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Match Preview: Warrington (A) 08.03.08 @ Halliwell Jones Stadium
Posted by Bilko on March 05 2008 - 21:54

Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League XIII Rd 5.
Saturday 8th March 2008. Kick Off 6:00pm at Halliwell Jones Stadium.

For once I think we go to Warrington with no pressure.

They are the ones that spent the big money in the off season. They are the ones who are expected to do big things this year. They are the ones who have a great home record against us. Having lost to Saints, they are the ones with a big point to prove. Defeat to us and the pressure with be big on their coach Paul Cullen. They were already some Wire fans calling for his head after a narrow loss at Knowsley Road last month!

Knowing of our bad record at Wire, most Wigan fans are not expecting us to win judging by the predictions thread on our message board.

So we have Warrington fans who expect to win - Wigan fans who don't - to me this seems an ideal cocktail for a shock Warriors win!

What Wigan need to do is keep Warrington quiet early. I mean last season we were 25-6 down at half time - your not going to win any game doing that.

Two weeks a go I listened to Warrington built up a 28-0 lead at Hull KR is as many minutes before in the end just sneaking it 29-28. Coach Paul Cullen bemoaned the penalty count as a factor in that, but also said "when we are playing fast we are looking good, when we are not we are not."

Simply then - play it slow!

I honestly think we can win this. The non-expectancy on our part just makes me feel positive. Plus the fact loyal (and annoying) board member "Hogan knows Best" misses the game due to his fathers 60th birthday. He rarely misses games but when he does - we always seem to win - and it just seems destined that we finally win at this stadium and he misses it!. And it'd be more sweeter if we did - because he'd be gutted!

And it may sound daft but the fact this game is a night fixture also helps. Just think back - all last season, we did not play well in the sun!! Night fixtures suit us.

Should be a great day out - can't wait. We don't expect to win with our bad record there - but feeling like that will make it so, so much more a better feeling if we do manage it!

20 Man Squads

Wigan: Richard Mathers, Mark Calderwood, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Trent Barrett, Thomas Leuluai, Stuart Fielden, Mick Higham, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Gareth Hock, Phil Bailey, Sean O’Loughlin, Liam Colbon, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Michael McIlorum, Joel Tomkins, Eamon O’Carroll, Thomas Coyle.

Warrington: Stuart Reardon, Chris Hicks, Martin Gleeson, Matt King, Kevin Penny, Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan, Adrian Morley, Jon Clarke, Paul Rauhihi, Louis Anderson, Ben Westwood, Vinnie Anderson, Mark Gleeson, Rob Parker, Paul Johnson, Steve Pickersgill, Chris Riley, Andrew Bracek, Mike Cooper.

Key Absentees

Wigan: Paul Prescott (medial ligaments), Karl Pryce (foot).

Warrington: Chris Bridge (ruptured achilles tendon), Simon Grix (broken ankle), Paul Wood (shoulder), Ben Harrison (compassionate leave).

Match Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

2008 Record with this Referee

Played 0 Won 0 Lost 0

In 2007 we Won 7 and Lost 4 of 11 matches Ganson took charge. He sin binned Mark Calderwood twice for holding down last year and took charge of all 3 of our 2007 play off matches - putting 3 players on report in the process.

Video Referee

Richard Silverwood

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
2nd Wigan Warriors 4 3 0 1 125 82 +43 6
3rd Warrington Wolves 4 3 0 1 121 96 +25 6

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Warrington Draws Success
All Time 206 116 83 7 58%
All Time at Wire 103 48 51 4 48.5%
Super League 30 21 8 1 71.6%
SL at Wire 14 7 6 1 53.5%
At H.Jones Only 4 0 4 - 0%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
1st March 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 4 Won 28-14
22nd February 2008 Hull FC (A) SL13 Round 3 Lost 22-24
15th February 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 2 Won 28-16
9th February 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 1 Won 47-28
27th January 2008 Widnes (A) Friendly Won 42-18
20th January 2008 Bradford (A) Friendly Won 28-16

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
2nd March 2008 Catalans (H) SL13 Round 4 Won 38-18
24th February 2008 Hull KR (A) SL13 Round 3 Won 29-28
15th February 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 2 Lost 22-30
8th February 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 1 Won 32-20
27th January 2008 Salford (A) Friendly Won 22-18
13th January 2008 Wigan (H) Friendly Won 30-22

Last 6 Results v Warrington Away

Date Opposition
5th August 2007 Warrington Wolves 43 Wigan Warriors 24
23rd July 2006 Warrington Wolves 22 Wigan Warriors 20
15th May 2005 Warrington Wolves 28 Wigan Warriors 22
28th May 2004 Warrington Wolves 34 Wigan Warriors 18
3rd August 2003 Warrington 16 Wigan 18 (Wilderspool)
26th August 2002 Warrington 18 Wigan 40 (Wilderspool)

