Sadly last nights game didn’t turn out the way we wanted and I genuinely feel sorry for both us as punters and Catalan. To lose Escare so early and to have the worst of every refereeing decision was just too much to concede. However, as we said, St Helen’s would win and they did. So tonight we have a cracker to decide who gets the other berth in the Grand Final.
These two sides have met 5 times in the last 2 seasons with Wigan having one 3, one tie and the Wolves successful only once. What does that mean in the context of tonight. Just that Wigan’s coach, Shaun Wayne knows how to beat the Wolves and what it takes to stifle their point gathering game.
I expect it to be tight tonight and I am not sure that suits the naturally flamboyant Warrington team, who simply can’t play conservative. Wigan are to name an unchanged side from their game of two weeks ago and they will be rested after a week off. Warrington may be able to include Matty Russell in their line-up after his horrendous facial clash last week that saw him end up in hospital and as good a job as Stefan Ratchford did in his place it is better for the Wolves to have both fit and playing than just one of them.
Sean O’Loughlin remains the key to the engine room of Wigan and his fellow forwards will relish the challenge against the Wolves pack. This will be intense in the middle of the park so whatever opportunities are created it is down to the speed merchants to deliver. Charnley vs Monaghan looks exciting, Atkins vs Farrell is a monster match-up as well. Antony Gelling vs Chris Bridge will be vital. All across the park the match-ups are fascinating.
I think man for man Warrington have more stars but I also think Wigan perform as a team, week in week out, better than any other in the league and a good team beats a team of good players every time.
So for us its Wigan in a cliff hanger.