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Everything you need to know for Sunday’s Betfred Super League Round 4 blockbuster between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC.

The Brief

Wigan Warriors welcome Hull FC to the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon in Round 4 of the Betfred Super League (3pm K.O.).

Adrian Lam’s Wigan are back home again for the second week in a row following last Thursday’s win over Toronto Wolfpack. FC head into the fixture off the back of a defeat to 2019 champions St Helens.

Hull are tied with Wigan in the table so far, alongside Huddersfield Giants, Castleford Tigers and Saints, who all sit at the top with four points (Huddersfield have one game in hand) from three games.

Last time the Black and Whites visited the DW, a historic first was made, seeing the first ever Golden Point victory in Super League. Unfortunately ,it was the visiting side that went home with the two points early in the 2019 season.

Wigan vs Hull FC at the DW Stadium in 2019.

Team News

Earlier this week, Adrian Lam provided an update on skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who sustained an eye injury last week in the closing stages of the victory over Toronto Wolfpack.

He said: “There was a fair bit of bleeding behind the eye and that can be a dangerous one. He’s starting to get some vision back in it now. He could be out for one-to-four weeks really. Just wait and see with that one really.”

After not featuring since April 2019 when he suffered a knee injury away to Castleford Tigers, Dom Manfredi is named in the 21-man squad. He did feature in the reserves victory last weekend over Hull KR at Robin Park Arena.

Manfredi has been named in a first team 21-man squad for the first time this season.

Sam Powell also returns to the 21-man squad after missing last week’s with a head injury, picked up in the opening win over Warrington Wolves.

Oliver Gildart remains unavailable as he continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder picked up on international duty for Great Britain last Autumn.

Ben Flower and George Burgess are the other absentees as Lam said mid-week that they were “50/50” - referring to whether they were going to be named in the squad due to recovering from injury.

Here is Wigan’s 21-man squad:

The Opposition

Hull have made three changes from last week’s 21-man squad that lost to St Helens.

Bureta Faraimo has recovered from an abdominal injury in time for the game, while Joe Cator and Jack Brown are also fit to play.

Ratu Naulago and Carlos Tuimavave both sustained injuries in Sunday’s defeat to Saints, while Charlie Patterson-Lund is the other omission from Lee Radford’s squad.

Here is Hull’s 21-man squad:

1 Jamie Shaul, 2 Bureta Faraimo, 4 Josh Griffin, 5 Adam Swift, 6 Jake Connor, 7 Marc Sneyd, 8 Scott Taylor, 9 Danny Houghton, 11 Josh Jones, 13 Ligi Sao, 15 Joe Cator, 16 Jordan Johnstone, 19 Masi Matongo, 20 Brad Fash, 21 Jordan Lane, 22 Josh Bowden, 24 Mahe Fonua, 25 Connor Wynne, 26 Kieran Buchanan, 29 Gareth Ellis, 30 Jack Brown.

Did You Know?

Forty three Wigan players have made their debut vs Hull FC since the 1895-96 season.

There are some notable too with Joe Lydon (1986), Sean O’Loughlin (2002), Sam Powell (2012), Dom Manfredi (2013), Liam Byrne (2019) all making their first appearances for Wigan against the Black and White.

In fact, Lydon, Powell and Byrne all scored on their debut too against Hull.

Previous Meetings

There have been 161 league meetings between Wigan and Hull FC. The Cherry and Whites have won 104, while the latter have won 53. There has also been four draws.

Last ten meetings:

  • Hull FC 14, Wigan 15 (SLR24, 1/8/19)
  • Wigan 22, Hull FC 23 (aet) (SLR3, 24/2/19)
  • Wigan 14, Hull FC 12 (SLS8-R7, 28/9/18)
  • Hull FC 10, Wigan 14 (SLR18, 16/6/18)
  • Wigan 24, Hull FC 10 (SLR2, 10/2/18 at WIN Stadium, Wollongong)
  • Hull FC 22, Wigan 30 (SLS8-R5, 8/9/17)
  • Hull FC 18, Wigan 14 (CCF, 26/8/17 at Wembley Stadium)
  • Hull FC 39, Wigan 26 (SLR17, 3/6/17)
  • Wigan 20, Hull FC 22 (SLR6, 24/3/17)
  • Wigan 28, Hull FC 18 (SLSF, 30/9/16)