Rankings

- Wigan Opposition
Attacking Rank 2nd Best in League 3rd Best in League
Av. Points Scored Per Game 31.25 30.25
Tries Scored 20 23
Defensive Rank 2nd Best in League 8th of 12
Av. Points Conceded Per Game 20.5 24
Tries Conceded 14 17
Home/Away Record 50% Away 100% Home Record

Super League 13 Stats

Top 6 Try Scorers
Wigan
Darrell Goulding 3
Pat Richards 3
Mike McIlorum 2
Thomas Leuluai 2
George Carmont 2
Harrison Hansen 2

Warrington
Chris Hicks 6 - League Leader
Paul Johnson 3
Vinnie Anderson 2
Ben Westwood 2
Martin Gleeson 2
Chris Bridge 2

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 22
Warrington: Lee Briers 14

Goal Kick Success
Wigan:
22 from 26 attempts - 84.6% - 4th Best in League
Warrington: 14 from 23 attempts - 60.8% - Joint Worst in League

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 56 (3 tries, 22 goals) - League Leader
Warrington: Lee Briers 32 (1 try, 14 goals)

Hot

Pat Richards: Scored tries in last 3 consecutive matches.
George Carmont
: Scored in last 2 matches.
Harrison Hansen: 6 tries in 2008 (incl. Pre Season).

Cold

Mick Higham: Failed to score in his last 25 Super League away matches (April 06).
Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 32 matches home or away (Feb 2007).
Sean O'Loughlin: Failed to score in an away match since May 2007 (Leeds)

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
West Stand (Visitors Terrace) £16 £10
North Stand (Reserve Seating) £23 £15
East Stand (Home Seating) £18 £10
South Stand (Home Terrace) £16 £10

Halliwell Jones Stadium Information

Directions By Car: Leave the M62 at junction 9 and follow the signs for the Town Centre along the A49. Take 2nd exit at the roundabout onto A49 Newton Road for about 2 miles. Turn right onto Pinners Brow and turn right at the small island onto Winwick Street.

Car Parking: Warrington Borough Council have introduce a controlled parking zone. Controlled zones are clearly marked and fines will be imposed for illegal parking. There are numerous car parks both private and public that are within easy walking distance of the Stadium. Charges are at owners discretion. Tesco Shopping Centre car park is strictly for Tesco customer use.

Directions By Train: Warrington Bank Quay Station (trains from Wigan North Western) is approximately 1 km from the Stadium and serves the west coast mainline.

The journey from Wigan takes just 9 minutes with all Virgin Trains to London Euston or Birmingham stopping there.

Upon exiting the station, the stadium is a walk across the town centre in a North West direction. Follow any signs for Warrington Central Train Station and you'll end up seeing the ground.

Trains from Wigan North Western to Warrington Bank Quay depart at 41 & 59 minutes past each hour. Returning Trains are at 8:13pm, 8:54pm with the last direct train back to Wigan at 9:54pm.

Warrington Central Station is located very close to the stadium on a Liverpool to Manchester line but no direct trains from Wigan serve this station.

Local Pubs: Most Wigan fans will congregate in the Lord Rodney which is located directly opposite the stadium at the opposite end from our away stand. The Rodney does food and there is plenty of space inside and outside. There is also the Red Lion close by and the "Original Wire" is on the other side of Manchester Road

UK Media Coverage

TV: Live on from 5:55pm
Radio in Wigan: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will carry full match commentary from 6pm.
National Radio: No Commentary
Radio at Match: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will carry full match commentary from 6pm. BBC Radio Merseyside on 1485AM will also carry full match commentary.
Internet Audio: Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage

Australia: Delayed - Thursday 13th March 10:30pm Fox Sports 3
New Zealand: LIVE - Sunday 2nd March on Sky Sport 3 at 7am.

Away Match Betting Check with Oddschecker.com

Team Odds
Warrington 4/7 (Fav)
Wigan 7/4
Match Draw 20/1

Best Handicap Match Betting with Oddschecker.com

Wigan have a 4 point start at odds of 10/11. Draw 16/1

First Try Scorer Match Betting with Oddschecker.com

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Weather Forecast

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 4 points.

Comments
HPW on March 06 2008 - 17:22
Where does everyone get this Warrington "big spenders" from. The way I see it is that they have spent the same as everyone else except maybe Cas who are probably not spending to the cap limit, Wigan, Saints and Bradford who will as in past years probably spend more than the limit. Promises to be a good game with, for my money the two best halfbacks in the league on the same pitch (Barrett and Monaghan). I just hope the game is all about the players and the ref lets it flow. I'll go with the bookies and take Warrington to win by 4. If you hadn't guessed I'll be shouting for Wires. Good site you have here and this is a good article, well done. Enjoy the game and I just hope one of us stops the SL trophy going back to Leeds after Gary Hetheringtons deluded words this week.
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