Everything you need to know for Friday night’s Betfred Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Hull Kingston Rovers.
Wigan Warriors return to the DW Stadium on Friday night as they host Hull KR in Round 25 of the Betfred Super League.
It’s been three weeks since Adrian Lam’s side last played on home turf. After a week off following the 46-16 win over Wakefield Trinity, the Warriors got back into the swing of things last Thursday with a 15-14 victory over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
The Cherry and Whites have now won seven of their last eight games in the league, and that form has seen them move within two points of third placed Hull FC and four off second placed Warrington Wolves with five games to go.
As for visitors, Hull KR, they go into Friday’s game off the back of a huge 27-26 Golden Point win over Castleford Tigers last Sunday, as the Robins moved themselves two points above the foot of the table.
Wigan and Hull KR have already met twice this year, with the Warriors coming out on top on both occasions.
A Sam Powell 40-metre drop-goal won the game 19-18 late on for Lam’s side at KCOM Craven Park back in June, while a Liam Marshall hat-trick and a brace from Liam Farrell helped Wigan to cruise to a 52-10 thumping at the DW Stadium last month.
Will the Warriors make it three out of three against the Robins in 2019 and put more pressure on third place Hull FC or can Hull KR cause a surprise at the DW and move further away from threatened relegation?
Speaking to the media earlier this week, Lam confirmed that new signing Bevan French would be available for selection for Friday’s game. Read his match preview HERE.
On Monday, the Club announced that captain Sean O’Loughlin, who suffered a pectoral injury last Thursday against Hull FC, could return to action before the end of the season. However, the loose forward is ruled out for selection this week. Learn more HERE.
The Cherry and White ranks are bolstered this week with the return of two experienced forwards in the shape of Ben Flower and Joe Greenwood. Flower has been out of action following a back injury sustained in Wigan’s win away to Hull KR on 9th June. Greenwood last featured for the Warriors on Friday 28th June against Salford Red Devils at the DW Stadium.
Prop forward Joe Bullock misses out as he recovers from a knee injury sustained vs St Helens on Friday 12th July.
Long-term absentees Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) remain on the comeback trail.
Hull KR are one of four teams level on 28 points at the bottom end of the Super League standings, with nine wins and 15 defeats this season.
However, their relegation fears were eased a little with a dramatic win over Castleford last weekend. Rovers are currently 11th in the league, one place above London Broncos.
The statistics are there to see though for Tony Smith’s side this campaign, as they have the second worst defence and attack in Super League.
The Robins do have some form going into Friday’s game though, with five wins from their last seven league games.
In team news, loose forward Kyle Trout is named in the 19-man squad for the first time after signing for Rovers from Dewsbury Rams on Monday. Will Dagger is recalled following his recent return from a loan spell at Featherstone Rovers.
Half-back Mikey Lewis is also selected in Smith’s squad and could make his Super League debut, but there is no place for winger Craig Hall or forwards Mitch Garbutt and Owen Harrison.
Here is Hull KR’s 19-man squad:
Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern, Mose Masoe, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, Chris Atkin, Danny Addy, George Lawler, Josh Drinkwater, Will Dagger, Mikey Lewis, Daniel Murray, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Kyle Trout.
Overall in Super League history, Wigan have the better form over Hull KR…
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Rovers have not won at Wigan since a 20-12 Super League victory on 15th May 2009.
The Warriors have triumphed in their last ten DW Stadium meetings with the Robins since then.
Wigan have won seven of their last ten outings with Hull KR, including the two games this season.
