Wakefield Trinity Preview

Wakefield Trinity Preview

Everything you need to know for Thursday night’s Betfred Super League Round 23 fixture between Wigan Warriors and Wakefield Trinity.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors return to the DW Stadium on Thursday night as they host Wakefield Trinity (K.O. 7:45).

The Betfred Super League Round 23 fixture will be the second time the sides have met in 2019, after Wakefield beat the Warriors 30-20 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium in April.

Adrian Lam’s side go into Thursday’s clash off the back of a defeat to St Helens, which saw Wigan’s five-game winning run come to an end. As for the visitors, they travel from Yorkshire without a win in two games.

Thursday night’s fixture will be Wigan’s tenth home game in the Betfred Super League this season.

With the Warriors currently sitting in fifth place in the table, two points on Thursday could move Lam’s side back up to fourth - depending on other results elsewhere over the weekend.

A win for Trinity would ease their worries of possible relegation.

Can Wigan get back on track following last week’s disappointment in the derby or will Wakefield cause a surprise at the DW Stadium, where the Warriors have not lost at since mid-April?

Team News

There are two changes to last week’s squad that travelled to St Helens, as Jack Wells and Academy prop forward Ethan Havard come into the 19.

Prop forward Joe Bullock misses only his second game of the season through a knee injury picked up against St Helens. Tommy Leuluai also misses out this week through a lower back injury.

Sean O’Loughlin (Achilles), Ben Flower (back) and Joe Greenwood (head injury) remain on the comeback trail and are not available for selection this week.

Dom Manfredi (knee) and Tom Davies (ankle) remain the two long-term injuries in the squad.

Here is Wigan’s 19-man squad:

The Opposition

After back-to-back defeats against Catalans Dragons and Castleford Tigers in the Betfred Super League, Wakefield sit in eighth place in the table.

Chris Chester’s men have lost 13 of their 22 games this season and are just four points off bottom place London Broncos.

Trinity have won just one of their last five games and that victory came against Huddersfield Giants at the end of June.

Wakefield boss Chris Chester played for Wigan between 1991-2001 as he made 45 appearances.

In team news, Trinity make one change to last week’s squad, as Chris Annakin comes in for Craig Kopczak, who is out with a quad injury.

Tyler Randell was a late withdrawal last week with a knee problem, but the hooker is back in contention this week.

Here is Wakefield’s 19-man squad:

Did You Know?

After the conclusion of Round 22 in the Betfred Super League last week, Wigan Warriors have made the most tackles so far this season out of all 12 clubs. Adrian Lam’s side have made 7,689 tackles this season. London Broncos are second in the list with 7517, while Leeds Rhinos are third with 7,434.

Willie Isa, Morgan Smithies and Sam Powell (left to right) in action against St Helens last week.

If Ethan Havard makes his professional debut for Wigan on Thursday, the Bulgarian-born prop will be the 31st player to play for the Club this season.

On Tuesday, the 18-year-old was named in Adrian Lam’s 19-man squad announcement for the first time and he could be in line to make his first Super League appearance against Wakefield.

Throughout his two years in Wigan’s Under-19s Academy, 6ft 3 Havard has scored 15 tries in 35 games.

Previous Meetings

In the last ten meetings between the sides, both have won five each, with four of those for Wigan coming at the DW Stadium.

Oliver Gildart touches down for Wigan’s first try in the 25-10 win against Wakefield last September.

Last ten meetings:

  • Wakefield 30, Wigan 20 (SLR10, 12/4/19)
  • Wigan 25, Wakefield 10 (SLS8-R4, 6/9/18)
  • Wakefield 32, Wigan 16 (SLR17, 7/6/18)
  • Wigan 30, Wakefield 18 (SLR5, 11/3/18)
  • Wakefield 32, Wigan 0 (SLS8-R7, 23/9/17)
  • Wigan 30, Wakefield 42 (SLR16, 29/5/17)
  • Wakefield 10, Wigan 16 (SLR10, 17/4/17)
  • Wigan 60, Wakefield 12 (SLS8-R1, 5/8/16)
  • Wigan 22, Wakefield 18 (SLR21, 8/7/16)
  • Wakefield 62, Wigan 0 (SLR10, 10/4/16)

Overall in Super League between the Wigan and Wakefield, the Warriors have the better record…

Form Guide

Wigan’s last five games (Super League):

  • Leeds Rhinos 14-23 Wigan Warriors, SLR18, Emerald Headingley Stadium, 14th June 2019
  • Huddersfield Giants 22-38 Wigan Warriors, SLR19, John Smith’s Stadium, 21st June 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 28-12 Salford Red Devils, SLR20, DW Stadium, 28th June 2019
  • Wigan Warriors 52-10 Hull KR, SLR21, DW Stadium, 5th July 2019
  • St Helens 32-10 Wigan Warriors, SLR22, Totally Wicked Stadium, 12th July 2019

