Warrington Wolves Preview

Warrington Wolves Preview

Everything you need to know for Saturday’s Dacia Magic Weekend fixture between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves go head-to-head on Saturday at the Dacia Magic Weekend at Anfield, 7:00pm kick-off.

The two sides are to face each other for the third time in 2019, as Liverpool is set to host the Betfred Super League two-day event for the first time.

Anfield will host the Magic Weekend for the first time.

And there isn’t just two points to play for this weekend, as the fixture is to celebrate 30 years since the two cubs played in The Great American Challenge Match in Milwaukee. The Locker Cup - a trophy that the two sides had played for in pre-season up until 1994, has been re-launched to add to the game’s significance.

Six games, two days, one iconic venue. The Dacia Magic Weekend is back!

All 12 teams will play at Anfield over Saturday and Sunday.

Both teams go into the local clash following defeats last time out, as Wigan lost to Catalans Dragons at the Camp Nou, whilst Warrington were shocked by Hull FC on their own turf.

Can the Warriors get revenge on Warrington from the Coral Challenge Cup Sixth Round loss two weeks ago and or will the Wire respond from an unexpected defeat last week.

Team News

Hooker Sam Powell misses out this week due to a knock picked up in last Saturday’s defeat to Catalans Dragons. Liam Marshall also fails to make the squad after picking up a shoulder injury in the same game, whilst Romain Navarrete drops out.

Half-back Jarrod Sammut returns to the 19-man squad for the first time since picking up a knee injury against Castleford Tigers on 5th April. Jake Shorrocks also returns after missing last weekend’s trip to the Nou Camp with a shoulder injury.

Long-term absentees Liam Farrell, Dom Manfredi and Tom Davies remain on the comeback trail.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Warrington currently sit in second place in the Betfred Super League table after 11 wins from 15 games.

The Wolves are six behind points behind leaders St Helens at the top, but are ten ahead of Wigan who occupy eighth position.

Since becoming Head Coach in 2018, Steve Price has a 65% win rate at Warrington.

Steve Prices’s side are also in the quarter-finals of the Coral Challenge Cup following their victory over the Warriors earlier this month.

However, Warrington go into Saturday’s fixture off the back of a home league 12-19 defeat to Hull FC last week.

In team news, it was confirmed by the club this week that full-back Stefan Ratchford will be out for 12 weeks after rupturing his pectoralis major tendon in the Round 15 game against Hull.

Harvey Livett and Matt Davis come back into the mix whilst Jake Mamo and Tom Lineham both return from injury. Ryan Atkins, Lama Tasi and Ben Westwood all miss out.

Here is Warrington’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

It is 30 years since Wigan and Warrington played in The Great American Challenge Match in Milwaukee, in front of a crowd of 17,773.

The Warriors designed a special kit for the Dacia Magic Weekend to celebrate the anniversary, as the cherry red shirt with a white ‘V’ represents a piece of the club’s heritage.

Click HERE to find out more about the kit and the game itself that occurred in 1989.

The Locker Cup returns for Saturday’s fixture between Wigan and Warrington.

The traditional pre-season friendly between the two sides started in 1938, but it hasn’t been played for since 1995, when Wigan defeat Warrington 38-30.

Click HERE to find out more about The Locker Cup.

Wigan have the best Magic Weekend record in Super League.

Overall, the Warriors have played in 12 Magic Weekend games, winning eight, drawing two and losing two, whilst scoring a total of 324 points and conceding 235.

The Cherry and Whites have not lost at Magic since 2008 when St Helens won 57-16 in Cardiff.

The Magic Weekend will take place at its fifth stadium since it’s formation in 2007.

The blockbuster two-day Super League event has been to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (2007, 2008, 2011), Edinburgh’s Murrayfield (2009, 2010), Manchester’s Etihad Stadium (2012, 2013, 2014) and Newcastle’s St James’ Park (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Liverpool’s Anfield will host this year’s Magic Weekend for the first time.

Tommy Leuluai played in the first three Magic Weekend games for Wigan and scored three tries (one in each of 08, 09 and 10 games).

