Can Wigan Pip St Helens to Super League Glory in 2018?

The Wigan Warriors have been solid enough at the beginning of the 2018 Super League campaign. Shaun Wane’s side are second in the table having won six of their eight games so far this year.

Their only defeats? A three-point loss to arch-rivals St Helens and a six-point loss to the Warrington Wolves in testing conditions. Most Wigan fans will still be quietly confident of challenging for rugby league’s top domestic prize at the end of the campaign.

Wane himself admitted that the Warriors were some way below their brilliant best in 2017 and Wigan have worked hard to rectify their biggest problems. The DW Stadium faithful will be proud of their performances in recent months but maintaining intensity is an absolute must.

At the time of writing, Wigan are second with games in hand on most of their Super League rivals and piling on the pressure is key for the Warriors to build momentum.

 

Credit where credit is due, Saints have been good this year but the Warriors were as good as their old rivals at the end of March. Wigan were on the brink of a thrashing at half-time but showed lots of passion and pride to get back into the contest.

On another day, the visitors could have nicked it and Warriors fans will be relishing the chance to exert revenge when Saints visit the DW Stadium in July. That one is well and truly marked on the calendar…

Looking specifically at Wigan, the Warriors have been much better than most of their Super League competitors. From an attacking perspective, Wane’s side have scored more points (246) than ten of their 11 rivals whilst also conceding just 109 points so far this year.

With a points difference of +137, the Warriors are some way clear of the Warrington (+37) who have the third-best record. We don’t need to tell you who is up there alongside Wigan – it looks like a two-way fight between Justin Holbrook’s side and the Warriors in 2018.

Wigan are priced at 4/1 to win the Grand Final in the latest rugby league odds and plenty of punters will fancy the Warriors at that price. On current form, it would be foolish to back against Wane’s side.

In terms of strength in depth, Wigan are well placed to cope with any injury issues throughout the campaign and a real push for the Old Trafford showpiece looks likely. The Warriors have featured in the Grand Final in four of the last five years – competing on the big stage is nothing new.

We’re well underway in the 2018 Super League season and two teams stand tall above the rest of England’s top flight. St Helens and Wigan look destined to reach Old Trafford and the Warriors are arguably better placed to go on and win the Grand Final crown.

Shaun Wane has built an imposing unit at the DW Stadium and consistency, reliability and creativity are just three of their greatest traits. On any given day, Wigan are capable of beating anybody and the Warriors could be celebrating another major triumph come

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