Last Six Matches

- Team W D L F A Diff Pts Form
1 Wigan Warriors 5 0 1 256 90 +166 10
2 St Helens 4 1 1 178 121 +57 9
3 Warrington Wolves 4 0 2 206 113 +93 8
4 Leeds Rhinos 4 0 2 189 167 +22 8
5 Salford City Reds 4 0 2 184 176 +8 8
6 Bradford Bulls 4 0 2 174 183 -11 8
7 Catalan Dragons 3 0 3 145 119 +26 6
8 Hull Kingston Rovers 3 0 3 159 149 +10 6
9 Castleford Tigers 2 0 4 176 194 -18 4
10 Wakefield Wildcats 2 0 4 142 200 -58 4
11 Widnes Vikings 2 0 4 129 206 -77 4
12 Hull FC 1 1 4 114 179 -65 3
13 Huddersfield Giants 1 0 5 150 196 -46 2
14 London Broncos 1 0 5 86 238 -152 2

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 36 Wigan 25 Wins London 9 Wins 2 Draws
In London Played 18 Wigan 12 Wins London 5 Wins 1 Draw
At Stoop Played 10 Wigan 7 Wins London 2 Wins 1 Draw

Includes record as Harlequins.

Last Six Meetings at Twickemham Stoop

Date Opposition Report
9th July 2011 Harlequins 06 Wigan Warriors 38 Click Here
26th June 2010 Harlequins 12 Wigan Warriors 36 Click Here
28th Feb 2009 Harlequins 18 Wigan Warriors 24 Click Here
9th Feb 2008 Harlequins 28 Wigan Warriors 47 Click Here
18th Aug 2007 Harlequins 16 Wigan Warriors 16 Click Here
2nd June 2007 Harlequins 18 Wigan Warriors 08 Click Here

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions

North Stand (Unreserved)

?15 ?10

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 2pm with Full Match Commentary from Mark Wilson and summarising from Phil Wilkinson of the Wigan Evening Post/Observer.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - On Air from 3 to 6pm with Full Match Commentary

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 36 Points.

Weather Forecast

Looking ok!

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