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Match Preview: Wakefield (H) 28.03.08 @ JJB Stadium
Posted by Bilko on March 26 2008 - 12:41

Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Wildcats - Super League XIII Round 9..
Friday 28th March 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Seems like yesterday we had that long off season wait and now here we are facing a match which marks a third of the season gone. Summer rugby? A third of the season is gone and it's still winter!!

Anyway for this match no excuses for Wigan. It's our third match in eight days and there will inevitably be tired legs but whilst we made the short trip to St Helens and played at home on Monday - Wakefield made the long arduous journey to Perpignan.

Playing four days after returning from France has got to take a lot out of Wakefield. Wigan must capitalise.

We've only ever lost once to Wakefield in Super League. That was back in 2005 when David Solomona scored a controversial 80th minute try.

Before that you have to go back to 16th February 1994 when Wakefield won in Wigan. On that day a young Henry Paul ripped us apart in a 20-13 win at Central Park - and of course Wigan went on to sign him an the end of that season, mainly due to that performance.

Seems amazing to think it - but just 7 days after that dreadful showing at Knowsley Road, we could go back above Saints in the table with a victory here and a Saints home loss to leaders Leeds. We'll have already travelled away to both Warrington and St Helens whilst Saints will have already had us, Warrington and Leeds in their own backyard, I know which position I'd rather be in......if it happens.

Been a lot of arguments on the message board about whether we should stick with Pat Richards at full back. I made my point clear - Pat scores tries on the wing but not at full back. I've nothing against Pat at full back, he does a fine job there but I don't believe the switch is necessary. Richard Mathers is a more than capable full back. Some say he should have to earn his place back in the side but there's been poorer performers on the pitch that him this year. We've seen little of Trent Barrett for example as a try scoring threat. I don't buy this "he needs a dry track argument". If he's waiting for a dry track - Wigan is not the place to be!

Wakefield do have threats in attack like the impressive centre Ryan Atkins and new half back Danny Brough - a Lance Todd winner no less.

But Atkins is expected to return from injury on Friday whilst Brough suffered a dead leg in France. They also have doubts over second rower Brett Ferres, Luke George is out with an ACL tear plus Brad Drew, Tevita Leo Latu, Jason Golden, Damien Blanch and Paul Reilly are out injured.. Not good to have so many out or doubtful on the back of the Easter period.

Everything just points to a Wigan win. We are scoring about 4 points more a game than them and conceding about 4 points less per game. Our home form against Wakefield is immensely strong and Wakefield have not won away yet despite running St Helens and Hull FC close. They haven't won away since last July when they managed to win 23-16 at Leeds.

Hopefully it's a big and comfortable Wigan win but 2 points however is achieved is all that matters.

Historical Fact

In 140 meetings there has never been a drawn clash between Wigan and Wakefield.

Key Absentees

Wigan: Gareth Hock (broken hand), Paul Prescott (medial ligaments), Karl Pryce (foot).

Wakefield: Luke George (ACL tear), Brad Drew (broken hand), Brett Ferres, Tevita Leo Latu (calf tear), Jason Golden, Damien Blanch (shoulder), Paul Reilly, Danny Brough

Match Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham) - Age 42
First Pro Game: Lancashire Lynx 22 Bramley 23 - August 26th 1998
First Super League Game: London 28 Salford 14 - August 7th 1999
First Wigan Game: Salford 18 Wigan 30 - August 20th 2000

2008 Record with this Referee

Date Match Result Pens
Awarded
Pens
Against
Sin
Bins
Red
Cards
16th Feb Cas (H) Won 28-16 10 5 None None

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
4th Wigan Warriors 8 5 0 3 193 191 +2 10
10th Wakefield Wildcats 8 3 0 5 160 218 -58 6

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Draws Opposition Success
All Time 119 80 - 39 67.2%
All Time in Wigan 58 50 - 8 86.2%
Super League 20 16 - 4 80%
SL in Wigan 9 8 - 1 88.8%
At JJB Only 8 7 - 1 87.5%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
24th March 2008 Hull KR (H) SL13 Round 8 Won 18-12
21st March 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 7 Lost 10-46
16th March 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 6 Won 20-19
8th March 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 5 Lost 20-32
1st March 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 4 Won 28-14
22nd February 2008 Hull FC (A) SL13 Round 3 Lost 22-24

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
24th March 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 8 Lost 20-28
21st March 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 7 Won 28-16
14th March 2008 Hull FC (A) SL13 Round 6 Lost 08-18
9th March 2008 Hull KR (H) SL13 Round 5 Won 22-20
2nd March 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 4 Lost 30-34
23rd February 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 3 Lost 18-34

Last 6 Meetings at JJB Stadium

Date Opposition
20th April 2007 Wigan Warriors 44 Wakefield Wildcats 10
7th July 2006 Wigan Warriors 42 Wakefield Wildcats 24
22nd July 2005 Wigan Warriors 28 Wakefield Wildcats 34
25th June 2004 Wigan Warriors 28 Wakefield Wildcats 22
26th March 2004 Wigan 20 Wakefield 4 (Challenge Cup QF)
11th July 2003 Wigan Warriors 38 Wakefield Wildcats 12

Rankings

- Wigan Opposition
Attacking Rank 4th Best in League 8th of 12
Av. Points Scored Per Game 24.1 20
Tries Scored 32 27
Defensive Rank 3rd Worst in League 2nd Worst in League
Av. Points Conc. Per Game 23.8 27.2
Tries Conceded 33 37
Home/Away Record 3 wins from 3 (100%) 4 defeats from 4 (0%)

Super League 13 Stats

Top 6 Try Scorers
Wigan
Darrell Goulding 5
George Carmont 4
Liam Colbon 4
Pat Richards 3
Harrison Hansen 3
Mike McIlorum 3

Wakefield
Ryan Atkins 5
Sam Obst 4
Luke George 3
Brett Ferres 2
Scott Grix 2
Jamie Rooney 2

Top Goal Kickers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 31
Wakefield: Danny Brough 21

Goal Kick Success
Wigan:
32 from 41 attempts - 78%
Wakefield: 22 from 30 attempts - 73.3%

Top Points Scorers
Wigan:
Pat Richards 74 (3 tries, 31 goals) - Joint League Leader
Wakefield: Danny Brough 46 (1 try, 21 goals)

Hot

George Carmont: Scored 3 tries in last 5 matches
Liam Colbon: 3 tries in 3 matches at JJB this season

Cold

Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 36 matches home or away (Feb 07).
Mick Higham
: Longest streak without a try at JJB of any fit regular player.

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
West Stand Gold £19 N/A
West Stand Silver £18 £14
East Stand Silver £17 £13
East Stand Red £16 £12
South Stand (All Ticket) £15 £11
North Stand (Visitors) £14 £10

Ticket Hotline: 0871 66 33 552
Click Here for Stadium Seating Map

UK Media Coverage

TV: No TV Coverage
Radio in Wigan: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have full match commentary from 8pm with updates and some commentary on the earlier 7:30pm Saints v Leeds kick off.
National Radio: N/A
Radio at Match:  BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have full match commentary from 8pm with updates and some commentary on the earlier 7:30pm Saints v Leeds kick off.
Internet Audio: Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage

N/A

Totesport Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan 1/5 (Favourites)
Wakefield 10/3
Match Draw 25/1

Best Handicap Match Betting with Totesport

Wakefield have a 10 point start at odds of 10/11 (Draw 16/1)

First Try Scorer Match Betting with Totesport

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Weather Forecast

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 8 points.

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