Last ten meetings:
Wigan 52, Hull KR 10 (SLR21, 5/7/19)
Hull KR 18, Wigan 19 (SLR17, 9/6/19)
Hull KR 24, Wigan 8 (SLR16, 25/5/18)
Hull KR 10, Wigan 28 (CCR6, 13/5/18)
Wigan 44, Hull KR 6 (SLR9, 2/4/18)
Hull KR 18, Wigan 20 (SLR18, 10/6/16)
Wigan 30, Hull KR 16 (SLR8, 28/3/16)
Wigan 12, Hull KR 16 (CCR6, 15/5/15 at Leigh Sports Village)
Wigan 60, Hull KR 0 (SLR13, 1/5/15)
Hull KR 22, Wigan 20 (SLR3, 1/3/15)
Wigan’s last five games (Super League):
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
St Helens 32-10 Wigan Warriors, SLR22, Totally Wicked Stadium, 12th July 2019
Wigan Warriors 46-16 Wakefield Trinity, SLR23, DW Stadium, 18th July 2019
Hull FC 14-15 Wigan Warriors, SLR24, KCOM Stadium, 1st August 2019
Hull KR’s last five games (Super League):
Hull KR 18-10 Hull FC, SLR20, KCOM Craven Park, 27th June 2019
Wigan Warriors 52-10 Hull KR, SLR21, DW Stadium, 5th July 2019
Leeds Rhinos 16-32 Hull KR, SLR22, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 12th July 2019
Hull KR 12-18 Huddersfield Giants, SLR23, KCOM Craven Park, 19th July 2019
Hull KR 27-26 Castleford Tigers, SLR24, KCOM Craven Park, 4th August 2019
Joe Burgess needs one try to reach 100 for Wigan. The winger has scored 99 tries in 109 appearances in two different spells at the Club (2013-2015, 2017-2019).
Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Head Coach Adrian Lam, said: “Every Club is aiming for the top three to give themselves a chance at the competition. The last three months have been pretty good for us and although we feel we’ve still got some improving to do, it certainly helped us with regards to the ladder.
“We feel we have two or three levels left in us yet. We are training really well and our performances have been consistent. We are winning games and there was definitely a semi-final feel about the game last weekend. It’s a great sign for us that we were able to win it.”
On facing Hull KR for the third time this season, he commented: “I know they will come here with a lot of enthusiasm and they’ve got a few new players since the last time we played them. We’ve certainly got a lot of respect for them. We’re not going into this week not respecting them in any way.
The priority for us is that we understand they are coming off a big win. They’re a massive threat to us reaching our goals and they’ve got some great players too.”
Cick HERE to read Lam’s full mach preview. https://www.wiganwarriors.com/news/2019 ... ws-hull-kr
The man in the middle on Friday night is Chris Kendall. His Touch Judges are James Child and Greg Dolan.
Tickets are available from the below prices.
Adults - £23
Over 60s - £17
16-21s - £16
Juniors - £10
Under 5s go free
Membership holders can get a reduced price on their match ticket. For more information, please visit our Matchday tickets page HERE.
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/
Pay on the gate will be available on matchday on the East and South Stands. Fans wanting to buy tickets for the West Stand must go to the General Ticket Office.
Whether you’re arriving by train, plane or automobile, you can find all of the information on how to reach the DW Stadium HERE. https://www.wiganwarriors.com/visit/get ... he-stadium
Need a lift to the game? Jump on one of our Club supporters buses. We run three routes to our 2019 home games, find the nearest stop in the images below.
The Fan Village returns this Friday and it is the perfect place to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.
Join fellow Cherry and White supporters of young and old at the Robin Park Arena to enjoy entertainment, great food and drink, player appearances, rugby games and activities and more!
Prior to the game, local musician MC Finchy will provide entertainment inside the DW Stadium.
MC Finchy is a musician who has been working across the UK and Europe for the last 15 years.
Expect all the best dance and club classics from the local Wiganer who is a massive Wigan Warriors fan.
How to Follow
You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.
Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) - live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) - live behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
Facebook (Wigan Warriors) - live matchday information.
Website (www.wiganwarriors.com) - matchday live, match report, and Head Coach and players reaction.
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.
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Other Super League Fixtures
Thursday 8th August:
Warrington Wolves vs St Helens (7:45pm)
Friday 9th August:
Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons (7:45pm)
Saturday 10th August:
Castleford Tigers vs London Broncos (7:30pm)
Sunday 11th August:
Salford Red Devils vs Huddersfield Giants (3pm)
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC (3pm)
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