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Match Preview: Hull KR (A) - 15th April 2011
Posted by Bilko on April 14 2011 - 13:51

Hull Kingston Rovers v Wigan Warriors - Engage Super League XVI Round 10.
Friday 15th April 2011. Kick Off 8:00pm at Craven Park.

Match Preview

Pfft. Quiet week. Not much happening. No, seriously if I had a pound for every time I've been asked about the Michael Maguire coaching situation during the course of this week I'd be en route to the Bahamas right now let me tell you!

I'm not sure anyone knows what's really going on but personally I just want it sorted. This lingering over a decision is frustrating to say the least and is not helping the team. I think we saw that big style against Catalan last week.

It might also explain a rough few weeks we've had, who knows, but Wigan need to get their season back on track sooner rather than later. Easter is on the horizon and this period will go a long way to sorting the wheat from the chaff at the top of Super League.

First thing Wigan need to do is get back to basics defensively. In our first five league games we were averaging just 12 points conceded per match, an average that was way better than what we were producing even last season. In our last three games however we've conceded an average of 31 points per match and that average is on a par with the worst defence in the league, who are Harlequins incidentally.

Now the attack on paper doesn't look too bad. 28 points last week and 22 the week before are not bad returns but the reality is we've scored 36 of those 50 points in the final 15 minutes of each game. It show's our fitness is good I suppose but we've got to be doing better than that.

Looking at the stats, if you combine the first ten and last ten minutes of each game we've crossed the line 15 times. Between 10 and 70 minutes we've crossed the line just 20 times. Clearly that suggests something isn't quite right in the middle of the game. We are missing something off the bench.

That something is the alternative hooker for me because you look at the power options on the bench and I can't find too much fault. Lee Mossop has been superb I think, Liam Farrell always gives his all, Chris Tuson likewise and Jeff Lima, for his critics, has been right up there for making metres in our team this year.

I'm not sure if its just us simply missing Mark Riddell or just missing any hooking alternative off the bench (maybe it's a bit of both) but last year Mike McIlorum was the perfect foil to Riddell. Mike Mc likes to get his head down from dummy half and run directly at defenders whereas Piggy wasn't really like that. He would spot the runners and find them. It was perfect variety and that is missing this year.

I'm not saying Mike Mc has done bad but I just think we get too predictable playing the same hooker for 80 minutes, especially if a plan B is needed. We seem to have got clamped down around the play the ball area in recent games. I know Tommy Leuluai is supposed to be the alternative but it really hasn't happened this year with injuries to Paul Deacon and Brett Finch. I'm not sure I like the idea of Tommy starting at Scrum Half then switching to hooker anyway. I'd much prefer to see a hooker coming off the bench. Still we are likely to see Tommy in at hooker at some point on Friday with Deacon returning and Finch on the bench, so we'll have to see how it pans out.

Speaking of Deacon, his return is much needed and I hope he is going to last more than 15 minutes before going off with a head injury. I've moaned about our poor kicking for a few weeks now but the proof is in the pudding - we dropped to rank last for attacking kicks per game in Super League after the Catalan game.

Elsewhere it seems both Darrell Goulding and Stefan Marsh will be dropped after the Catalan display with Joel Tomkins switching back to centre and Josh Charnley coming back in on the right wing. I'm pleased about that to be honest. Although Charnley was punished under the high bomb against Warrington, I think he is a bigger attacking threat than both Marsh and Goulding. Josh has scored 10 tries in 12 Super League appearances to date, that's not a bad return for a 19 year old.

For Rovers, well I think it fair to say they have struggled at times in Michael Dobson's absence. Although Blake Green has proven to be a useful signing with almost a quarter of Rovers tries this season have seen him provide the final pass or kick. Kris Welham is proving a big threat in the centres as well. He is Super League's top try scorer having scored 9 of Rovers 39 tries this year.

But like I said earlier defence is the key for Wigan. If we get back to basics in that department we will win. Look at Rovers winning results in recent times - 38-28, 40-22, 34-22, 44-18, 28-26, 49-24, 20-16. Most of the wins are offensive shoot outs, they very rarely win off the back of good defence and don't seem to like slow games so it's up to us to do what we've done in our last three visits to Hull KR and keep them very quiet in attack.

