18th Man Column – Wigan Evening Post

This weeks contribution to the 18th Man Column, you can find the full column at https://www.wigantoday.net/sport/rugby-league/wigan-warriors 

What were your impressions of the Wigan-Hull FC game?


The Hull game was, more than anything, a good one to win. Injuries certainly played their part for Hull and Wigan had the opportunity to make it a much more comfortable win than they achieved in the end. The humid conditions and the treacherous Rhino rugby ball certainly played their part in the game not quite being the spectacle we all hoped for – but a very good win and a very important two points for Wigan.


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Will you be supporting Leeds, in the World Club Challenge, and Hull FC in their exhibition game with St George Illawarra?


Will I be supporting Leeds in the World Club Challenge – easy, no. I couldn’t support Leeds in anything, even the thought of it is bringing me out in cold sweats! I will be cheering on Wigan old boy, Ryan Hoffman for the Storm and hoping that, in all seriousness, it’s a close game but that the Storm eventually win. We don’t want Leeds having four WCC wins like Wigan now do we? I will be hoping Hull do well on Saturday, my level of animosity towards Hull isn’t quite as high as it towards Leeds for some reason.


Wigan are honouring their past Australian players this week. In no particular order, who are your five favourite Aussies who have played for the club ?


My five favourite Aussies to have played for Wigan are: Pat Richards – Super Man, a guy that didn’t exactly set the world alight in his first season but went on to become for me, a future member of Wigan’s hall of fame. Steve Renouf – to have such a player like Renouf play for the cherry and whites after such an incredible career in the NRL was special, and he made scrum hats fashionable again! Trent Barrett – a man that I think still has an effect on Wigan now, for Sam Tomkins to be coming through the junior ranks when Barrett was at the club was crucial in Tomkins development I think. Brett Dallas – So many fond memories of the early days in the DW with Dallas flying down the wing, he deserved to win more silverware than he eventually did but who can forget his last game and leaving his boots on the field. Brett Finch – a controversial choice possibly but I loved watching Brett Finch in his second year at Wigan, he controlled the team so well and seemed to be a real character off the pitch also.


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