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Match Preview: Wakefield (A) 25.05.08 @ Belle Vue
Posted by Bilko on May 22 2008 - 00:38

Wakefield Wildcats v Wigan Warriors - Super League XIII Round 15..
Sunday 25th May 2008. Kick Off 3:30pm at Belle Vue.

Well Wigan go to Wakefield on Sunday hoping to end a four year hoo-doo. They've not won in the league at Belle Vue for that long. The last win was May 2004 just after the Cardiff cup final loss to Saints. We won 20-14 on a roasting hot day I seem to remember.

We did win at Belle Vue in the cup in April 2006 but apart from that its been four miserable league defeats in a row.

Saints coach Daniel Anderson described Belle Vue as the one place he hates to visit. I'd second that - its an awful ground to visit (whilst on the subject - £17!! Bit steep innit?). It plays into Wakefield's hands though. They've won 5 of 6 at home this year but only 1 win from 7 on the road. Says a lot perhaps?

Wigan need a big performance from the pack. Wakefield's pack is, according to the stats, the leagues weakest. They are the only side not to have a player in the leagues top 25 for both metres made and ball carries. In fact there second highest meter maker is a centre (Ryan Atkins) behind Oliver Wilkes!!

That lack of go forward makes Wakefield the best in play kicking side in the league and in this department Danny Brough is a natural. Always a good consistent performer when ever I see him - not sure what he was doing in National League 1 last year. Maybe being loyal and not dumping on his Cas contract just because they went down, but whatever the reason he was far better than that level and I think he's proved that this year.

Wigan have saved some of the worst performances for Belle Vue in the recent past. The 40-14 loss in April 2006 for me was probably my lowest point as a Wigan fan. Ok I've witnessed two record defeats and the Cardiff disaster earlier this month but to go down so heavily to them who were also struggling at the time was pretty bad! We stood there in heavy rain to see us 24-0 down after 20 minutes. Still it was a result that saw off Evil Millward though!

Last year's showing was also a shocker. It came off the back of a break for the mid season international and another dire first half showing saw us going down 32-6 and again we stood in Heavy Rain once more (when its bad at Wakefield, its bad!).

Wigan of course are without Sean O'Loughlin who has been ruled out for 12 weeks with a broken shoulder blade. We'll miss his work rate without a doubt. He is our top tackler and is the leagues joint top marker tackler with Harrison Hansen and James Roby. Hansen is proving to be as valuable in defence as O'Loughlin so I'd just slot him in at loose forward.

Whether we miss O'Loughlin as a captain - well it doesn't really matter what I think because simply we shall find out in the next 12 weeks won't we.

So can we win? Well it depends which Wigan team turns up. The inconsistency's of last season are clearly still there. Look good one week, shocking the next. Start games poorly, end them brilliantly! If only we could learn to balance the two like a gymnastic we'd be laughing! If we are close at the break I fancy us to come home with 2 points.

Fact

Wigan have made the least amount of errors of the 12 SL clubs this year. CLAP (Actually 8 errors less that joint 2nd best so well done lads)

BUT.....

Have conceded second most penalties! WALL

Match Referee

Ben Thaler  - Age 26
First Pro Game: Leigh v York - July 1st 2001
First Super League Game: London 70 Leigh 16 - May 29th 2005
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Hull FC 16 - 15th September 2006

2008 Record with this Referee

Match Result Pens
Awarded
Pens
Against
Hull KR (H) Won 18-12 11 7
Bradford (A) Lost 12-26 5 13

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 14 8 0 6 305 328 -23 16
8th Wakefield Wildcats 14 7 0 7 303 339 -50 14

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Wakefield Draws Success
All Time League 120 81 39 - 67.5%
All Time at Wakefield 61 30 31 - 49.1%
Super League 21 15 5 - 71.4%
SL at Wakefield 11 7 4 - 37.5%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
16th May 2008 Warrington (H) SL13 Round 14 Won 38-14
12th May 2008 Whitehaven (H) C.Cup Round 5 Won 100-8
4th May 2008 St Helens (N) SL13 Round 13 Lost 16-57
27th April 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 12 Lost 12-26
20th April 2008 SM Pia (H) C.Cup Round 4 Won 74-04
11th April 2008 Catalans (H) SL13 Round 11 Lost 24-26

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
16th May 2008 Leeds (A) SL13 Round 14 Lost 12-58
11th May 2008 Barrow (A) C.Cup Round 5 Won 58-06
3rd May 2008 Castleford (N) SL13 Round 13 Won 54-16
26th April 2008 Harlequins (H) SL13 Round 12 Won 24-20
20th April 2008 Salford (A) C.Cup Round 4 Won 38-08
12th April 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 12 Won 18-16