I actually think that Friday is more about the performance than the result. I think I'd be far happier with a good performance and a defeat than a poor performance and a nicked win. I just want us to get back into a good groove in both attack and defence ahead of Good Friday. Let's hope that happens with a big victory!

19 Man Squads

Wigan
IN:l Paul Deacon, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell
OUT:l Darrell Goulding, Dom Crosby, Jack Hughes
Full 19: Sam Tomkins, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Stefan Marsh, Josh Charnley.

Hull KR
IN:l Craig Hall, Jason Netherton
OUT:l Louis Sheriff, Scott Wheeldon
Full 19: Kris Welham, Jake Webster, Liam Colbon, Blake Green, Rhys Lovegrove, Ben Fisher, Joel Clinton, Ben Galea, Scott Murrell, Liam Watts, Jason Netherton, Matt Cook, Josh Hodgson, Craig Hall, Michael Vella, Sam Latus, Willie Mason, Scott Taylor, Ben Cockayne.

Match Referee

Thierry Alibert (France) - Age 39
First Pro Game: Northern Ford Premiership Match - 2001
First Super League Game: Leeds 46 Huddersfield 8 - 11th July 2008
First Wigan Game: Harlequins 18 Wigan 24 - 28th February 2009

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 7 and Lost 3 from 10 appointments.
This Season: Won 0 and Lost 2 from 2 appointments.

Video Referee

N/A

Current Super League XVI League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 8 4 2 2 182 153 +29 10
11th Hull Kingston Rovers 9 3 0 6 216 260 -44 6