Of the current squad, Liam Marshall is Wigan’s top scorer at Magic. Marshall is the Warriors’ only player to score a Magic hat-trick following his three tries against Warrington in 2017.

Leuluai (top), Marshall (bottom).

Previous Meetings

In the last ten meetings, Wigan and Warrington both have five wins to their name.

Two weeks ago, the Wolves knocked the Warriors out of the Challenge Cup after a 26-24 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Tommy Leuluai holds his head in his hands at the Halliwell Jones Stadium two weeks ago.

Overall in Super League, Wigan have the advantage with 37 wins.

Wigan’s wins over the Wire include the 2013, 2016 and 2018 Grand Finals.

The two teams have played each other twice at the Magic Weekend (2017 & 2018 and both at St James’ Park, Newcastle). In 2017, the Warriors snatched a 17-17 draw as skipper Sean O’Loughlin did this provided Joe Burgess for an outstanding try…

Last year, Wigan beat the Wolves 38-10 as six tries from Sam Powell, Sam Tomkins, John Bateman, George Williams, Liam Marshall and Tom Davies, plus seven goals from Tomkins sealed a superb victory…

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (in all competitions):

  • Salford Red Devils 26-30 Wigan Warriors, SLR12, AJ Bell Stadium, 22nd April 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 6-4 Castleford Tigers, SLR13, DW Stadium, 27th April 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 18-8 London Broncos, SLR14, DW Stadium, 2nd May 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 26-24 Wigan Warriors, CCR6, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 12th May 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 33-16 Wigan Warriors, SLR15, Camp Nou, 18th May 2019

Warrington’s last five games (in all competitions):

  • Hull KR 6-54 Warrington Wolves, SLR12, KCOM Craven Park, 22nd April 2019
  • Warrington Wolves, 50-19 Huddersfield Giants, SLR13, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 28th April
  • Castleford Tigers 14-26 Warrington Wolves, SLR14, The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, 3rd May 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 26-24 Wigan Warriors, CCR6, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 12th May 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 12-19 Hull FC, SLR15, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 18th May 2019

The Stats

If selected on Saturday, Morgan Escare will reach his 150th career appearance. The Frenchman has played 47 times for Wigan (2017-2019), 91 for Catalans Dragons (2013-2016) and 11 for France (2013, 2015, 2018).

Coach Quotes

Ahead of the game, Head Coach Adrian Lam said: “The history between the two Clubs and this (Locker Cup) particular piece of silverware goes back a long time. There’s something extra to play for there.

“Although with regards to where we sit on the ladder, my priority this week is winning, getting the two points. If we get the two points, we get the cup, it’s very simple.

“There are probably four or five players who may not play this week. Last weekend was the first where we actually had the same team two weeks in a row; so, to now lose four or five players potentially this week is disappointing.

“It’s also a massive game, we know that and whoever we pick we know will stand up and do the job. It’s a week where it’s backs against the wall, but we need to respond as a group, whoever pulls the jersey on.”

Click HERE to read Lam’s preview in full.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Saturday’s showdown will be Chris Kendall. His Touch Judges are Dean Bowmer and Richard Thompson, whilst the Video Referee is Ben Thaler.

Chris Kendall.

Tickets

If you’re still looking for a Dacia Magic Weekend ticket, you can buy them on the day by heading to the Anfield ticket office.

Travel

Looking for travel to the Dacia MagicWeekend? Super League partner Northern are offering fans 25% off! Click HERE for more information.

How to Follow

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Wigan TV

Highlights will be on Wigan TV within two hours after the game and extended highlights 24 hours later. There will also be post-match interviews available, giving Warriors fans comprehensive coverage that you’ll not find anywhere else.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other fixtures

Saturday 25 May:

  • 2:00pm: Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons
  • 4:30pm: Hull FC v Huddersfield Giants

Sunday 26 May:

  • 1:00pm: Salford Red Devils v Hull KR
  • 3:30pm: Leeds Rhinos v London Broncos
  • 6:00pm: St Helens v Castleford Tigers

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