Well we could be meeting Hull KR at just the right time. They are
in awful form and surprisingly to me some fans are on the back of
coach Justin Morgan after six defeats in a row.|
I caught the end of their game with Cas on
BBC Radio Humberside on Sunday and was surprised here quite a few
texts on the back of Morgan.
They should count themselves lucky they had a quality coach in
Justin Morgan to get them up when he did, and keep them up when he
did. Because if they were still in National League 1, in my
opinion, they would have zero chance of a Super League licence.
Not with them being so close to Hull FC and in a stadium like
I think they've done excellent since they came up.
They gained two excellent and deserved away victories at the JJB
early last year - in perspective we've only lost once at home
since they won at Wigan last may. Again early
this year the match at the JJB was hard fought.
They've won four of six derbies so far against rivals Hull FC
as well and beat Saints at home and almost knocked them out the
Ok they are on a bad run now but it's still better than
visiting Leigh, Batley and Dewsbury. Perhaps I caught the minority
on the radio on Sunday but it all seemed a bit harsh to me.
Rovers big problem has been in attack, which is the worst in the
league. They are second worst in the league for both dummy half
runs and tackle busts and worst for clean breaks.
however have ex Wigan player Michael Dobson who, despite the lack
of results, has come in with three tries in six matches so far. Wigan
need to be wary of him, especially with 40/20 attempts. He has
kicked three already, compared to Wigan who haven't kicked a 40/20
since last August. Hull KR actually lead the league in 40/20 kicks
with 6 in total.
For Wigan, well its nice to have good options
for a winning side. Feka Paleaaesina, Paul Prescott, Sean
O'Loughlin and maybe a debut for Tim Smith are all options, if
fit, for Brian Noble.
The harsh thing is that he could well
bring all four in but nobody really deserves to be dropped after
last week. Not sure I'd throw Smith straight in but Noble may be
tempted to put him on the bench especially with the reserves not
having a game this weekend.
One doubt is George Carmont which
is a blow. He has been outstanding this year. No real flair but he
does a great job. Not only does he
score tries but more importantly he consistently sends the pass
out for his wing partner to score from. That's been a big issue
for Wigan in recent years. I make it 18 tries his various wing
partners partners have scored this season compared to 9 from
wingers on the opposite side. For me he should be our player
of the year this season by a country mile.
If Carmont isn't fit
I'd just play Liam Colbon in his place. Not as effective perhaps
but he never let's us down. Its a better option that switching Pat
back to wing, Phelps back to centre and Mathers in at Full Back
So plenty of options for Noble but the important thing
is that we get the win. I don't think it'll be easy or pretty to
be honest but it's so vital we don't throw away last week's big
win - especially with the derby match to follow.