Super League Team Stats - Averages per Game

- Wigan HKR League Best League Worst
Attack Points per Game 22.7pts

24pts

Castleford 32.6pts Wakefield 19.5pts
Defence Pts Agst per Game 19.1pts

28.8pts

Hudds'field 14.2pts Harlequins 31.1pts
Tries Scored per Game 4.1

4.3

Castleford 5.6 Wakefield 3.4
Tries Conceded per Game 3.2

5.2

Huddersfield 2.5 (2 Teams) 5.4
Metres Made per Game 1282m

1196m

St Helens 1479m Hull KR 1196m
Ball Carries per Game 209.6

191.3

St Helens 230.6 Hull KR 191.3
Av.Metres per Ball Carry 6.11m

6.25m

Hudds'field 6.64m Salford 5.94m
Tackle Busts per Game 23

18.2

Hudds'field 29.4 Wakefield 17.5
Clean Breaks per Game 4.3

5

Leeds 6.1 Bradford 3.4
Offloads per Game 8.1

8.2

Leeds 17 Wakefield 7.6
Attacking Kicks per Game 9.7

10.4

Huddersfield 13.3 Wigan 9.7
Kicks in Gen Play per Game 20

19

Wakefield 21.3 Leeds 16.3
Dummy Half Runs per Game 44.8

20.7

St Helens 48 Hull KR 20.7
Tackles per Game 339.3

313

Wigan 339.3 Castleford 279.6
Marker Tackles per Game 53

43.4

Bradford 51.3 Castleford 34.8
Errors per Game 11.2

11.1

Castleford 10.3

Warrington 15.1
Penalties Against per Game 7.6

7.1

St Helens 5.8 Wakefield 10.4

Individual Player Stats

- Wigan Hull KR League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 4

Kris Welham 9

Kris Welham 9
Top Goal Scorer Paul Deacon 11

Craig Hall 16

Kirk Dixon 40
Top Points Scorer Josh Charnley 26

Craig Hall 44

Kirk Dixon 100
Top Try Assister (2 Players) 4

Blake Green 9

Rangi Chase 13
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 1045m

Ben Galea 879m

James Roby 1768m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 145

Ben Galea 152

James Roby 333
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 32

Welham/Webster 17

Rangi Chase 39
Top Clean Breaker Sam Tomkins 10

(3 Players) 6

J.McGillvray 11
Top Offloader George Carmont 10

Hall/Newton 9

Chris Bailey 24
Top Attacking Kicker Thomas Leuluai 27

Blake Green 42

Danny Brough 71
Top General Kicker Thomas Leuluai 53

Blake Green 75

Danny Brough 122
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 115

Josh Hodgson 62

James Roby 277
Top Tackler Mike McIlorum 273

Liam Watts 246

C.Fitzgibbon 411
Top Marker Tackler Liam Farrell 44

Liam Watts 48

C.Fitzgibbon 74
Worst Miss Tackler Harrison Hansen 16

Ben Galea 25

Stephen Wild 35
Most Errors Josh Charnley 9

Peter Fox 11

(2 Players) 17
Most Pens Conceded O'L'lin/Hoffman 10

Ben Fisher 8

Michael Witt 15

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 10 Wigan 7 Wins Hull KR 4 Wins 0 Draws
At Craven Park Played 5 Wigan 4 Wins Hull KR 1 Wins 0 Draws

Super League Form Table - Last Six League Matches Only

- Team W D L F A Diff Sequence Pts
1 Castleford Tigers 5 0 1 203 110 +93 10
2 Huddersfield Giants 5 0 1 175 82 +93 10
3 Warrington Wolves 4 0 2 198 93 +105 8
4 St Helens 4 0 2 164 109 +55 8
5 Wigan Warriors 3 1 2 122 127 -5 7
6 Hull FC 3 0 3 152 126 +26 6
7 Catalan Dragons 3 0 3 151 148 +3 6
8 Bradford Bulls 3 0 3 150 170 -20 6
9 Leeds Rhinos 2 1 3 164 148 +16 5
10 Hull Kingston Rovers 2 0 4 142 183 -41 4
11 Wakefield Wildcats 2 0 4 112 162 -50 4
12 Salford City Reds 2 0 4 114 174 -60 4
13 Crusaders 1 0 5 112 214 -102 2
14 Harlequins 1 0 5 127 230 -103 2

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 3, Drawn 1 Lost 2

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
8th April Catalan (H) SL 16 Round 9 Lost 28-47
1st April Leeds (A) SL 16 Round 8 Draw 22-22
25th March Warrington (H) SL 16 Round 7 Lost 06-24
18th March Huddersfield (A) SL 16 Round 6 Won 20-06
13th March Hull FC (H) SL 16 Round 5 Won 14-12
4th March Salford (A)

SL 16 Round 4

Won 32-16

Wigan 2011 League Away from Home Record
Played 5: Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 0 (Ranked: Second Best in League) - 80% Win Rate.

Hull KR Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 2 Lost 4

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
9th April Leeds (H) SL 16 Round 9 Won 38-28
1st April St Helens (A) SL 16 Round 8 Lost 16-34
26th March Huddersfield (H) SL 16 Round 7 Lost 16-38
18th March Salford (A) SL 16 Round 6 Lost 18-34
13th March Crusaders (H) SL 16 Round 5 Won 40-22
6th March Castleford (A) SL 16 Round 4 Lost 14-27

Hull KR 2011 League Home Record
Played 4: Won 2 and Lost 2 (Ranked: 6th of 14) - 50% Win Rate.

Previous Six Meetings at Craven Park

Date Opposition Report
22nd August 2010 Hull KR 18 Wigan 38 Click Here
27th March 2009 Hull KR 16 Wigan 30 (Play Off) Click Here
28th June 2009 Hull KR 28 Wigan Warriors 36 Click Here
13th July 2008  Hull KR 39 Wigan Warriors 22 Click Here
9th Sept 2007 Hull KR 24 Wigan Warriors 40 Click Here
10th March 1994  Hull KR 21 Wigan 10 Click Here

Ticket Details

North Stand Seating: Adults £18, Over 60s £13, Students £13, Under 16s £10

UK TV Coverage

Try Highlights Sunday 9:30pm -
Try Highlights Monday 10:00pm -
Try Highlights Monday 11:35pm -

Radio Commentary

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - The match will be the main commentary game whilst also updating on Warrington's home game against Crusaders.

Wish FM (102.4) - The match will be the main commentary game with Mark Wilson and Craig Beck at Craven Park whilst Chris Price will update on St Helens' match against Wakefield.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 10-12 Points.

Weather Forecast

Should be Dry. Bit cloudy but not too much wind.

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