Last Six Meetings at Belle Vue

Date Opposition
1st July 2007 Wakefield Wildcats 32 Wigan Warriors 06
13th May 2006 Wakefield Wildcats 10 Wigan Warriors 08
7th April 2006 Wakefield Wildcats 40 Wigan Warriors 14
2nd April 2006 Wakefield 22 Wigan 32 (C.Cup Round 4)
19th February 2005 Wakefield Wildcats 18 Wigan Warriors 16
23rd May 2004 Wakefield Wildcats 14 Wigan Warriors 20

Super League 13 Team Stats

- Wigan Wakefield
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 9th of 12
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 21.7 20.5
Tries Scored 50 47
Defensive Rank 7th of 12 9th of 12
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 23.4 24.1
Tries Conceded 56 57
Home/Away Record Won 3 of 7 Away Won 5 of 6 at Home
Team Goal Kick Success 52 from 66  - 78.7% 47 from 60 - 78.3%
Metres Made 18253m (5th Best) 16879m (Worst in Lge)
Top Ball Carries 2820 (7th) 2584 (Worst in Lge)
Tackles 3910 (10th of 12) 3990 (8th of 12)
Offloads 170 (6th of 12) 130 (Worst in Lge)
Attacking Kicks 153 (4th Best) 168 (Best in League)
Runs from Dummy Half 451 (7th of 12) 430 (8th of 12)
Tackle Busts 465 (2nd Best in Lge) 336 (6th of 12)
Marker Tackles 459 (Best in League) 360 (7th of 12)
Clean Breaks 74 (7th of 12) 69 (3rd Worst in Lge)
40/20 Kicks None so Far 1
Kicks in General Play 263 (4th Best in Lge) 294 (Best in League)
Missed Tackles 14 (4th Best in Lge) 16 (6th of 12)
Errors 131 (Best in League) 139 (3rd Best in Lge)
Penalties Conceded 133 (2nd Worst in Lge) 129 (3rd Worst in Lge)

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on www.superleague.co.uk

Super League 13 Player Stats

- Wigan Wakefield
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 7
George Carmont 6
Darrell Goulding 5
Liam Colbon 5
Harrison Hansen 4
Thomas Leuluai 4
Sam Obst 8
Ryan Atkins 6
Scott Grix 6
Jamie Rooney 4
Luke George 3
(7 Players) 2
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 51 Danny Brough 41
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 130 Danny Brough 90
Top Try Assists Thomas Leuluai 10 Danny Brough 12
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1613m Oliver Wilkes 1327m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 255 D.Sculthorpe 166
Top Tackler Sean O'Loughlin 433 Sam Obst 330
Top Offloader George Carmont 22 Danny Sculthorpe 23
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 58 Danny Brough 79
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 95 Sam Obst 68
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 48 Richard Moore 36
Top Marker Tackles O'Loughlin/Hansen 53 D.MacGillivray 38
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 11 Danny Brough 10
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far Danny Brough 1
Top General Kicks Thomas Leuluai 97 Danny Brough 147
Top Missed Goals Pat Richards 13 Danny Brough 11
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 42 Richard Moore 37
Top Errors Sean O'Loughlin 15 Ryan Atkins 16
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 15 Jamie Rooney 15

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on www.superleague.co.uk

Hot

Trent Barrett: 5 tries in last 2 matches.

Cold

Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 45 matches home or away (Feb 07).

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
Ground Terrace £17 £8

Odsal Stadium Information

Directions By Car from Wigan via M62: Leave at Junction 31 and take the A655 towards Wakefield. Turn right and join the A638 go under the railway bridges, head straight on and you will see Superbowl 2000 on the left hand side, Belle Vue is just beyond on the left.

From the M1: Leave at Junction 39 Take the A636 Denby Dale Road towards Wakefield. At the first Roundabout (Asdale Road) carry straight on towards the city, you will see the Campanile Hotel on your left hand side, bear right under the railway bridge and continue towards the city with Wakefield Park on your left hand side. You will now see a mini-roundabout and some arches, go straight across the roundabout and under the arches, take a right at the next roundabout and head along Ings Road with Sainsburys and Homebase on your right hand side. Follow the signs for the A638 Doncaster Road. Once on Doncaster Road the ground is on the Right hand side after about half a mile.

Car Parking: No parking at ground, so street parking. Try Sugar Lane area near cemetery.

Nearest Train Station: Wakefield Westgate (1 mile from ground)

Local Pubs: There is "The Coach House" and there is also a Wetherspoons in the town centre called "The Six Chimneys".

UK Media Coverage

TV: No TV Coverage
Radio in Wigan: The match will be the main commentary game on BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM
National Radio: N/A
Radio at Match: No local coverage as BBC Radio Leeds will be doing full match commentary on Leeds United at Wembley.
Internet Audio: Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage

N/A

Away Match Betting Check with Oddschecker.com

Team Odds
Wigan 4/6 (Fav)
Wakefield 6/4
Draw 20/1

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Wakefield have a 4 point start at odds of 10/11

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 2 points.

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