Wigan Warriors Match Preview

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30th June 2017

Widnes Vikings take on Wigan Warriors at the The DW Stadium on Sunday 2nd July, kick-off 3:00pm.

The Vikings head into this game seeking their second successive victory and their fourth victory in five games, following recent results over Leigh Centurions, Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons. 

Denis Betts’ side will be wanting to make it three consecutive wins at the DW Stadium following their double success in 2016, with an 18-12 win in the regular season, and an 8-6 in the Super League Super 8s.

 

Tickets

Tickets for this game are available until 4pm on Saturday afternoon. They can be bought through the ticket line on 0151 495 2250 or by visiting the Vikings Superstore, located within Tesco Extra, Widnes. For full ticket information and details on how to purchase, please click here. 

Widnes Vikings earn 25% on all away tickets that are purchased in advance, through the Club. All revenue from tickets purchased on the day, at the away stadium, is given to the opposition.

 

Squad News 

The Vikings make two changes to the 19-man squad that took on Leigh Centurions. Tom Gilmore and Ryan Ince come into the squad to replace Jordan Johnstone and Rangi Chase, who is suspended for two games.. 

Widnes Vikings: Bridge, Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, Craven, Dudson, Gerrard, Gilmore, Heremaia, Houston, Ince, Marsh, Mellor, O’Carroll, Olbison, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley.

Shaun Wane has made two changes to his 19-man squad for Sunday’s game, following their 19-19 draw with Huddersfield Giants last weekend.

Wigan Warriors: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Davies, Farrell, Field, Gelling, Gildart, Isa, Leuluai, McIlorum, Nuuausala, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tierney, S.Tomkins, Wells, Williams.

 

Form 

Denis Betts’ side head into the game in their best form of the 2017 season, with three victories in their last four games. The Vikings have lifted themselves off the foot of the table and could potentially move further up the Betfred Super League table with a win at the DW Stadium on Sunday. 

The Warriors are searching for their first win in the league since April, but have had two encouraging results in recent weeks with a win against Warrington in the Challenge Cup and a battling draw against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium. Shaun Wane will be hoping his side can prevent the Vikings continuing their winning run at the DW Stadium with a victory that can push them back towards the top four.

Widnes Vikings: LLWWLW              Wigan Warriors: LLLLWD

 

Previous Meetings

Wigan Warriors hold a slight edge over the Vikings in recent meetings, winning five of the last eight fixtures between the two sides.

In 2016, the Vikings recorded a historic double over Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium. They beat Shaun Wane’s side 18-12 in March to head to the top of the Super League table, then produced a defensive masterclass in the Super League Super 8s to take an 8-6 victory in September. The Warriors won the fixture at the Halton Stadium. 7-0.

However, Wigan have taken the advantage in 2017. The Warriors secured a 28-26 win in Round Two over Denis Betts’ side, scoring four tries in the final twenty minutes to complete a comeback after being 26-12 down and outplayed for most of the game. 

 

Widnes Vikings Milestones 

If selected:

·     Aaron Heremaia will be making his 75th appearance for Widnes Vikings

·     Lloyd White will pass 150 Super League for Widnes and 350 career points if he scores 5+ points on Sunday 

·     Danny Craven will pass 50 career goals if he manages to score 3+ goals on Sunday.

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