Hull KR Preview

Hull KR Preview

Everything you need to know for Sunday’s Betfred Super League trip to Hull KR.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors travel east to KCOM Craven Park on Sunday to face Hull KR in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League (3pm kick-off).

The two teams go head-to-head for the first time in 2019, with just two points separating the two sides in the league table.

Adrian Lam’s side return to action after losing to Warrington Wolves at the Magic Weekend two weeks ago.

Rovers go into Sunday’s game off the back of being knocked out of the Coral Challenge Cup by Warrington Wolves after a 22-28 loss last week.

KCOM Craven Park.

A win for the Warriors will see them move on to 14 points and a step closer to the top five, while a victory for the hosts would move them clear of fears relegation.

Team News

After suffering a pectoral injury against Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge in February, second row Liam Farrell returns to the 19-man squad.

Liam Marshall and Sam Powell also return after being ruled out of the Magic Weekend fixture against Warrington Wolves.

Long-term absentees Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) remain on the comeback trail.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

Hull KR currently sit in 11th place in the Betfred Super League. Five wins and 11 defeats so far see the KCOM Craven Park outfit second from bottom in the league standings.

On Thursday, Hull KR appointed former England and Great Britain coach Tony Smith as their new Head Coach, less than 24 hours after Tim Sheens left the Club.

The 52-year-old left Warrington in 2017 after almost nine years in charge. He has signed an initial contract until the end of the season.

Tony Smith.

In team news, captain Joel Tomkins returns from suspension to face his former Club.

Mitch Garbutt and Adam Quinlan miss out on selection with the former being banned for one match and the latter not fit to return to action.

Here is Rovers’ 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

Joel Tomkins is the current captain of Hull KR. Tomkins played 237 games in two different spells at Wigan (2005-2011, 2014-2018). The forward scored 64 tries overall and won the Super League Grand Final twice (2010, 2016), World Club Challenge (2017), Challenge Cup (2011) and League Leaders’ Shied (2010).

Former Wigan man James Greenwood is the brother of Warriors forward, Joe. In his time at the Club (2013-2015), he made three appearances. Greenwood joined Hull KR in 2016 and has since played 81 games, scoring 22 tries.

Previous Meetings

Overall, in Super League, the Warriors have the advantage over Rovers:

In the last ten meetings between the sides in all competitions, Wigan have won six, including last year’s Round 9 home fixture as the Warriors strolled to a 44-6 victory.

Hull KR triumphed in the most recent outing between the teams, with a 24-8 win in Round 16 in May last year at KCOM Craven Park.

The last time Wigan were victorious at Rovers’ ground was in the sixth round of the 2018 Challenge Cup, as the visitors advanced to the next quarter-finals courtesy of a 28-10 win.

Josh Woods was one of Wigan’s try scorers in the Challenge Cup sixth round win in May last year.

Form Guide

Hull KR’s last five games (all competitions):

  • Hull KR 26-42 St Helens, SLR14, KCOM Craven Park, 5th May 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 18-32 Hull KR, CCR6, AJ Bell Stadium, 11th May 2019
  • Huddersfield Giants 30-22 Hull KR, SLR15, John Smith’s Stadium, 17th May 2019
  • Salford Red Devils 20-22 Hull KR, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 26th May 2019
  • Hull KR 22-28 Warrington Wolves, CCR7, KCOM Craven Park, 31st May 2019

Wigan’s last five games (in all competitions):

  • Wigan Warriors 6-4 Castleford Tigers, SLR13, DW Stadium, 27th April 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 18-8 London Broncos, SLR14, DW Stadium, 2nd May 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 26-24 Wigan Warriors, CCR6, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 12th May 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 33-16 Wigan Warriors, SLR15, Camp Nou, 18th May 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 14-26 Warrington Wolves, SLR16 (Magic Weekend), Anfield, 25th May 2019

Coach Quotes

Ahead of Sunday’s game, Assistant Coach John Winder stepped in to speak to the media in place of Head Coach Adrian Lam whilst he travelled back to Australia on compassionate leave. Lam arrived back in the UK on Thursday and will be in attendance at KCOM Craven Park.

Winder said: “Adrian has obviously been on the phone plenty whilst away. But we’ve also got a strong leadership group here and a lot of senior players that have been involved in the game for a long time and we’ve had other situations like this while I’ve been at the Club.

“It’s just about pulling together and making sure that we prepare the right way.

“The last two weeks has given us some quality time on the field whilst resting up a few of the lads carrying knocks. Also, look forward to what we need to do in order to ensure we get the win on Sunday.”

On facing the Robins, Winder said: “Watching them over the last four or five weeks I think that they have shown a lot of improvements.”

Click HERE to read Winder’ full match preview.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Sunday’s game is Scott Mikalauskas. His Touch Judges are A. Martin and J. Roberts.

Scott Mikalauskas.

Tickets

Tickets are now off sale at the DW Stadium Ticket Office, online and by mobile.

Wigan fans will be able to buy tickets on the day of the game by going into Hull KR’s North Stand shop (located at the far left of the stand).

How to Follow

You can follow every piece of the action on our social media channels and website.

Wigan TV

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 fixtures

Saturday 8th June:

  • 15:15pm - Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons

Sunday 9th June:

  • 15:00pm - London Broncos vs St Helens

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