Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Preview

Wigan host Wakefield in a roses battle at the JJB Stadium on Friday evening, 8pm kick off.

The Warriors welcome back Great Britain International Kris Radlinski after injury. It's the first time Rads has worn the Wigan shirt since agreeing to stay with the club and he is bound to get a great reception from the fans. Also back are Kevin Brown, Brett Dallas and Jerry Seuseu, missing from the 20 announced on Tuesday are David Vaealiki and Liam Botham.

The two squads for the game are :-

Wigan 18-man: Radlinski, Dallas, Brown, Aspinwall, Gleeson, Orr, Moran, Seuseu, Newton, Hargreaves, Allen, Tickle, Hansen, Sculthorpe, Guisset, Wild, Godwin, Tomkins.

Wakefield 18-man: Halpenny, Wainwright, Demetriou, Domic, Tadulala, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Spicer, Obst , Snitch, MacGillivray, Elima, Wrench, Booth.

Referee: K Kirkpatrick

Looking ahead to the game Head Coach Ian Millward said,

"Wakefield and Leeds last year were the form teams in Super League in the second half of the year. Now you have seen Wakefield back to full strength with all their key strike players back in form. There last two wins have been very impressive, the Bradford one was very very good. The Widnes one they demolished and their performance the week before at St Helens was good."

"David Solomona is one of the best back rowers in the world and in Super League. He gives them so much, he has a presence and he brings a lot to them. When he plays they go close to winning, when he doesn't they are not the same team."

On chances of making the top six he added,

"I think the next six games will have a huge influence where we end up, we have two games at home and one away at Widnes so it's a great opportunity for us to stake our claim. You don't want to be in the last few games trying to win you need to be above teams and dictating your own terms."

Big Match Stats

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have not won at Wigan since they gained a 20-13 Stones Bitter Championship win at Central Park on 16 February 1994. Since then, Wakefield have lost all nine Cup and League matches at Wigan.

The Wakefield team included well-known players Mike Forshaw (1 try), David Hobbs and Henry Paul (1 try, 4 goals). David Topliss was the coach. It was also the Wigan home debut of Va’aiga Tuigamala, following his £400,000 move from New Zealand rugby union. Wigan, coached by John Dorahy, were heading for the old Division One championship, while Wakefield were to finish third off bottom in a 16-club table.

Super League results

1999 Wakefield 22 v Wigan 52; Wigan 40 v Wakefield 14; Wakefield 24 v Wigan 60

2000 Wigan 48 v Wakefield 30; Wakefield 6 v Wigan 56

2001 Wigan 50 v Wakefield 6; Wakefield 23 v Wigan 29

2002 Wakefield 14 v Wigan 30; Wigan 30 v Wakefield 18

2003 Wakefield 29 v Wigan 34; Wigan 38 v Wakefield 12

2004 Wakefield 14 v Wigan 20; Wigan 28 v Wakefield 22

2005 Wakefield 18 v Wigan 16

Play off 2004 Wigan 18 v Wakefield 14

Old Division One/Super League meetings (Since reintroduction of two divisions in 1973) Wigan won 36 (20 home); Wakefield won 12 (3 away)

Wigan’s highest score: Wakefield 6 v Wigan 72 … 1986-87 (Also widest margin) Wakefield’s highest score: Wigan 48 v Wakefield 30 … 2000

Highest winning score: Wakefield 25 v Wigan 20 … 1988-89 Widest winning margin: Wakefield 22 v Wigan 6 … 1977-78 Wakefield 22 v Wigan 6 … 1979-80

Cup meetings (all competitions, including play-off) from 1973-74- Wigan won 5 (3 home)

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