SL Preview: Wigan v Huddersfield

Wigan coach Shaun Wane will want to put things right after last week’s draw to the 12 men of Widnes.

His team will have to cope without first-choice scrum-half Matty Smith, who has been banned for one game for kicking out at the end of the Widnes fixture.

Ryan Hampshire comes into the squad in place of Smith. Winger Josh Charnley is fit to play after recovering from a head knock.

Huddersfield lost 19-0 at home to Hull FC in their opening round fixture, and coach Paul Anderson has named the same 19-man squad as he did for that defeat.

Wigan Warriors (19-man squad): Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, L. Farrell, C. Farrell, Gelling, Hampshire, McIlorum, O’Loughlin, Patrick, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, L. Tomkins, Williams.

Huddersfield Giants (19-man squad): McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Huby, Ferres, Hughes, Bailey, Kopczak, Ta’ai, Broughton, Mullally, Ellis, Connor, Johnson.


Wigan’s Joe Burgess scored a try in all three of the Warriors’ 2014 meetings with Huddersfield.

Huddersfield’s Danny Brough needs four tries to reach a career century of touchdowns.

Super League summary:

Wigan won 23 (includes wins in 2013 & 2014 play-offs)

Huddersfield won 14

Wigan highest score: 68-6 (H, 2000) (also widest margin)

Huddersfield highest score: 48-16 (H, 2009) (also widest margin)

Last ten meetings:

Wigan 57, Huddersfield 4 (SLQPO, 18/9/14)
Huddersfield 31, Wigan 22 (SLR15, 29/5/14)
Wigan 8, Huddersfield 24 (SLR1, 7/2/14)
Huddersfield 8, Wigan 22 (SLQPO, 12/9/13)
Wigan 12, Huddersfield 30 (SLR24, 9/8/13)
Huddersfield 22, Wigan 10 (SLR3, 16/2/13)
Huddersfield 12, Wigan 32 (SLR14, 18/5/12)
Wigan 16, Huddersfield 20 (SLR1, 5/2/12)
Wigan 46, Huddersfield 12 (SLR18, 25/6/11)
Huddersfield 6, Wigan 20 (SLR6, 18/3/11)

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