Match Preview - Leigh Centurions v Wigan Warriors

Wigan make the very short trip to Leigh on Friday night in the all ticket engage Super League,the game has an 8pm kick off.

The Warriors need to get the season back on track after the defeats at Leeds and St Helens and with it regain some much needed confidence. Although the Centurions are bottom of the table with just 5 points all season, they will relish the opportunity of facing Ian Milwards men on Friday night.

Wigan welcome back Liam Botham and David Vaealiki to the squad, Kevin Brown is out with ankle ligament damage.Looking ahead to the game Head Coach Ian Millward said,

"If you ask Leigh relegation is not an issue with them the reason they came into Super League was to beat Wigan. I watched their game against Warrington a couple of weeks ago and people reminded me that it's about beating Wigan, if they do it this week they will have achieved their goal.It is a tough game but I have only one thought and that is about winning the game. It is a must win for us and we need a win and we need some confidence."

"I feel for the fans at the moment but the only way out of this is working hard. We need cohesion and we need to build a foundation. I thought before Leeds we were heading in the right direction."

Asked about the task of the senior players to lift the younger members of the squad, Ian added,

"I need more from all the players with regard to their communication and their vocal response. We need players to step up and take on more responsibilities."

"We need to be positive, I don't care how we play this week we have to win. It can be the ugliest performance in the world that does not bother me. It could be quite hostile and the players will be put under pressure. This will be a really tough game and we need to be ready for that."

Leigh 18-man: Cooper, J. Duffy, Fleary, Govin, Halliwell, Jackson, Jones, Kent, Wilkes, Leafa, Maden, Marshall, Rowley, Stapleton, Sturm, Wilshere, Stevens, Mears.




A Few Stats

DALLAS CHASES TRY CENTURY

BRETT DALLAS needs four tries for a career century of touchdowns with the club. The Australian winger’s 96 tries have come in 145 matches. He has scored seven hat-tricks, including two four-try feats.

Signed from North Sydney, Dallas made his debut for Wigan with a try in the 98-4 RL Challenge Cup fourth round home defeat of Whitehaven Warriors on 13 February 2000.

Dallas has twice finished in the Super League Top Ten try scorers. He was ninth with 16 in 2000 and eighth with 18 in 2004.

WIGAN LOSING RUN

WIGAN WARRIORS are seeking to avoid losing five successive matches for the first time since August-September 1983. Then they lost four Slalom Lager Championship matches and a Lancashire Cup first round tie as follows:

Leigh (H, SLC) 12-26, Widnes (A, LC) 20-36, Bradford Northern (H, SLC) 16-24, Hull (A, SLC) 8-24, Widnes (H, SLC) 16-31.

The run ended with a 24-0 League win at Whitehaven. Wigan finished ninth of 16 clubs in the Slalom Lager Championship and were beaten 19-6 by Widnes in the RL Challenge Cup final at Wembley. Their coach was Alex Murphy.

Wigan’s current run of four successive defeats is: London Broncos (H) 18-22, Hull FC (H) 24-28, Leeds Rhinos (A) 0-70, St. Helens (A) 0-75.

Their last win was 34-20 at Salford City Reds on 30 May.

WIGAN NILLED

WIGAN WARRIORS have been nilled in two successive matches for the first time in 86 years. In March 1919 they lost 13-0 at Warrington and 14-0 at Broughton Rangers. Both were Lancashire League matches as competitive rugby returned after the end of World War One.

Wigan’s worst run of nilled matches was when they went five matches without scoring in 1896 and again in 1898.

The last points Wigan scored were Danny Tickle’s conversion of Joel Tomkins’s try in the 79th minute of the 24-28 home defeat against Hull.

Recent News & Media

Fought for each other: Hardaker
Built on effort: Powell
Confidence Booster: French
Stay focused: Lam