Wigan head coach Shaun Wane has named a youthful squad for Friday’s home clash against Hull FC.
With a number of players suffering minor injuries and knocks in last week’s cup final – against the same opposition – changes are plentiful.
Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle has made four changes to the squad that was defeated by the Warriors at Wembley last week.
Wigan 19-man squad: Burgess, Crosby, Dudson, Flower, Gelling, Greenwood, Hughes, Hampshire, Lloyd, Manfredi, A. Powell, S. Powell, Taylor, Thornley, Tierney, L. Tomkins, Tuson, Spencer, Williams.
Hull FC 19-man squad: T. Briscoe, Bowden, Crookes, Crooks, Green, Hadley, Horne, Houghton, Holdsworth, Johnson, Kent, Miller, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.
Prediction: Home win.
The Warriors have also won their last seven home games against Hull FC, with the Black and Whites’ last away win against Wigan coming 28-24 on 10 June, 2005.
He has scored points in all of his games against the Black and Whites, only failing to score a try in the Warriors’ 14-12 home win on 13 March, 2011. He did kick one goal in that game however. Tomkins has a total of thirteen tries in nine career games against Hull FC.
2013 meetings –
– Hull FC 20, Wigan 28 (SLR13, 26/4/13)
Super League summary:
Wigan won 29 (includes wins in 2001 & 2007 play-offs)
Hull FC won 7
Wigan highest score: 66-6 (H, 2008) (also widest margin)
Hull FC highest score: 54-12 (H, 2006) (also widest margin)