Match Preview v South Sydney Rabbitohs (International Double Header)

Opponents: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Date: 17.02.18

Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Tickets: Again, same as last week – probably a little bit too late now…

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Wigan Fan TV Preview with Adam Hills

A look at the Opposition

The Rabbitohs, the most successful side in Australian Rugby League history, in Sydney – what a prospect. Firstly, let’s discuss the elephant in the room, this is a trial game, it’s not the World Club Challenge. This is the first hit out of the season for the Bunnies and both sides have named extended benches, the game over the 80 minutes is probably going to feel a little disjointed because of that, however…

Souths v Wigan should be a celebration of two fantastic clubs and should, for the first half at least, look like a competitive game, like we have seen in some of the previous World Club Series match ups.

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South’s under new management, Anthony Seibold who replaced Wigan fan favourite, Michael Maguire at the end of the 2017 campaign, will be keen to see how his new team compete under his guidance. The team that Souths have picked is very much a trial side, no Sam Burgess, no Greg Inglis and no Dane Gagai. However, the “twins” are in the squad and Robbie Farah – lots of players who perhaps have a point to prove to the Bunnies supporters or who are competing for a place in the squad by the time the NRL starts.

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Team News

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Image from https://twitter.com/SSFCRABBITOHS 

Souths Team

 

Thoughts on the Game

It’s really difficult to know what to expect from this game, both teams will utalise their extended benches and there could be quite a lot of interruption during the game as a consequence. Wigan have named their 1 – 13 in squad number order and hopefully they will play for at least 20 minutes together on Saturday which should represent a great contest early on.

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Wigan and Souths will then blood youngsters throughout the game, which, looking back at when Wigan beat the Vodafone Warriors in 2014, wasn’t a bad move! A young Dom Manfredi came onto the field and made a big impression, along with a certain Sam Powell in the halves.

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Wigan have the benefit of having played two Super Leagues before this game and I hope that this will pay dividends during the game and lead to a Wigan victory. The game is also a great opportunity for the likes of Craig Mullen and Josh Ganson to impress on a big stage.

I think Wigan will win and hopefully win well, owing to their strength in depth.

Prediction

The Wigan Rugby Blog predicts:

Score: Souths 16 – 28 Wigan

First Try Scorer: Joe Burgess

 

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