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Match Preview: Leeds (H) - 04.07.08 @ JJB Stadium
Posted by Bilko on July 02 2008 - 21:54

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - Super League XIII Round 20..
Friday 4th July 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Wigan's season this year has been like a first timer on the top diving board at Wigan baths. They've often gotten the courage to climb up to the top board but they've never actually dove off - they've always lost the bottle and turned back.

For example they started the season well with 3 wins from 4 but when it came to the crunch derbies at Warrington and St Helens they failed - miserably - both times!

But hey they recovered well to pluck the courage up to try the top board again after home wins over Hull KR and Wakefield and a brilliant away win at Leeds. We were ready to dive but no, we went back again with defeats to Catalans, Bradford and the disgraceful showing in Cardiff.

Then came victories over Warrington and Wakefield before a respectable cup defeat at Leeds. Maybe just maybe we could jump off? Again, no, a defeat in France and a miserable (and lucky) draw at Castleford saw us climb back down.

Now I'm not saying last week's win over Harlequins has got us back on the top board ready to dive, but a win over Leeds will certainly get us ready to try again.

But can they do it? Because Wigan can't suffice with diving off that top board once - they need to be doing it again and again and again before they become title challengers.

I've been saying for weeks - hmmm yeah we'll be ok, we've got seven of our last ten games at the JJB and in the previous two seasons we've finished by winning our last 8 home games. But this year I'm not feeling the momentum going into the final push.

Fact is, if we are to hold any aspirations of a Grand Final challenge we need to win on Friday. We need to be ultra solid in defence and take our chances. We can't afford the silly mistakes and bad penalties against us.

We need to gain some momentum and confidence. A loss on Friday and the end of season is going to be closing in before we've got chance to climb to the baby diving board again - never mind finally jumping off the top!

Match Referee

Ashley Klein  - Age 28
First Pro Game: Workington 9 Featherstone 50 - September 8th 2002
First Super League Game: Huddersfield 26 Wakefield 4 - June 15th 2003
First Wigan Game: Wigan 82 Halton Simms Cross 3 - February 9th 2003

2008 Record with this Referee

Match Result Pens
Awarded
Pens
Against
Total
Catalans (H) Lost 24-26 7 8 15
Warrington (H) Won 08-04 8 8 16

Video Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1st Leeds Rhinos 19 15 0 4 582 278 +304 30
4th Wigan Warriors 18 10 1 7 441 445 -4 21

League Match Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Leeds Draws Success
All Time 160 91 60 9 59.6%
All Time in Wigan 78 59 17 2 76.9%
Super League 38 20 15 3 56.5%
SL in Wigan 17 9 7 1 55.8%
At JJB Stadium 12 6 5 1 54.1%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
27th June 2008 Harlequins (H) SL13 Round 19 Won 38-20
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

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
28th June 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 19 Won 18-12
20th June 2008 St Helens (H) SL13 Round 18 Lost 12-26
14th June 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 17 Lost 24-28
6th June 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 16 Won 38-22
31st May 2008 Wigan (H) C.Cup 1/4 Final Won 23-16
23rd May 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 30-14

Last Six Meetings at JJB Stadium

Date Opposition
12th July 2007 Wigan Warriors 18 Leeds Rhinos 02
17th February 2006 Wigan Warriors 16 Leeds Rhinos 24
2nd September 2005 Wigan Warriors 24 Leeds Rhinos 22
15th April 2005 Wigan Warriors 14 Leeds Rhinos 38
3rd September 2004 Wigan Warriors 12 Leeds Rhinos 12
19th June 2004 Wigan Warriors 26 Leeds Rhinos 22

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Leeds
Attacking Rank 5th out of 12 2nd Best in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 24.5 30.6
Tries Scored 73 104
Defensive Rank 7th out of 12 Best in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 24.7 14.6
Tries Conceded 75 46
Home/Away Record 6 wins from 7 (85.7%) 6 wins from 8 (75%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 11
George Carmont 7
Thomas Leuluai 7
Darrell Goulding 7
Liam Colbon 6
Harrison Hansen 5
Scott Donald 18
Rob Burrow 12
Brent Webb 11
Keith Senior 10
Danny McGuire 7
Lee Smith 5
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 73 Kevin Sinfield 76
Team Goal Kick Success 74 from 92 - 80.4% 79 from 102 - 77.4%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 190 Kevin Sinfield 164
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 15 Brent Webb 15
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1989m Jamie Peacock 2398m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 304 Brent Webb 350
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 540 Kevin Sinfield 523
Top Offloader Iafeta Paleaaesina 29 Kevin Sinfield 39
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 76 Danny McGuire 66
Top General Kicks Trent Barrett 126 Danny McGuire 87
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 116 Matt Diskin 297
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 65 Jamie Peacock 60
Top Marker Tackles Harrison Hansen 62 Kevin Sinfield 41
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 15 Scott Donald 24
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far None so Far
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 42 Matt Diskin 44
Top Errors Thomas Leuluai 17 Brent Webb 21
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 19 Keith Senior 15

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

Hot

Pat Richards: 10 tries in his last 12 matches.
Thomas Leuluai: 4 tries in his last 5 matches.

Cold

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

Locked in a Butchers Freezer.....

Stuart Fielden: 48 appearances since he scored twice at Odsal - Feb 24 07

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New Zealand LIVE Sat 5 July 7:00am 3
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Canada LIVE Fri 4 July 3:00pm (Eastern)

Australia Delayed Thu 10 July 6:30pm

Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan Warriors 2/1
Leeds Rhinos 4/9 Favourite
Match Draw 20/1

Handicap Match Betting

Wigan have a 8 point Start at odds of 10/11 with Sky Bet

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Leeds Rhinos win by 16 points.

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