It’s do or die time perhaps this weekend in the Qualifiers as Super League next year could very well know who may join them!
The action continues, despite all the controversy of last week, as the Super 8s brings us week five but the usual question, as always is, who will come out on top?!
Warrington Wolves Vs Leigh Centurions
Starting off is perhaps a local derby as Warrington Wolves take on Leigh Centurions at the Halliwell Jones stadium.
The Wolves make two changes for the clash as Ryan Atkins and Morgan Smith are absent, with Brad Dwyer and youngster Harvey Livett coming in respectively.
Similar circumstances for the Centurions as Ben Reynolds and Daniel Mortimer are absent but Eloi Pelissier and Liam Hood return to give Leigh attacking options.
And such options will be crucial as Leigh will start as underdogs, given their positioning, form and history of meetings between both sides.
Don’t count out the Centurions out fully though, having Pelissier and Hood back provides them with speed around the ruck plus energy given the fact both can interchange with one or another.
But it is their pack that has to be up to the task as, let’s face it, Warrington boast the most efficient forward pack in these Qualifiers.
The experience of Glenn Stewart, Harrison Hansen and Cory Paterson must come through, all of whom must be more creative than usual.
If so, then they can lay the platform down for the attackers to exploit, but there’s pressure on Josh Drinkwater in that area, given that he’s the only recognised half-back Leigh possess.
This is where they’ll come unstuck, unless players such as the aforementioned hookers or the Australian Mitch Brown are able to adapt into the half-back position.
But that’s a gamble of long odds that will cost them dear here against the Wolves.
Warrington weren’t convincing in London but they’ll want to correct their mistakes of last week and seal their Super League status in style here.
Their forwards will be key as they possess a more experienced, organised and powerful set.
Chris Hill will provide them with the hard yards, given his consistency, plus there’s Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims and Ben Westwood to back-up in such an area.
All of them will overwhelm Leigh, not just with their sheer size but also their passionate style of play.
This will create room for Kevin Brown, Stefan Ratchford and Kurt Gidley to move around as a free-flowing combination.
Plus the Wolves have strength out wide, with the in-form Peta Hiku and Tom Lineham, who can match Samisoni Langi so yes, Warrington look superior in every department and should attain another win.
Leigh may provide some stern resistance but home advantage and squad experience is on Warrington’s side and will see them home.