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07/02/14 - Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants - KO 8pm (Sky Sports)

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Poll: Who will win? (39 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win?

  1. Wigan Warriors by 13 points or more (8 votes [20.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 20.51%

  2. Wigan Warriors by 7 to 12 points (11 votes [28.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.21%

  3. Wigan Warriors by 1 to 6 points (4 votes [10.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.26%

  4. Draw (2 votes [5.13%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.13%

  5. Huddersfield Giants by 1 to 6 points (6 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

  6. Huddersfield Giants by 7 to 12 points (3 votes [7.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.69%

  7. Huddersfield Giants by 13 points or more (5 votes [12.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 12.82%

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#141 LordCharles

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:25 PM

After reading comments about Wigan this season after one game I think we have to consider the following.

Wigan have had considerable change in the playing roster since last season.

They clearly have one eye on the WCC in Sydney.

Influential players and match winners such as O'Loughlin, Bateman and Charnley did not play and Micky McIllorum got 15-20minutes.

As a team they are likely to take 6-8 games before they really come together.

On a positive note I personally think they have more depth than most SL squads for 2014 and would put only Huddersfield and Leeds in the same bracket when it comes to assessing the overall depth of their squad.

Shaun Wane proved last year just how good a coach he is and if anything I sense he feels he has a better all round squad this season to go to war with.

Throughout the friendlies and the game with Huddersfield his squad selection is telling and at full strength I think he will run with.

1 - Bowen
2 - Charnley
3 - Goulding
4 - Sarginson
5 - Thornley
6 - Green
7 - Smith
8 - Taylor
9 - McIllorum
10 - Pettybourne
11 - Bateman
12 - Farrell
13 - O'Loughlin

When you consider the options and depth of squad outside of what is in that 13 I think it is safe to say Wigan look very strong for 2014.

They may have lost their opening fixture to a very good Huddersfield team that also has a lot of quality but judge Wigan and their 2014 season off that performance at your peril.

FYI........I am far from a Wigan supporter but I do appreciate just how much quality and the amount of versatility they have within their squad for 2014.

Edited by LordCharles, 10 February 2014 - 07:31 PM.