Behind the Sticks - Week 3

A massive away game beckons for the Warriors in the capital this weekend, but with improvement over recent weeks I don't think a win is far away.

Some pundits in the media are building this game to be the biggest in Brian Noble’s reign, but this Club is strongest when it sticks together and while there is concern at the lack of a win, Chairman Ian Lenagan has played down talk of any crisis.

There is no doubt that the Warriors were disappointing during last week's loss against Castleford Tigers, but it has to be remembered that the Warriors scored as many tries as their opponents and staged a strong comeback in the second half when many thought the game was over.

Both Shaun Ainscough and Karl Pryce had very encouraging home debuts; Ainscough never took a backwards step and always posed a threat with the ball in his hands, while Karl Pryce was colossal at times despite struggling with an injury for large parts of the game.

The cohesion between the pivotal positions isn't quite there at the moment but I have no doubt that Mark Riddell, Tim Smith and Thomas Leuluai will soon gel as they have undouted talents.

Whilst the Warriors head into their fourth match of the season this is only Harlequins second game after a cancellation to their scheduled Round 2 fixture against Bradford Bulls and a clear weekend last week when they hosted Manly.

In their only Super League game of the season Harlequins enjoyed a successful trip to the Jungle to defeat Castleford Tigers in a very closely fought match, where again, goal kicking proved to be the difference.

An inspired performance from Luke Dorn on his return to Harlequins led the Quins to victory against Cas. They are a good solid outfit with a strong team spirit; just waht you would expect from a team coached by Brian McDermott

Last week, the Quins took an early lead against a youthful Manly side, however they were blown away in the second half when Lyon, Orford et al took to the field.

I expect this game to be yet another very close and competitive encounter. It really can go either way and will take a monumental effort from Wigan, but Amos Roberts looks to be settling in well and was a real threat last week. I go for Famous Amos to open the scoring along with a very narrow Warriors victory. Enjoy the weekend in the capital Warriors fans!

Winning Margin: Wigan to beat Harlequins RL by 1-5 points

1st Try Scorer: Amos Roberts


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