Opponents: Wakefield Trinity
Venue: Belle Vue
A look at the Opposition
It’s always difficult to know what will happen on Easter Monday, when teams are backing up after a big game on Good Friday. Wakefield come off the back of a heavy defeat against local rivals Castleford Tigers but will be buoyed by their start to the season and the fact that the last meeting between these two sides at Wakefield, finished 62-0 to Trinity.
Wakefield have showed some great form at times this season, particular in their impressive victory at Catalan but consistency has been their biggest issue. The likes of Ben Jones-Bishop and Tom Johnstone ensure that Wakefield will be a threat out wide but how much if they have left in the tank after the Castleford game.
The Wakefield Trinity 19 Man Squad:
Wigan 19 Man Squad:
Wigan replace Micky Mac and Joe Burgess in the squad, after coming back from injury against St Helens with Romain Navarrete and Joe Bretherton.
Thoughts on the Game
Wigan usually do OK backing up in the Easter Monday game but playing at Wakefield is never easy but I do think, they will have too much for Wakefield this time around. It is very important for Wigan to put a run of results together with the Wakefield game and then Catalan next Sunday at the DW, two wins from those games should see Wigan creep back up the table. With bodies returning every week, it should ensure that they grow in confidence heading towards the International break and should set up a greater contest between Wigan and Castleford at the end of April.
One area which I think Wigan are stronger than other teams, is their conditioning and fitness and I expect that to see Wigan through the game.
The Wigan Rugby Blog predicts:
Score: Wakefield 12 – 30 Wigan
First Try Scorer: Morgan Escare