Venue: Leigh Sports Village
Kick Off: 20:05
Referee: Richard Silverwood
Wigan Warriors: 14 John Bateman, 1 Matty Bowen, 5 Joe Burgess, 2 Josh Charnley, 8 Dom Crosby, 12 Liam Farrell, 10 Ben Flower, 20 Ryan Hampshire, 9 Michael McIlorum, 23 Lee Mossop, 13 Sean O’Loughlin, 25 Larne Patrick, 16 Sam Powell, 4 Dan Sarginson, 7 Matty Smith, 28 Ryan Sutton, 24 Taulima Tautai, 11 Joel Tomkins, 6 George Williams
Hull KR: 6 Maurice Blair, 24 John Boudebza, 23 Terry Campese, 2 Ben Cockayne, 22 Jordan Cox, 1 Kieran Dixon, 15 James Donaldson, 26 Sonny Esslemont, 20 James Green, 12 Graeme Horne, 7 Albert Kelly, 11 Kevin Larroyer, 13 Tyrone McCarthy, 4 Josh Mantellato, 21 Aaron Ollett, 5 Ken Sio, 32 Dane Tilse, 8 Adam Walker, 19 Kris Welham
Last Ten Meetings:
Wigan 60-0 Hull KR (SLR13 1/5/15)
Hull KR 22-20 Wigan (SLR3 1/3/15)
Hull KR 14-14 Wigan (SLR24 14/8/14)
Wigan 34-20 Hull KR (SLR5 14/3/14)
Wigan 21-16 Hull KR (SLR23, 2/8/13)
Hull KR 14-46 Wigan (CCR5, 12/5/13)
Hull KR 6-84 Wigan (SLR10, 1/4/13)
Hull KR 36-42 Wigan (SLR26, 2/9/12)
Wigan 36-22 Hull KR (SLR13, 4/5/12)
Wigan 40-6 Hull KR (SLR15, 30/5/11)
Wigan Warriors take on Hull KR on Friday night at the Leigh Sports Village in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.
The Warriors have been forced to move the Cup tie to neighbouring Leigh due work being carried out on the pitch at the DW Stadium.
Wigan have won their last five successive games, including a victory over Friday’s opponents.
When the two sides met in Super League a fortnight ago, Wigan demolished the Robins, scoring 11 tries as they ran out 60-0 winners. Young winger Joe Burgess helped himself to a hat-trick of tries as his side dominated Hull KR. However, there were some mitigating circumstances which led to Rovers’ poor showing.
Skipper Terry Campese, hooker Shaun Lunt, leading point scorer Josh Mantellato and new signing Dane Tilse were all ruled out of the trip to Wigan at the start of the month through injury. To add to coach Chris Chester’s woes, second rower Kevin Larroyer was forced to pull out of the game after picking up an injury during the warm up.
Youngsters Connor Robinson and Josh Guzdek were called into the XVII but a depleted Rovers were no match for the Cherry and Whites.
Hull KR have offered free tickets for the Cup tie to fans that travelled to the DW Stadium for that match.
Warriors head coach, Shaun Wane, is expecting more of a test against Hull KR on Friday night; “It’s going to be a physical game and it’s a game that we simply have to win,” he told Wigantoday.net.
“It’s another big pressure game for us at the weekend, and I think it is the most important game so far this season.”
Meanwhile, Robins second rower Tyrone McCarthy says his side are using May Day’s hammering as motivation for the Cup clash; “Wigan showed us up last time and we want a bit of revenge. We were soft when we played them and we felt sorry for ourselves with the missing personnel,” He told Hull Daily Mail.
“We need to approach it with confidence, knowing we’ve already beaten Wigan at home. If we are as aggressive as we were that day, we are a match for anyone.
“The key is to be aggressive. We need to carry the ball with a bit of intent.”
Rovers Super League win over Wigan in March was their first victory over the Warriors since May 2009.
For 19-time Cup winners Wigan, Josh Charnley looks set to feature having recovered from an ankle injury suffered back in March. Liam Farrell, who failed a late fitness test before last week’s victory over Castleford, retains his place in the 19-man squad and Ben Flower is also named after shaking off a hamstring problem.
The Robins won the Challenge Cup for the only time in their history in 1980, beating cross-city rivals Hull FC in the final 10-5.
Maurice Blair returns for the visitors, while Chester has also named Sonny Esslemont in the squad for the trip to Leigh. Guzdek and Robinson are the men who make way in the 19-man squad.
Prediction: Hull KR by 6 – You can’t read too much into the result between the two sides a fortnight ago form wise. However, Rovers will be incredibly fired up after their humiliation. They should have huge travelling support too, and with Tilse, Mantellato and most importantly, Terry Campese lining up for the Robins, I think there might just be a Cup upset.