Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Tips | 19th May 2018
RUGBY LEAGUE tipster Andrew Day delivers his best bets from Saturday’s Magic Weekend Super League showdown between Wigan Warriors and the Warringon Wolves.
This weekend Super League heads to Newcastle for the annual Magic Weekend Extravaganza! The Warriors are the 3rd match of the first day and will face local rivals the Warrington Wolves hoping to make it eight wins on the bounce.
Warriors v Wolves – Key Stats
These two faced off four times last season with the Warriors winning on two of those occasions, along with a 24 – 24 draw at Magic Weekend 2017. In last season’s games, the Warriors scored an average of 24.75 points. In the same games, the Warriors conceded an average of 20.5 points. Wigan’s top try scorer last season against The Wolves was Liam Marshall with eight.
The Warriors return to Super League action following a comfortable 28 – 10 Challenge Cup victory over Hull KR.
That win was their 7th on the bounce – in fact Wigan have only lost once since their 16 – 10 defeat to Warrington back in February.
In that winning run they have only failed to score 28 or more points on one occasion and have certainly hit a purple patch in their attacking form. Central to that has been the form of Wigan’s left edge which was, until recently, the wing-centre combination of Burgess and Gildart who chipped in with eight tries between them.
Last weekend, the Wolves moved into the next round of the Challenge Cup with a 66 – 10 victory over Championship side Toronto. That victory was their ninth on the bounce and they have certainly found their form under new coach Steve Price.
Joe Burgess’ season ending injury is a big blow to Wigan, but last week replacement Liam Marshall showed he is more than capable and I expect Wigan’s left edge to continue to be their strongest part of the attack.
Despite being behind Burgess in the pecking order, Marshall has 9 tries this season – joint leader with backs partner Gildart – and with a run in the side now likely, will be hoping to emulate his 23 tries scored last season.
Marshall likes the Magic weekend as well. On his debut in Newcastle last year he scored a hat trick and I expect another big performance from the dynamic winger this time round.