Wigan turn to Super League after ‘disappointing’ Cup exit.


Challenge Cup exits for both Wigan and Warrington, means that Steve Price and Adrian Lam will be putting their full focus on Super League when the two side meet on Friday night.

It has been a positive season for the Warriors despite not making it to Wembley.

Adrian Lam’s side have lost just four games this season with Friday night’s opponents Warrington holding a similar record.

Before last weeks Super League defeat against Challenge Cup finalist’s Salford, Warrington had won nine games on the bounce in both league and cup competition.

Leeds Rhinos halfback Luke Gale caused the Warriors massive issues last week especially with a spectacular 40/20 that led directly to a Rhinos try.

The Wolves head into the game on the back of a 24-22 loss at the hands of Salford Red Devils in the semi finals of the Challenge Cup.

Warrington have a fierce halfback partnership that Wigan will have to make sure they deal with if they are to pick up the two competition points on offer.

Blake Austin and Gareth Widdop have led the play maker partnership for the Wolves this season and between them they have ten try assists.

Despite missing the opening weeks through injury Widdop has gathered his momentum and has been key to Warrington’s current second place standing.

With the Super League table currently being decided by a win percentage format it means both sides have the same percentage of 0.692.


That means that whoever wins at Halliwell Jones on Friday night will hold up second position   behind St Helens who face Wakefield Trinity.

Brad Singleton will be making his Warriors debut on Friday after joining the club from Leeds Rhinos last month but has had a period on the side-lines due to injury.

However, Adrian Lam will be without George Burgess and Tony Clubb who are both recovering from hip and neck injuries.

For Steve Price’s Wolves, they will be without Tom Lineham who is still suspended and Ben Murdoch-Masila will miss the game with a minor abductor strain.


Warriors Team: : 1. Zak Hardaker 6. Bevan French 7. Thomas Leuluai 9. Sam Powell 11. Willie Isa 12. Liam Farrell 13. Sean O’Loughlin 15. Joe Greenwood 16. Morgan Smithies 17. Ollie Partington 19. Joe Bullock 21. Dom Manfredi 23. Jake Bibby 28. Harry Smith 31. Jackson Hastings 32. Amir Bourouh 33. Jake Shorrocks 35. Sam Halsall 36. James Mcdonnell 37. Harry Rushton 38. Brad Singleton

Wolves Team: 1. Stefan Ratchford 3. Anthony Gelling 4. Toby King 5. Josh Charnley 6. Blake Austin 7. Gareth Widdop 8. Chris Hill 9. Daryl Clark 10. Mike Cooper 11. Ben Currie 12. Jack Hughes 14. Jason Clark 15. Joe Philbin 17. Jake Mamo 18. Sitaleki Akauola 19. Matt Davis 21. Declan Patton 22. Luis Johnson 24. Keanan Brand 26. Matty Ashton 27. Ellis Robson