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Everything you need to know for Friday night’s derby clash with St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors make the short trip to local rivals St Helens on Friday night in Round 22 of the Betfred Super League (K.O. 7:45pm).

Adrian Lam’s side will travel to the Totally Wicked Stadium off the back of five straight wins, which has seen the Cherry and Whites rise to fourth in the table.

Saints sit at the top of the league standings having won their last four games, including a 21-10 triumph at second place Warrington Wolves two weeks ago.

Wigan and St Helens have already met twice in 2019, with the latter coming out on top on both occasions in January and April.

The Totally Wicked Stadium.

It’s the biggest derby in Super League. It’s the 2018 League Leaders’ Shield Winners vs the Betfred Super League Champions. It’s a rivalry like no other.

Will St Helens extend their lead at the top and make it a hat-trick of victories against Wigan or can the Warriors get revenge and win their sixth game in a row?

Team News

There is just one change from last week’s squad as Morgan Escare is replaced by Jake Shorrocks.

Sean O’Loughlin (Achilles) misses out for the second week in a row, while Ben Flower (back) continues his recovery and is expected to return in three to four weeks.

Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) remain the only long-term absentees.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

St Helens are the current Betfred Super League leaders after 19 wins from 21 games this season.

Justin Holbrook’s side have lost just twice in 2019 and are eight points clear at the top of the table.

Since taking over in 2017, Holbrook has an 80% winning record as Head Coach. He has won 60 of his 75 games in charge.

In team news, Saints captain James Roby returns to the 19-man squad. The hooker has missed the last four games with a groin injury, which he picked up in the defeat to London Broncos in June.

Aaron Smith also returns after recovering from whiplash he picked up against Warrington.

Joseph Paulo drops out of the squad with a calf strain, while Matty Costello is also replaced.

Here is St Helens’ 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

George Williams picked up three Man of Steel points after last week’s win vs Hull KR. He grabbed a try and an assist and made nine tackles busts.

Liam Farrell scored two Man of Steel points after making an impressive 180 metres and 27 tackles against Hull KR. He also scored two tries and made an assist.

Joe Bullock was four metres behind Farrell, as he made 176 metres in only 34 minutes.

Wigan are seven places higher in the Betfred Super League table than they were in March.

Five months ago, the Warriors sat in 11th place, but ten wins from 15 games has seen Adrian Lam’s side climb to fourth.

The Cherry and Whites are now just two points off third place Hull FC.

Previous Meetings

Overall in Super League, St Helens have the slight advantage with an extra win over the Warriors. There has also been four draws.

In the last ten meetings between Wigan and St Helens, both have won five games each.

They last went head-to-head on Good Friday at the DW Stadium and Justin Holbrook’s men beat Wigan for the second time this season.

The Warriors have won two of their last four visits to the Totally Wicked Stadium with the latest coming in August last year.

Dan Sarginson scored two tries in the 30-10 victory last August.

Last ten meetings:

  • Wigan 10, St Helens 36 (SLR11, 19/4/19)
  • St Helens 22, Wigan 12 (SLR1, 31/1/19)
  • St Helens 10, Wigan 30 (SLS8-R3, 31/8/18)
  • Wigan 6, St Helens 14 (SLR22, 19/7/18)
  • St Helens 21, Wigan 18 (SLR8, 30/3/18)
  • St Helens 16, Wigan 26 (SLS8-R4, 1/9/17)
  • St Helens 22, Wigan 19 (SLR15, 25/5/17)
  • Wigan 29, St Helens 18 (SLR9, 14/4/17)
  • Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8-R3, 19/8/16)
  • Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SLR23, 22/7/16)

Head on a nostalgia trip and watch back classic Wigan vs St Helens encounters with the Wigan TV archive. Simply click HERE.

Form Guide

St Helens’ last five games (Super League):

  • London Broncos 23-22 St Helens, Ealing Trailfinders Sports Club, 9th June 2019
  • St Helens 38-2 Huddersfield Giants, Totally Wicked Stadium, 14th June 2019
  • St Helens 36-10 Leeds Rhinos, Totally Wicked Stadium, 21st June 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 10-21 St Helens, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 28th June 2019
  • Hull FC 12-40 St Helens, KCOM Stadium, 5th July 2019
St Helens celebrate as Jonny Lomax scores a try in the win against Hull FC.

