Match Preview - Hull KR v Wigan

Match Preview - Hull KR v Wigan

Wigan return to Super League action this weekend as they head to East Hull to face a new-look Hull Kingston Rovers side.

The Cherry and Whites will be looking to return to winning ways after the golden point 14-12 defeat to Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Series classic last Saturday at the DW. Rovers seem to be good opponents for the Warriors to do exactly that owing to the fact they've drawn one and won 13 of the last 14 encounters between the pair.

Rovers, who welcomed 13 new players to the club during the close season, go into the game on the back of two defeats having lost to Leeds in the opening weekend before going down to Wakefield in round 2.

Wigan could come up against two familiar faces with former centre Darrell Goulding and loanee Greg Burke likely to feature for the home side.

Team news

Shaun Wane welcomes Sam Powell back after the half-back missed last week's game with Brisbane through suspension whilst James Greenwood could be set for a first League appearance of the season. Greenwood spent 2014 on loan with London Broncos and takes the place of Dom Crosby.

Matty Bowen drops out of the squad after missing much of training last week which means Ryan Hampshire could be set to deputise at fullback.

French forward Kevin Larroyer looks set to make his first competitive appearance of 2015 after picking up a facial injury during the Rovers' pre-season game with Warrington, Larroyer replaces centre Kris Welham in the squad.

Hooker John Boudebza and prop Ryan Bailey look set to make their home debuts. 

Squads

Wigan Warriors (from): John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Josh Charnley, Tony Clubb, Liam Farrell, Connor Farrell, Anthony Gelling, James Greenwood, Ryan Hampshire, Michael McIlorum, Larne Patrick, Sam Powell, Dan Sarginson, Matty Smith, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Joel Tomkins, Logan Tomkins and George Williams.

Hull Kingston Rovers (from): Mitch Allgood, Ryan Bailey, Maurice Blair, John Boudebza, Greg Burke, Terry Campese, Keal Carlile, Ben Cockayne, Kieran Dixon, Darrell Goulding, James Green, Graeme Horne, Albert Kelly, Kevin Larroyer, Josh Mantellato, Tyrone McCarthy, Liam Salter, Ken Sio and Adam Walker.

Last five meetings

14/08/2014 Hull Kingston Rovers 14-14 Wigan Warriors, KC Lightstream Stadium, 6,801

14/03/2014 Wigan Warriors 34-20 Hull Kingston Rovers, DW Stadium, 12,801
02/08/2013 Wigan Warriors 21-16 Hull Kingston Rovers, DW Stadium, 12,194
12/05/2013 Hull Kingston Rovers 14-46 Wigan Warriors, KC Lightstream Stadium, 4280
01/04/2013 Hull Kingston Rovers 6-84 Wigan Warriors, KC Lightstream Stadium, 7894

Form - Wigan Warriors (DWL)

Thu 5th Feb Widnes Vikings (a), drew 22-22
Fri 13th Feb Huddersfield Giants (h), won 24-16
Sat 21st Feb Brisbane Broncos (h), lost 12-14

Form - Hull Kingston Rovers (LL)

Sun 8th Feb Leeds Rhinos (h), lost 30-40

Sun 15th Feb Wakefield Wildcats (a), lost 24-44

League positions (coming into the round)

 

 

  P

  W

  D

  L

  For

  Ag

  Pts

  5.

  Wigan

  2

  1

  1

  0

  46

  38

  3

  11.

  Hull KR

  2

  0

  0

  2

  54

  84

  0

Random stats

- Albert Kelly (Rovers) and Joel Tomkins have scored three tries in just two SL games this year.

- Ken Sio has made 12 tackle busts in the first two games of the season, John Bateman has made 11.

- Anthony Gelling has made the most metres for Wigan this year (250).

- John Bateman has made six clean breaks in this season, the highest in Super League.
- Wigan have are unbeaten in 14 games with Hull KR wining 13 and drawing one.

Try scorers this season (SL only)

Wigan                                      Hull Kingston Rovers

Joel Tomkins 3                        Albert Kelly 3
Anthony Gelling 2                   *six players on one try
*Four players on one try        

Goals (SL only)

Matty Smith (Wigan) 3
Josh Mantellato (Hull Kingston Rovers) 9

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