Super League summary

  • Wigan won 42 (includes wins in 2001, 2007 and 2016 play-offs)
  • Hull FC won 12
  • 2 draws

Head-to-Head

Here are a few statistics between the two teams from the season so far:

The Stats

Liam Farrell is two tries away from making it 100 for Wigan. The second row, who is in his testimonial year, has made 253 for his hometown club between 2010 and 2020 so far.

Joe Greenwood needs one appearance to reach 100 in Super League. The second row has played 31 times for Wigan (2018-2019) and 68 for St Helens (2012-2017).

Coach Quotes

Head Coach Adrian Lam expects to face a “really strong team” on Sunday when Hull FC visit the DW Stadium.

Looking ahead to the Round 4 encounter in Tuesday’s press conference, the boss said: “They’ve (Hull FC) got a pretty big and experienced side, and if you give them an inch, they could win all of their games this year, they’re a really strong team.

“It’s a home game for us at the start of the year, so it’s really important that we play well and give ourselves a chance to win the game.”

Match Officials

The referee for Sunday’s game is Robert Hicks. His touch judges are Scott Mikalauskas and Chris Kendall.

Robert Hicks.

Tickets

Prices for this and every 2020 home fixture start from:

Full list of prices HERE

How to buy

  • Buy online by clicking HERE.

  • Call the DW Stadium Ticket Office on 01942 311111

  • Visit the DW Stadium Ticket Office.

Travel

The Club have a matchday bus service for every game this season provided by Tyrers Coaches, running two routes from Chorley and Westhoughton.

The routes will provide travel to and from the DW Stadium on every matchday during the 2020 Betfred Super League season.

Buses will pick up and drop off at the bus stop outside the Robin Park Arena. After the Hull FC fixture, buses will depart shortly after the final whistle from the same bus stop.

For more information, click HERE.

Tyrers Coaches matchday bus service.

How to Follow

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

Wigan TV

Highlights and post-match interviews are available to watch on Wigan TV after every game throughout the 2020 season.

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Other Fixtures

Friday 21st February

  • Castleford Tigers vs Wakefield Trinity (7:45pm)
  • Hull KR vs Huddersfield Giants (7:45pm)
  • Warrington Wolves vs Toronto Wolfpack (7:45pm)

Saturday 22nd February

  • Salford Red Devils vs Leeds Rhinos (2pm)

Pyrotechnics reminder

Wigan Warriors would like to remind fans that the use of pyrotechnics are strictly forbidden both at the DW Stadium and at all away games.

Wigan Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski: “Wigan Warriors are lucky to have such a passionate and fervent following. We see our fan-base as our 18th man, so much so, that we put aside the squad number 18 every season in reference to their loyal support.

“We encourage our fans to be vocal, passionate but also to be respectful and uphold not only the values of Wigan Warriors, but of the game of rugby league. I’d like to highlight that the vast majority of fans uphold these values and represent our Club with distinction and for that I’d like to thank them.

“Regrettably, we have received a number of complaints from the Rugby Football League compliance department in respect to pyrotechnics being used by individuals in the Wigan away allocation. One of the values that must be upheld when following the Warriors is that we respect the rules and regulations of the stadiums in which we visit. Grounds in the Betfred Super League, including the DW Stadium, have a strict zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of flares and smoke bombs as they are dangerous and can cause harm to those in such close proximity. Ultimately, the Club is held responsible for this, which is harmful for our reputation and considering that sanctions include hefty fines, it creates issues that reverberate around our organisation.

“As this isn’t an isolated incident, let me reiterate Wigan Warriors’ position on the use of pyrotechnics; that if any person is found to have committed this offence they will be banned from attending Wigan Warriors games. We want to make this abundantly clear, that fans who plan to bring pyrotechnics, flares, smoke bombs etc are not welcome at both Wigan home and away games.”

Stats courtesy of Keith Such and Daniel Spencer

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