Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors Tips | 13th April 2018
RUGBY LEAGUE tipster Andrew Day delivers his best bets from Friday’s Super League showdown between the Leeds Rhinos and the Wigan Warriors.
This weekend the Warriors head to the home of the Champions, the Leeds Rhinos, knowing a defeat will see the Yorkshire team go above them in the table. A victory will keep them in touching distance of first place St Helens, with a game in hand. All to play for!
Rhinos v Warriors – Key Stats
These two faced off three times last season in all competitions with the Warriors winning 34–0 at the DW Stadium either side of defeats at Headingley Stadium. In last seasons games, Wigan scored an average of 22.6 points.
The average total match points scored in 2017 was a lowly 42. Wigan’s top try scorer last season against The Rhinos was George Williams with four.
The Warriors managed to overcome a 15–0 half time deficit to leave the South of France victorious with a 32–23 win over the Catalan Dragons last weekend.
That victory kept them in 2nd place in the Super League, however they face a much sterner test this weekend as they travel to a venue that hasn’t been kind to them over the years.
The Cherries have won just twice in their last seven visits to Headingley including a 32–16 defeat in last years first round!
Leeds are currently in a rich vein of form, having won five of their last six games, including last week’s tight 28–26 victory over Wakefield. A game which – like Wigan – saw the Rhinos overcome a first half deficit to take the two points.
The Rhinos also have two of the leagues top six try scorers in their ranks, and the Warriors will be well aware of the threat from Kallum Watkins and Ash Handley, who between them have scored 15 tries so far this season.
Despite Wigan’s poor record away to Leeds, they will take heart from their away form so far this season.
In their four away games, they have scored an average of 25 points and have managed to keep the back door closed by conceding an average of just 18 points.
With Leeds also having a low scoring record at home – an average score of 21 points – the stats point towards a low scoring encounter that could go either way.
I am backing Wigan to continue their solid away form and nick the result by small margins.