Wakefield’s last five games (Super League):

  • Salford Red Devils 44-20 Wakefield Trinity, SLR18, AJ Bell Stadium, 16th June 2019
  • Warrington Wolves 30-6 Wakefield Trinity, SLR19, Halliwell Jones Stadium, 21st June 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 36-10 Huddersfield Giants, SLR20, Mobile Rocket Stadium, 28th June 2019
  • Catalans Dragons 44-10 Wakefield Trinity, SLR21, Stade Gilbert Brutus, 6th July 2019
  • Wakefield Trinity 16-36 Castleford Tigers, SLR22, Mobile Rocket Stadium, 12th July 2019

The Stats

Jarrod Sammut needs one appearance to reach 250 for his career. A former Wakefield player - making 21 appearances for the Club between 2014 and 2015, the half-back has played ten games for Wigan in 2019.

He also played 62 times for London Broncos (2015, 2017-2018), 38 for Workington Town (2015-2016), once for Featherstone Rovers (2014, loan), 40 for Bradford Bulls (2012-2013), 35 for Crusaders (2010-2011), 38 for Penrith Panthers (2007-2009) and four for Malta (2006, 2011, 2018).

Sammut has made five starts and five appearances off the bench for Adrian Lam this season.

Joe Burgess needs one try to reach 100 for Wigan Warriors.

The 24-year-old winger has made 108 appearances in two different spells at the Club (2013-2015, 2017-2019)

Burgess scored a hat-trick the last time Wigan and Wakefield met earlier this season.

Coach Quotes

Ahead of Thursday’s game, Head Coach Adrian Lam said: “For us it’s about making sure we get back to where we were two weeks ago.”

On facing Wakefield, Lam said: “They’ve still got some good players and it’s been a short turn around for us after a tough game last week.

“They are coming off a derby loss (against Castleford Tigers) and they’ll be fired up, but we are coming off a derby loss as well. It’s a home game for us and we want to show plenty of energy like we did two weeks ago (against Hull KR).”

Click below to read Lam’s full match preview.

Match Officials

The man in the middle for Thursday’s game is Robert Hicks. His Touch Judges are Marcus Griffiths and James Child. The Video Referee is Ben Thaler.

Robert Hicks

Tickets

Ticket prices

Tickets are available from the below prices.

  • Adults - £23
  • Over 60s - £17
  • 16-21s - £16
  • Juniors - £10
  • Under 5s go free

Membership holders can get a reduced price on their match ticket. For more information, please visit our Matchday tickets page HERE.

Buy Tickets

To purchase your tickets, you can visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office, call 01942 311111 or use our new ticketing website – https://wigan-warriors.talent-sport.co.uk/

If you have any issues with the new ticketing website, please click HERE.

Pay on the gate will be available on matchday on the East and South Stands. Fans wanting to buy tickets for the West Stand must go to the General Ticket Office.

Travel

Whether you’re arriving by train, plane or automobile, you can find all of the information on how to reach the DW Stadium HERE.

Need a lift to the game? Jump on one of our Club supporters buses. We run three routes to our 2019 home games, find the nearest stop in the images below.

The Club has been made aware of road works in Wigan Town Centre which may cause congestion and ultimately increase travel time for fans heading to the DW Stadium from particular routes.

The works are taking place in Whelley at The Mount and at the junction near The Range. Temporary traffic lights are in place.

Fans are advised to make their way to the DW Stadium in plenty of time for kick-off.

Pre-Match Entertainment

Singer Gracie O’Brien will be performing on the pitch prior to kick-off on Thursday. The 13-year-old is from Wigan and she appeared on The Voice Kids UK 2019.

The Dean Trust Rose Bridge student won the 2017 Wigan Youth Zone’s Got Talent, which entailed performing for a panel - including the record executive at SiCo Records.

The Fan Village returns this Thursday and it is the perfect place to soak up the pre-match atmosphere.

Join fellow Cherry and White supporters of young and old at the Robin Park Arena to enjoy entertainment, great food and drink, player appearances, rugby games and activities and more!

Click HERE for all the details of what to expect.

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.

Sign up to today by clicking HERE.

Other Fixtures

Friday 19th July:

  • Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants (7:45pm)

Sunday 21st July:

  • Leeds Rhinos vs Hull FC (3pm)
  • London Broncos vs St Helens (3pm)
  • Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons (3pm)
  • Castleford Tigers vs Warrington Wolves (3:30pm)

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