Match Preview - Warriors v Salford Red Devils

Match Preview - Warriors v Salford Red Devils

MATCH PREVIEW - Wigan v Salford Red Devils

Former Wigan Warriors assistant Coach Iestyn Harris brings his Salford Red Devils side to the DW Stadium tonight having won three of their last five games as they look to sneak into the end of season Play Offs.

The teams have met 34 times in Super League, with Wigan winning 30 and Salford the other 4. The Warriors have won their last five competitive meetings against Salford, scoring 191 points in the process.

Thursday's game will be the second meeting between the two sides this season after Wigan cruised to a 25-4 victory at the AJ Bell Stadium back in May, with winger Joe Burgess scoring a brace of tries.

Both sides come into the game on the back of defeats last weekend. A win for the Warriors would see them retake second place in the First Utility Super League.

Team news

The Warriors welcome back Joel Tomkins into the squad for the first time since returning from Saracens RU, in what will be his second debut for the Club if selected. Anthony Gelling returns to the squad after being rested for the Bradford game, he replaces Darrell Goulding who picked up a knock on his knee at the Provident Stadium. Gil Dudson is also named in the squad after completing his three match suspension.

New Zealand full back Kevin Locke has recovered from the injury sustained last Friday to take his place in the Salford Red Devils squad, so Coach Iestyn Harris has named an unchanged nineteen for the trip to the DW Stadium.

Squads

Wigan Warriors: John Bateman, Matt Bowen, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Jack Hughes, Jordan James, Dom Manfredi, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Joel Tomkins, George Williams.

Salford Red Devils: Matty Ashurst, Mason Caton-Brown, Rangi Chase, Niall Evalds, Theo Fages, Darrell Griffin, Josh Griffin, Harrison Hansen, Greg Johnson, Tommy Lee, Kevin Locke, Adrian Morley, Tony Puletua, Steve Rapira, Junior Sa'u, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Jordan Walne, Jason Walton.

Last five meetings

22/05/2014 Salford Red Devils 4-25, Wigan Warriors AJ Bell Stadium, 3706
03/05/2013 Wigan Warriors 46-6 Salford Red Devils DW Stadium, 12,489
01/02/2013 Salford Red Devils 0-42 Wigan Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium, 5383
20/08/2012 Wigan Warriors 38-6 Salford Red Devils DW Stadium, 13,703
30/03/2012 Salford Red Devils 20-40 Wigan Warriors, AJ Bell Stadium, 6774

Last five games - Wigan (LWWWL)

Sun 27th July Bradford Bulls (a), lost 16-8
Fri 18th July Hull FC (h), won 56-10
Sat 12th July Catalan Dragons (a), won 16-37
Sat 5th July London Broncos (a),won 6-58
Fri 27th June St Helens (h), lost 12-16

Last five games - Salford Red Devils (LWWWL)

Fri 25th July Leeds Rhinos (h), lost 18-22
Sun 20th July Hull KR (a), won 18-38
Sat 12th July Hull FC (h), won 35-22
Sat 5th July Huddersfield (a), won 10-36
Sat 28th June Castleford Tigers (a), lost 14-10

League Positions

 

 

 

 P

 W

 D

 L

 For

 Ag

 Pts

 3.

Wigan

 22

 15

 0

 7

 720

 361

 30

 11.

Salford Red Devils

 22

 8

 1

 13

 470

 554

 17

 

Random stats

- Wigan have scored the most tries in SL this season (130) with St Helens second (127). In comparison Salford have scored 87.

- Wigan have missed the least amount of tackles this season (459)

- Wigan have kicked 4 drop goals this season, more than any other team. All four have come from the boot of Matty Smith.

- Salford have made 7018 tackles this season, third only to Leeds (7283) and Widnes (7042).

Try scorers this season (*SL Only)

Wigan Salford Red Devils

Joe Burgess 14 Francis Meli 11
Josh Charnley 14 Junior Sau 9
Liam Farrell 12 Greg Johnson 7

Goals (*SL Only)

Matty Smith (Wigan) 82
Jake Mullaney (Salford Red Devils) 30

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