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Match Preview: Warrington (H) - 8th February 2013 at DW Stadium
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 07 2013 - 00:09

Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves - Super League 18 Round 2.
Friday 8th February 2013. Kick Off 8:00pm at DW Stadium.

Match Preview

Wigan's record against Warrington at DW Stadium in recent years should be the only motivation Shaun Wane's side require ahead of Friday's home opener.

Warrington have gone away from Wigan with the spoils in each of the last three seasons, whilst both home and away they have won 5 of the 7 contests since Michael Maguire became coach in 2010. But what was the significance of the two Wigan victories?

Well, the first of the two Wigan wins came very early on in Madge's reign here and during that match Lee Briers limped off in the 50th Minute. At the time they were in total control of contest with a 16-4 lead, and they were actually a knock on by Briers away from going 22-4 up. But after he limped off they totally collapsed and we came back to win 22-20 in a thrilling finish. I'm absolutely convinced that had Briers not departed, we'd have lost that game convincingly.

The other win we claimed was that great cup quarter final effort in 2011, and that man Briers didn't play at all that day. Again I think this was significant to Warrington's demise. He may turn 35 in June but he is still the man to stop!

I don't think it was a coincidence on either occasion that Briers absence led to our victories because he kicks us to death every single time he plays us. Warrington are by no means a one man team but they do not have anywhere near the same threat without him.

I think this was partly proven against Castleford in their season opener last week. Briers played the first half and Warrington ripped up with a 28-0 lead in just 23 minutes. Second half they went with Richie Myler and Stefan Ratchford in the halves, with Briers subbed and rested, and it sounded very scrappy all of a sudden with only a 40-24 end result.

The point is that if Wigan want to win on Friday they need to control Briers far more effectively than we've done in recent seasons. We need to learn also from the contest against them here early last season, a contest I think we dominated in the pack but somehow lost.

Twice in that match Warrington scored a try 1 minute and 10 seconds after we had kicked penalty goals. You know what happens after a penalty goal, you get the ball back and your supposed to control the possession. But Wigan coughing up twice in those situations let Warrington claim 12 of the 22 points they got on the night. GIFTS! Absolute Gifts! We cannot afford to do that! Let's hope we've learned the lesson. Warrington are going to target the ball after we've scored, so get it up the jumper and make sure we complete after we have scored!

Overall though this is a massive test of character for our boys. I wouldn't be surprised if we turned them over. I think we'll be up for this more than they will, because we owe them one. Last week at Salford we looked like a side preparing for this match to come with a hard working defensive mentality in clear abundance. Some are saying that this game doesn't really mean much in the long run, but I disagree. That win I mentioned away at Warrington in early 2010, that ended a long winless run at Halliwell Jones Stadium, was massive in the end goal of Super League Grand Final success. I think ending our recent home hoo-doo could go along away towards doing the same. It won't mean much to Warrington but it'll be huge for us.

Don't get me wrong I still have fears for our squad depth long term. I think we really struggled in the pack in the friendly against them two weeks ago, but victories in matches like this will help this squad of lads grow. I look forward with interest to see how they get on!

19 Man Squads

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

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, Jack Hughes, Pat Richards, Blake Green, Matty Smith, Mike McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Sean O'Loughlin, Ben Flower, Iain Thornley, Paul Prescott, Gil Dudson, Scott Taylor, Anthony Gelling, Sam Powell, Greg Burke

IN:l Ben Currie
OUT:l Ben Harrison

Brett Hodgson, Chris Riley, Ryan Atkins, Joel Monaghan, Lee Briers, Richie Myler, Adrian Morley, Michael Monaghan, Garreth Carvell, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood, Micky Higham, Simon Grix, Paul Wood, Mike Cooper, Chris Hill, Stefan Ratchford, Rhys Evans, Ben Currie

Match Referee

Phil Bentham (Warrington) - Age 41
First Pro Game: Sheffield 34 London Skolars 6 - 22nd February 2004
First Super League Game: Wakefield 30 Hull 32 - 11th September 2005
First Wigan Game: Wigan 36 Huddersfield 20 - 24th February 2006
Finals Officiated: 2011 Challenge Cup Final - Wigan 28 Leeds 24

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 13, Drawn 1 and Lost 17 from 31 appointments.

Other Officials

Video Referee:l

Steve Ganson


James Child, Tim Roby

In Goal Judges:l

(Not in use for this match)

Reserve Referee:l

George Stokes

Time Keeper:l


Match Commissioner:l

Dave Campbell

Current Super League 18 League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Wigan Warriors 1 1 0 0 42 0 +42 0
5th Warrington Wolves 1 1 0 0 40 24 +16 0

All Time League Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 200 Wigan 104 Wins Warrington 89 Wins 7 Draws
At Wigan Played 89 Wigan 55 Wins Warrington 31 Wins 3 Draws

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 40 Wigan 24 Wins Warrington 15 Wins 1 Draw
At Wigan Played 21 Wigan 16 Wins Warrington 5 Wins 0 Draws

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions

Springfield (West) Stand - Gold Section

£24 £18

Springfield (West) Stand - Blue Section

£23 £17

Billy Boston (East) Stand - Silver Section

£22 £16
Billy Boston (East) Stand - Red Section £21 £15
South Stand £20 £14
North Stand £21 £15

UK TV Coverage

Pre Match Friday 7:00pm

Live Coverage Friday 7:30pm
Post Match Friday 10:00pm

Free to Air Highlights Monday 11:35pm (Regional)
Free to Air Highlights Tuesday 1:30pm (National)

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - are on air from 7:00pm with the pre match "Gerr'um On Side" show before Full Match Commentary of the Match from 7:55pm with Mark Wilson.

95.1 BBC Radio Manchester sports programme begins at 6:00pm building up to full match commentary with Trevor Hunt and Jack Dearden.

Weather Forecast

Dry Day Expected with hardly any wind. Cold though.

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