Well after 12 years absent, Leigh are taking their Super League chance with both hands, winning 2 of their first 5, including St Helens and Huddersfield, and coming off the wrong end of a the result in a close game against Leeds. Leigh are looking to make it 3 from 6 against the Wolves. Whilst at the bottom the Wire, who are still looking for their first Super League win, will be hoping to take the points from LSV, and finally end this losing streak.
Higham Vs Clark
The battle of the Hookers. Both having experience in the Wire Camp. The Leigh Captain, Micky Higham is back in the big time, with his home town club. And with Ridyard, he was key to Leigh’s promotion last season. Since his return, he has been crucial to Leigh’s two wins, and could be the calming influence that Leigh need to dominate the Wolves this week. On the other hand, Daryl Clark, the former Man of steel, has been having an interesting start to 2017. I feel since this new rule with the rucks has affected the way Clark can play. His dummy half runs haven’t been as effective recently, and I feel this has had a seismic effect on Wire performances. However, I feel that if Clark is able to show the old form, it will definitely help the Wolves towards the two points this weekend.
Hock Vs Hill
Gareth Hock, one of the bad boys in the league, has seemed to have finally found a club to show his potential at again. His big runs, and his heavy hits (and not in his tackling) has made him into one of the games most ruthless props. Will he make that crucial impact against the Wire’s big pack, this coming week. However, Chris Hill, Wires captain, and ex Leythers has turned into one of the games best props. With his position all but secured for Aus, will he take his game to the next level, and bring the wire back to form. Whether he is coming off the bench, or starting, I feel he will bring leadership back to the Wire, and the calming influence Wire need. His presence could be crucial for the Wire, and I think he could be that difference between these two sides.
Ridyard Vs Brown
Martyn Ridyard has come into his own since Ryan Brierley’s move to Huddersfield. Along with Higham he has controls games for Leigh, gained control of the ship, and was the edge in what proved to be a pivotal year last season. With his leadership, and his key kicking game, he has allowed Leigh to make their dream come true. He has also been key for Leigh this year, will he be key again this weekend. Kev Brown has been rather quiet since his Brisbane heroics a month ago. However, I feel that this week will be the week he returns to form for the Wire. He has the ability to change games, and I feel Leigh, will be a perfect chance for him to come into his own at the Wolves, and finally show he worth.
Form Vs no form
Leigh are going into this one will abundance of confidence, partly as they are at home, and also due to the two major scalps that they have taken at LSV, which could have been three, but fantastic tackling from Joel Moon and Ryan Hall gave Leeds the win. Whilst Wire have non. Without a domestic win this year, and after the last two games especially, (Salford and Wigan), they need to win I feel to gain confidence, and also to finally end this abysmal start to the season.
So Leigh will be looking to make their presence known, and to give super league a shake up.Whilst Wire need this win to show that they are still breathing. Yes its only 5 games (other than the round 11,which has been played already for four clubs). But if Wire continue to lose, they could be like Leeds were last year, (and some could say this year also).
I’m going with Leigh by 10 on this one, this is because of two reasons, firstly Leigh have one of the best home records in recent years, and although it was in the championship, they lose very few at LSV. Secondly, due to the confidence, Leigh will have a lot of confidence after last weeks battering of Huddersfield, whilst Wire have very little, and are facing losing 5 Super League games on the bounce. However, will Hill’s return, change the game for Wire, and take them from the losing side, to the two points. You will have to tune in on Thursday Night, and see who will win this Derby Game.
Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, James Green, Ryan Hampshire, Harrison Hansen, Micky Higham, Adam Higson,Ben Reynolds, Gareth Hock, Sam Hopkins, Eloi Pelissier, Martyn Ridyard, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea
Ryan Atkins, Matty Blythe, Kevin Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Brad Dwyer, Rhys Evans, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Jack Johnson, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Joe Philbin, Matty Russell, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Ben Westwood
Leigh Centurions vs Warrington Wolves, Thursday 16th March 2017, Leigh Sports Village
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