Wigan v Hull KR: Friday Night Preview
A team that currently has the best form in the competition with seven wins from eight, Wigan go into this game third in the Super League table. The Warriors are hunting third-placed Hull down and only two separates the two sides at present.
Hull KR, meanwhile, are still in a relegation dogfight but their fears were slightly eased with a 27-26 Golden Point victory over Castleford. That was their fourth win in seven games, but they sit just two points above London with an inferior points difference to their rivals Leeds and Huddersfield.
The stats don’t make good reading for KR fans either; Wigan have won six of their last seven fixtures against the Robins and have lost just twice against the East Yorkshire club in over a decade.
New signing Bevan French is in Wigan’s 19-man squad as are Joe Greenwood and Ben Flower following lengthy injury lay-offs, but Joe Bullock and the influential Sean O’Loughlin are out.
Loose-forward Kyle Trout is named in Hull KR’s 19-man squad for the first time after signing from Dewsbury Rams, whilst playmaker Will Dagger is recalled following his recent return from a loan spell at Featherstone Rovers. Half-back Mikey Lewis is also selected in Smith’s preliminary squad and could make his Super League debut, but there is no place for winger Craig Hall or forwards Mitch Garbutt and Owen Harrison.
With Danny McGuire using his experience and guile to help KR stay in Super League, there is a slim chance that Rovers could spring a surprise at the DW Stadium on Friday night. However, Wigan have been on fire in recent weeks and if KR aren’t careful, they could be in for a long evening. WIGAN FOR THE WIN
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