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Match Preview: Harlequins (H) 27.06.08 @ JJB Stadium
Posted by Bilko on June 25 2008 - 13:51

Wigan Warriors v Harlequins - Super League XIII Round 19..
Friday 27th June 2008. Kick Off 7:30pm at JJB Stadium.

Well there was a big vote in the house of commons a couple of weeks back over whether to allow 42 days detention of terror suspects but Wigan themselves have had their own 42 days detention as that's how long it's been since we last played at JJB Stadium.

Three league away games in a row have seen us pick up three points from six. To be honest I'd have been chuffed to bits with 2 wins from 3 so I can't be too downhearted with what we got.

The disappointing thing for me though is that we've not built up any momentum towards an end of season push. Hopefully Friday's clash with Harlequins will be the start. A big home win is required - a loss and well, we might aswell give up on yet another season.

Harlequins currently lie 8th in the table, two points off a play off spot, but they've only managed to beat current top six opposition once this year - which was actually a good win over league leaders Leeds a couple of weeks back. Their other seven wins all came against sides in the bottom half of the table.

What Wigan need to do is start well. Sounds simple but we start poorly in matches so often. Quins are the exact opposite to us. They start well and then fade away. Only 5 times this year have the Londoners gone in at half time trailing - only St Helens can better that record. So logic suggests if we lead at half time........

One area which should be beneficial to us is goal kicking. Wigan have kicked 69 of 85 attempts in the league this year. The 81.1% success rate is the second best in the league behind only Catalans.

Harlequins success rate is the third worst in the league with 53 goals from 76 attempts (69.7% success). One big reason for poor kicking is they don't have a regular kicker. The duties have been shared between Henry Paul and Rob Purdham.

Speaking of Henry Paul we all remember him as a class act in his early career which saw him play for Wigan between 1994 and 1998. 79 tries and 119 goals in his 147 matches for the club saw him lift quite a few trophies but at the age of 34 it now looks like this maybe a season too far for him.

He might still show the odd bit of class but fact is, he is the leagues top penalty conceding player and also worst in the league for missed tackles. In fact he has a massive 8 more missed tackles that second worst, Sean Long. Surprisingly despite stats like that Harlequins seem keen to resign him for next year. For me Wigan should clearly target him!

One danger man for Wigan could come in the shape of Quins winger Rikki Sherriffe. At Super League level he's had a limited career and maybe should score more tries but in terms of tackle busting, clean breaking and making metres - he is the main man for the Londoners. But when wingers are leading your tackle busting and meter making stats it surely highlights you have a weak pack.

To be fair though, Iafeta Paleaaesina aside, Wigan don't fair much better. The top meter makers in the league are Sam Burgess, Jamie Peacock, Adrian Morley and James Graham. Saints in fact have four players who have made more meters than our top man. But Feka is second best in the league at tackle busting - only Clint Greenshields has busted more times.

Which brings me on to a strange point. I don't think many Wigan fans would disagree when I say that Feka is our best prop. Now I said many times on our message board in the last off season that we should bench Feka because him coming on after 20 minutes or so would a, lift the crowd and b, mentally make the opposition thing "oh bloody hell - here we go".

But have a look at this....

Time of Tries Scored
Minutes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Tries
0-10 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
11-20 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
21-30 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 4
31-40 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13
41-50 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 13
51-60 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10
61-70 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 21
71-80 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 18

Between 21-30 minutes in all our matches this season we've scored just four tries. Why? Feka is coming on around that time so you'd expect us to be stronger then? Maybe its rotating the hooker at that point though which is the issue? Clearly we are a poor first half team and clearly we finish matches very strongly. But the reason we are a poor first half team seems to be that spell between 21-30 minutes. One to discuss on the message board methinks....

Match Referee

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

2008 Record with this Referee

Match Result Pens
Awarded
Pens
Against
Total
Castleford (H) Won 28-16 10 5 15
Wakefield (H) Won 08-04 16 16 32
Catalans (A) Lost 38-45 8 9 17

Video Referee

Phil Bentham

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 17 9 1 7 403 425 -22 19
8th Harlequins 18 8 0 10 379 451 -72 16

League Match Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Opposition Draws Success
All Time 37 24 11 2 64.8%
All Time in Wigan 17 13 3 1 79.4%
Super League 28 18 8 2 67.8%
SL in Wigan 13 9 3 1 73%
At JJB Stadium 9 6 3 - 66.6%

Includes results as Fulham, London Crusaders & London Broncos.

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
22nd June 2008 Castleford (A) SL13 Round 18 Draw 22-22
14th June 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 38-45
31st May 2008 Leeds (A) C.Cup 1/4 Final Lost 16-23
25th May 2008 Wakefield (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 38-30
16th May 2008 Warrington (H) SL13 Round 14 Won 38-14
12th May 2008 Whitehaven (H) C.Cup Round 5 Won 100-8

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
22nd June 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 18 Lost 16-26
14th June 2008 Leeds (H) SL13 Round 17 Won 28-24
8th June 2008 Warrington (H) SL13 Round 16 Lost 24-40
25th May 2008 Hull KR (A) SL13 Round 15 Lost 08-22
18th May 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 14 Won 34-26
11th May 2008 Leeds (H) C.Cup Round 5 Lost 26-36

Last Six Meetings at JJB Stadium

Date Opposition
8th June 2007 Wigan 25 Harlequins 6 (C.Cup 1/4 Final)
9th March 2007 Wigan Warriors 16 Harlequins 12
17th April 2006 Wigan Warriors 18 Harlequins 30
3rd June 2005 Wigan Warriors 18 London Broncos 22
25th April 2004 Wigan Warriors 64 London Broncos 08
28th March 2003 Wigan Warriors 30 London Broncos 34

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Harlequins
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 9th of 12
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 23.7 21
Tries Scored 66 68
Defensive Rank 4th Worst in League 3rd Worst in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 25 25
Tries Conceded 71 77
Home/Away Record 5 wins from 6 (83.3%) 3 wins from 9 (33.3%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 10
George Carmont 7
Thomas Leuluai 6
Liam Colbon 6
Darrell Goulding 5
Harrison Hansen 5
Matt Gafa 10
Michael Worrincy 8
Rikki Sherriffe 5
David Howell 5
Scott Hill 4
Chad Randall 4
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 68 Henry Paul 32
Team Goal Kick Success 69 from 85 - 81.1% 53 from 76 - 69.7%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 176 Henry Paul 81
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 13 Danny Orr 14
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1905m Rikki Sherriffe 1821m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 292 Chad Randall 322
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 518 Karl Temata 509
Top Offloader Iafeta Paleaaesina 28 Rob Purdham 28
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 72 Danny Orr 59
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 110 Chad Randall 273
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 62 Rikki Sherriffe 54
Top Marker Tackles Harrison Hansen 60 Paul/Mbu 48
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 14 Rikki Sherriffe 18
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far None so Far
Top General Kicks Thomas Leuluai 119 Danny Orr 127
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 42 Henry Paul 58
Top Errors Thomas Leuluai 16 David Howell 21
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 17 Henry Paul 24

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

Hot

Pat Richards: 9 tries in his last 11 matches.
Thomas Leuluai: 3 tries in his last 4 matches.

Cold

Richard Mathers: Not scored since Round 1 v Quins (14 matches)

Locked in a Butchers Freezer.....

Stuart Fielden: 47 appearances since he scored twice at Odsal - Feb 24 07

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Totesport Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan No Odds Yet
Harlequins No Odds Yet
Match Draw 20/1

Handicap Match Betting with Totesport

Harlequins have a ? Point Start at odds of 10/11

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 2 points.

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