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Match Preview: Leeds (H) 22.08.08 @ JJB Stadium
Posted by Bilko on August 20 2008 - 21:34

Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos - Super League XIII Round 26..
Friday 22nd August 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Wigan go into this hame still chasing the possibility of home play off match despite the odds being very much stacked against us.

We have to beat Leeds and then St Helens away and hope that Warrington slip up in either of their much easier remaining games against Castleford and Huddersfield.

Meanwhile we still have Bradford on our backs below. If they win both their remaining games and we lose both ours they will take 5th spot off us and send us to Catalans in Round 1 of the play offs.

Personally I'm not fussed if we go to France or play Warrington away first. If given the choice I'd prefer to go to France first week rather than second week but that would mean we end the regular season on a low which would do us no good.

So all Wigan can do is attempt to end the regular season on a high. Whatever will be will be and this Friday's clash with Leeds will be a hum-dinger. The Rhinos players will be desperate to win having lost to us twice in the league this season.

Wigan's best two performances of the season have for me been in the two league encounters with Leeds and another big night on Friday would be just the tonic ahead of a timely two week break going into the business end of the season.

Coach Noble has some selection headaches with the expected return of Trent Barrett. Tim Smith has done a pretty good job covering him last two weeks. Some say play Trent at loose forward but personally I think Joel Tomkins has been superb playing at 13 in recent weeks. He's "hot" in the try scoring stakes further down this match preview with 6 tries in his last 8 matches.

Would be a harsh move to drop Tomkins although he could move him to second row which would mean dropping either Bailey or Hansen? That's probably would will happen but it's a difficult conundrum about whether to upset the balance of a side that hasn't lost for three weeks.

However Barrett and Smith on the pitch together could be a lethal combination. I suppose we've nothing to lose in trying it out. Or maybe one on the bench as an impact player would be better?

A difficult conundrum maybe but a nice on to have. Should be a great game!

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
Catalans (H) Lost 24-26 7 8 15
Warrington (H) Won 08-04 8 8 16
Leeds (H) Won 23-22 10 7 17
St Helens (H) Lost 12-46 8 7 15

Video Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
2nd Leeds Rhinos 25 19 0 6 781 385 +396 38
5th Wigan Warriors 25 13 2 10 616 630 -14 28

League Match Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Leeds Draws Success
All Time 161 92 60 9 59.9%
All Time in Wigan 79 60 17 2 77.2%
Super League 39 21 15 3 57.6%
SL in Wigan 18 10 7 1 58.3%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
15th August 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 25 Won 32-22
9th August 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 24 Draw 16-16
1st August 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 23 Won 66-06
25th July 2008 Huddersfield (H) SL13 Round 16 Lost 04-34
18th July 2008 St Helens (H) SL13 Round 22 Lost 12-46
13th July 2008 Hull KR (A) SL13 Round 21 Lost 22-39

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
15th August 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 25 Won 54-12
8th August 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 24 Won 28-18
2nd August 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 23 Lost 12-22
26th July 2008 St Helens (N) C.Cup Semi Final Lost 16-26
19th July 2008 Catalans (A) SL13 Round 22 Won 37-24
11th July 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 21 Won 46-08

Last Six Meetings at JJB Stadium

Date Opposition
4th July 2008 Wigan Warriors 23 Leeds Rhinos 22
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

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Leeds
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 2nd Best in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 24.6 31.2
Tries Scored 104 139
Defensive Rank 6th of 12 Best in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 25.2 15.4
Tries Conceded 102 65
Home/Away Record 9 wins from 12 (75%) 8 wins from 12 (66.6%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 17
George Carmont 9
Darrell Goulding 7
Thomas Leuluai 7
Liam Colbon 7
Harrison Hansen 5
Scott Donald 20
Danny McGuire 14
Rob Burrow 13
Brent Webb 13
Keith Senior 12
Ryan Hall 8
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 95 Kevin Sinfield 100
Team Goal Kick Success 99 from 129 (76.7%) 112 from 147 (76.1%)
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 259 Kevin Sinfield 213
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 23 Brent Webb 16
Team Meters Made 32156m 35160m
Top Meter Maker Pat Richards 2742m Jamie Peacock 3280m
Team Ball Carries 4788m 5161m
Top Ball Carries Pat Richards 385 Brent Webb 426
Team Tackles 6801 6708
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 747 Kevin Sinfield 717
Total Team Offloads 307 409
Top Offloader George Carmont 40 Keith Senior 49
Team Attacking Kicks 264 241
Top Attack Kicker Trent Barrett 104 Danny McGuire 82
Team Long Range Kicks 460 403
Top General Kicks Trent Barrett 171 Kevin Sinfield 121
Team Dummy Half Runs 708 927
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 150 Matt Diskin 365
Team Tackle Busts 628 749
Top Tackle Buster Iafeta Paleaaesina 82 Jamie Peacock 78
Team Marker Tackles 771 653
Top Marker Tackler Harrison Hansen 89 Kevin Sinfield 73
Team Clean Breaks 142 175
Top Clean Breaker Leuluai/Carmont 19 Scott Donald 27
Team 40/20 Kicks 1 0
Top 40/20 Kicker Trent Barrett 1 None so Far
Total Missed Tackles 30 35
Worst Missed Tackler Andy Coley 58 Matt Diskin 57
Total Team Errors 255 298
Worst Error Maker Thomas Leuluai 24 Brent Webb 27
Total Pens Conceded 209 208
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 28 Jamie Peacock 19

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


Pat Richards: 9 tries in his last 10 matches.
Joel Tomkins: 6 tries in his last 8 matches.
Mick Higham: 4 tries in the last his 6 home matches.


Richard Mathers: Hasn't scored since Round 1 v Quins (18 Games)
Mark Calderwood: Hasn't scored at JJB in league since March v Hull KR

Embarrassingly less prolific than Ricky Bibey.....

Stuart Fielden: 56 games since his last try v Bradford (February 2007)

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Best Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan Warriors 6/4
Leeds 4/7 Fav
Match Draw 20/1

Betting Handicap

Wigan have a 6 point.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Leeds Rhinos win by 14 points.

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