Written by Callum Walker
Friday 25th September, 20:15, Super League Round 13, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, Wigan Warriors versus Wakefield Trinity Match Preview
Wigan has won five of their last six games after lockdown, including an impressive 36-4 hammering of Hull FC in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup most recently. The Warriors also sit comfortably inside the top four in third place. Wakefield, on the other hand, hasn’t won in the league since March – a seven-game losing run – and, as a result, occupy a bottom place on the ladder.
Wigan boss Adrian Lam makes three changes to his 21-man squad with Ben Flower, Liam Byrne and Chris Hankinson replacing Mitch Clark, Dom Manfredi and Harry Rushton.
|21 Man Squad|
|Jake Bibby||Harry Smith|
|Ben Flower||Jack Wells|
|Oliver Partington||Liam Farrell|
|Ben Flower||Bevan French|
|Joe Greenwood||Chris Hankinson|
|Zak Hardaker||Jackson Hastings|
|Joseph Havard||Willie Isa|
|Thomas Leuluai||Liam Byrne|
|Liam Marshall||Sam Powell|
|Joseph Shorrocks||Harry Smith|
Coach: Adrian Lam
It’s all change for Chris Chester and Wakefield with Alex Walker, Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller, David Fifita, Tinirau Arona, Matty Ashurst, Chris Green and Brad Walker all coming into the 21-man squad.
|21 Man Squad|
|Alex Walker||Connor Bailey|
|Tom Johnstone||Eddie Battye|
|David Fifita||Jordan Crowther|
|Tony Gigot||Jacob Miller|
|Ben Jones-Bishop||Tinirau Arona|
|Chris Green||Craig Kopczak|
|Reece Lyne||Romain Navarrete|
|Jay Pitts||Adam Tangata|
|Kelepi Tanginoa||Bill Tupou|
|Joe Westerman||Kyle Wood|
Coach: Chris Chester
Trinity were mightily unlucky in the last meeting between the two sides when Harry Smith’s drop-goal proved the difference as Wigan ran out 23-22 winners in August. That extended the Warriors’ winning run over Wakefield to three games.
Wigan Warriors by 10