Wigan’s last five games (Super League):

  • Hull KR 18-19 Wigan Warriors, SLR17, KCOM Craven Park, 9th June 2019
  • Leeds Rhinos 14-23 Wigan Warriors, SLR18, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 14th June 2019
  • Huddersfield Giants 22-38 Wigan Warriors, SLR19, John Smith’s Stadium, 21st June 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 28-12 Salford Red Devils, SLR20, DW Stadium, 28th June 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 52-10 Hull KR, SLR21, DW Stadium, 5th July 2019
Liam Marshall celebrates after scoring his hat-trick try against Hull KR, which was his 50th for Wigan.

The Stats

Jarrod Sammut needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career.

The half-back has played ten times for Wigan (2019), 62 for London Broncos (2015, 2017-2018), 38 for Workington Town (2015-2016), 21 for Wakefield Trinity (2014-2015), one for Featherstone Rovers (2014, loan), 40 for Bradford Bulls (2012-2013), 35 for Crusaders (2010-2011) and 38 for Penrith Panthers (2007-2009).

Sammut has also made four appearance for Malta (2006, 2011, 2018).

Sammut has made five starts and five appearances off the bench under Adrian Lam in 2019.

Joe Burgess needs one try to reach 100 for Wigan.

The winger has made 107 appearances in two spells at the Club (2013-2015, 2017-2019).

Coach Quotes

Speaking at a joint press conference on Tuesday, Adrian Lam said: “A win would mean a lot to us. Obviously, we haven’t beaten them this year in the two games we’ve played them.

On the injury front, Lam revealed he will wait on the decision to include Tony Clubb in the matchday squad, after the prop forward came off in the eighth minute with a hamstring injury against Hull KR last week.

The Head Coach alluded to the possible inclusion of 19-year-old Liam Byrne, who has featured three times for first team in 2019.

He said: “We’ll get Tony Clubb to captain’s run and see how he is. He struggled at the start of the week, but he’s settled in ok. It’ll be a decision we make on Thursday.

“Liam Byrne and Jack Wells are in the picture and I’m excited about it. Liam is one of the young kids coming through and I would have liked to have seen more time of him.

“He has played at Swinton this year (on dual-registration) so he’s a big unit and I think he’s got a big future at the Club. We’re trying to get him involved as much as we can; that might be this Friday.”

Click on the link below to read Lam’s full match preview:

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Friday’s game will be Ben Thaler. His Touch Judges are J. Roberts and C. Sharrad.

Ben Thaler.

Tickets

The Club can confirm that there are fewer than 500 tickets left for Wigan fans to buy.

For the first time in 24 years a Wigan and St Helens derby will not be televised, so the only way to watch the ‘Bad Friday’ clash will be in person at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Ticket prices

Tickets are available from the below prices.

East Terrace:

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 65s - £16
  • 19-21s - £16
  • 17-18s - £13.50
  • U17s - £10
  • Under 5s go free

North Stand Seated:

  • Adults - £25.50
  • Over 65s - £19
  • 19-21s - £19
  • 17-18s - £15.50
  • U17s - £10
  • Under 5s go free

Junior Season Ticket holders and Under-5s can claim a free ticket in advance of the game by either visiting the Ticket Office or calling on 01942 311111. Under-5s and Free Junior STH tickets cannot be purchased online. Junior STH wishing to sit in the North Stand can upgrade for £5.

Disabled Tickets

Ambulant disabled tickets are priced as above, with a carer ticket issued Free of Charge.

For Wheelchair tickets, please contact St Helens directly on 01744 455052.

Off-sale date

All tickets will come off sale at 12pm on Friday 12th July. Please note tickets bought after 4pm on Tuesday 9th July will not be posted, and must be collected instead.

Buy Tickets

To purchase your tickets, you can visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office, call 01942 311111 or use our new ticketing website – https://wigan-warriors.talent-sport.co.uk.

Wigan fans celebrate at full-time after last August’s 30-10 win at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Travel

With the high demand for tickets, the Club can also confirm that there will be making another Supporters Coach available for Friday’s game.

You can book your place by calling 01942 311111 or heading to our new ticketing website by clicking HERE.

For information on how to get the the Totally Wicked Stadium, click HERE.

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

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

Thursday 11th July:

  • Hull FC vs London Broncos (7:45pm)

Friday 12th July:

  • Huddersfield Giants vs Catalans Dragons (7:45pm)
  • Leeds Rhinos vs Hull KR (7:45pm)
  • Wakefield Trinity vs Castleford Tigers (7:45pm)
  • Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils (7:45pm)

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