Pre-match report as Wigan Warriors prepare to play Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday, 2pm kick-off.
Adrian Lam’s side set for their second pre-season game in three days after win against London Skolars on Friday.
- Tickets for the game are priced at £10 for Adults and £5 for Under-16s and Over-60s.
Everything you need to know ahead of Wigan’s pre-season trip to Salford Red Devils on Sunday.
Wigan Warriors are gearing up to play their second pre-season game of 2019 as they face fellow Super League side, Salford Red Devils.
Adrian Lam’s first test as Head Coach ended in victory as a Wigan XIII beat London Skolars 34-6 in the Capital Challenge at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) ground on Friday.
And the Cherry and Whites are set for their second game in three days, as they travel to the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday afternoon, 2pm kick-off.
Lam has chosen a strong squad of First Team players who will get the chance to play competitive rugby league for the first time since October’s Super League Grand Final win over Warrington.
Skipper Sean O’Loughlin and winger Joe Burgess will miss the game, as they recover from their respective injuries.
Joe Bullock and Liam Byrne, who both scored tries in Friday’s win, will get another opportunity to stake a claim in Lam’s First Team thoughts ahead of the opening 2019 Super League fixture against St Helens in less than two weeks time.
Morgan Escaré, Chris Hankinson, Romain Navarrete, Ollie Partington and Jake Shorrocks will also double up this weekend and feature against the Red Devils.
Every player against his own lungs. It’s a new year and new start for Lam and his players as it’s time to put all the hard work from pre-season into test. Whilst there will be opportunities to impress, the need for full fitness and minutes in the tank is vital.
In the past six games in all competitions between the two sides, Wigan have won five including two in 2018, as the Warriors opened their campaign with a 40-12 victory. In the reverse fixture at the DW Stadium, the home side thrashed the Red Devils 30-0.
Salford’s most recent win against the Warriors came in Round 13 of the 2017 season, after a 16-31 triumph at the DW. However, the Cherry and White’s have recored 10 away victories at Sunday’s opponents since 2007, with the heaviest being a 42-0 thumping in Round 1 of 2013.
One player who loves to play against Salford is Oliver Gildart, as the England international has scored nine tries in his last seven appearances against the team he was on loan at in 2015.
Ahead of Wigan’s second pre-season game of 2019, Adrian Lam said: “As a player you want to feel like you’ve had some sort of contact or physical contribution. Ninety per cent of the (First Team) players will be playing, but touch wood everyone will be fit for Round One. Fingers crossed we can get through these trials in good shape and go from there.
I’m not really focused on the result, but more the performance of individuals.— Lam
As a former Warrior, Lam played against Salford on numerous occasions at the old Willows Stadium. But he is expecting it to be a lot different as he visits the AJ Bell Stadium for the first time on Sunday.
“The old Willows ground is something I won’t forget and thank goodness it’s gone in some respect,” Lam joked. “I remember sitting in the dressing room hunched over because it was an angle and you couldn’t sit up straight, but I don’t think it’ll be the case this weekend!
“Thanks to Salford as we get an opportunity to play our First Team. I’m not really focused on the result, but more the performance of individuals.”
Salford Head Coach, Ian Watson said: “Wigan will provide the rise in intensity that we are after, and this fits nicely into the increase in intensity that will lead us into the season proper.
“They (Wigan) are very aggressive, and make their presence felt on the field, against any team, so they will both physically and mentally test us. It will show whether we are ready for what is to come in the following weeks.”
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