Wigan face St Helens tonight in the second Derby game of 2017.
The Warriors make the short trip over Billinge Hill for what is shaping up to be a truly fascinating Derby.
Having lost half of their matches and sitting 7th in the table, St Helens sacked Head Coach Keiron Cunningham with Australian Justin Holbrook appointed to replace him.
The former Sydney Roosters Assistant Coach made an immediate impact last week with a 45-0 thrashing of Hull at the Dacia Magic Weekend. Now it’s just the small matter of his first home game and first Derby.
Wigan head into the game on the back of a 24-24 draw with Warrington. Joe Burgess’ last minute try saving a point for the Cherry and Whites at St James’ Park.
The game is the first of two this weekend with Wigan hosting Wakefield at the DW Stadium on Monday, 3pm kick-off.
Last ten meetings
Wigan 29, St Helens 18 (SL 2017)
Wigan 25, St Helens 0 (SLS8 2016)
Wigan 4, St Helens 23 (SL 2016)
St Helens 12, Wigan 24 (SL 2016)
St Helens 18, Wigan 14 (SLS8 2015)
St Helens 30, Wigan 14 (SL 2015)
Wigan 12, St Helens 4 (SLR8, 3/4/15)
St Helens 14, Wigan 6 (SLGF 2014) at Old Trafford, Manchester
Wigan 12, St Helens 16 (SL 2014)
St Helens 14, Wigan 33 (SL 2014)
Super League summary
St Helens won 33 (includes wins in 2000 and 2014 Grand Finals & wins in 2000, 2002, 2009 and 2011 play-offs)
Wigan won 35 (includes win in 2010 Grand Final & wins in 2001, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)
St Helens highest score: 57-16 (MM, 2008) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 65-12 (A, 1997) (also widest margin)
Justin Holbrook sticks with the same 19-man squad that beat Hull at Magic.
Tommy Leuluai (broken jaw) and Sam Powell (ankle) return for the Warriors after spells on the sidelines.
Saints: Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Swift, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Wilkin, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Douglas, Thompson, Lee, Peyroux, Richards, Knowles, Grace, Taia.
Warriors: Burgess, Davies, Farrell, Field, Forsyth, Gregson, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, McIlorum, Nuuausala, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, Tierney, J Tomkins, Wells, Williams.
On Monday Wigan host Wakefield in the second game in five days.
The pair met in similar circumstances on Easter Monday at Wakefield with Wigan running out 16-10 winners.
Wigan have won their last eight home meetings with Wakefield, with Trinity’s last away victory against the Warriors coming 12-6 at the JJB Stadium (as it was then known) on 8 February, 2009.
Wakefield 10, Wigan 16 (SL 2017)
Wigan 60, Wakefield 12 (SLS8 2016)
Wigan 22, Wakefield 18 (SL 2016)
Wakefield 62, Wigan 0 (SL 2016)
Wakefield 22, Wigan 40 (SL 2015)
Wigan 52, Wakefield 10 (SL 2015)
Wakefield 36, Wigan 28 (SL 2014)
Wigan 46, Wakefield 24 (SL 2014)
Wakefield 23, Wigan 36 (SL 2013)
Wigan 44, Wakefield 24 (SL 2013)
Super League summary
Wigan won 34 (includes win in 2004 play-offs)
Wakefield won 8
Wigan highest score: 60-24 (A, 1999); 60-12 (H, S8, 2016) (Widest margin: 56-6, A, 2000)
Wakefield highest score: 62-0 (H, 2016) (also widest margin)
Squads to be declared on Saturday at midday.
Tickets for Thursday’s game with St Helens are available on the gate with prices as follows:
Ambulant disabled - same as relevant price class with free carer if eligible.
Tickets for Monday’s game with Wakefield start from £22 for adults, £16 for concessions and £10 for juniors with Under-5s going free.
The all-inclusive family ticket is also still available and costs just £58 for two adults, two juniors, a £10 food voucher, car parking and match programme. Additional tickets can also be added to the package for just £15 adults and £5 juniors.
George Williams will make his 100th appearance for Wigan in the game with St Helens.
Heritage number 1046, Williams made his Wigan debut in the 60-10 Challenge Cup win over Leigh in 2013.
To date Williams has started 84 games and made 15 appearances off the bench. He has scored 34 tries and kicked 14 goals amassing 164 points for the Warriors.
Should Liam Finn play in both of Wakefield’s games this weekend then he will reach 400 career appearances.
James Roby needs one try for a career century of tries.
Betfred Super League Standings
Betfred Super League Leading Scorers
1 Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers) 18
2 Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers) 13 & Liam Marshall 13
4 Albert Kelly (Hull FC) 12 & Ben Jones-Bishop 12
6 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 11
1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 67
2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 61
3 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 46
4 Mark Percival (St Helens) 38
5 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 32
6 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 31
1 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 181
2 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 135
3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 100
4 Luke Walsh (Catalans Dragons) 99
5 Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils) 86
6 Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos) 79
Betfred Super League Fixtures/Results
Thursday May 25
St Helens v Wigan Warriors 8.00
Friday May 26
Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves 8.00
Castleford Tigers v Widnes Vikings 8.00
Hull FC v Leigh Centurions 8.00
Salford Red Devils v Catalans Dragons 8.00
Wakefield Trinity v Huddersfield Giants 8.00
Monday May 29
Warrington Wolves v Salford Red Devils 3.00
Widnes Vikings v Leeds Rhinos 3.00
Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity 3.00
Leigh Centurions v Castleford Tigers 4.00
Catalans Dragons v Hull FC 7.00
Thursday May 25
St Helens U19s v Wigan Warriors U19s
Highlights and full match to be on Wigan TV over the weekend.