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  1. Wigan Warriors players will be wearing special embroidered shirts for their upcoming Betfred Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos in support of Leeds’ legend Rob Burrow. The players will adorn a word each Warriors players has chosen to describe Burrow – who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019 – alongside their name. The shirts will be auctioned off via the Wigan Warriors Community Foundation eBay page with all proceeds to be donated to the Rob Burrow Fund. Wigan Warriors executive director, Kris Radlinski: “We have always said that we would do something for Rob when Wigan played Leeds in Super League. “Rather than just a financial gesture, we felt that it was important to let Rob know just what an impact that he had on his fellow players during his time as a player, and his inspirational approach and conduct since his diagnosis. We were all devastated when we heard about Rob’s condition but typically and expectedly, we came together to support him in such a unique way. “I have never seen such an outpouring of emotion from a sport to one of its own. I hope that Rob gains great strength, safe in the knowledge that he is constantly in our thoughts at Wigan and we are all with him on this journey.” Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin has also praised Burrow ahead of the Club’s clash with the Rhinos, describing Burrow as ‘inspirational’ on his own jersey. “To have that symbol embroidered on the shirt is pretty special and I think the boys will wear the shirt with pride,” said the Wigan legend. “It’s nice of the Club to acknowledge what Rob and his family are going through. “Rob’s a pretty special character in the sport – whether you know him or not – he’s small in stature but big in personality and was always big in performances throughout his career. “He’s a symbolic figure in the Super League era and for the boys to get a word on the shirt that they see Rob as is a nice touch and a good way to show our support.” Details of how to bid on the jerseys will be released in due course. For more information on the Rob Burrow Fund, click here. The post Warriors support for Rob Burrow appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  2. Executive director Kris Radlinski has praised Wigan Warriors fans for their messages of support on the day the Club opened the platform for season ticket holders to confirm their credit options for the 2020 season. Following the Warriors’ email to season ticket holders on Friday confirming the credit options available to 2020 season ticket holders, the Club have tonight (Wednesday 12th August) opened up the platform for which fans can submit how they’d like their season ticket money to be processed, whether that be a donation to the Club, a credit option or a refund due to the Covid-19 crisis. Speaking about the next step of the process, Radlinski said: “First and foremost, I’d like to reiterate how humbled and grateful we have been by our fans’ response and patience throughout the coronavirus crisis. Internally, we have been working on a process that is easy for fans to interpret, for them to participate in and one that with a limited number of staff available to us as a Club and at the DW Stadium Ticket Office, is efficient and streamlined enough to put into action. “In my previous correspondents to our fans I stated how important the financial contribution and sacrifice will be for the Club moving forward. The response of fans who have kindly been in touch since that email has been phenomenal, which only goes to confirm what I have learned as a player – and now in my role as executive director – that our fanbase really are the Loyal 18. “Myself, Head Coach Adrian Lam and Club Captain Sean O’Loughlin have been in discussions with our Marketing and Communications team throughout this process and the one thing we have all wanted to convey is how our players – from the senior squad down to our youth teams – are extremely proud and touched by how our fan base and town have pulled together in a time of shared hardship across the community. This senior leadership group believe this collective act of generosity can act as constant inspiration to the playing group, alongside a permanent reminder of the Fan Wall, which will be installed at our Robin Park Arena training facility – in the indoor running track where our players walk past every single day. “I think it’s a powerful example of how close and tight-knit we are as a Club and as a community that our players want to use this time of adversity to get closer to our supporters and personally, I will work hard to make sure it’s spectacular and worthy of the commitment and generosity of our fans to become be a constant reminder and point of reference for years to come. “It’s imperative that those fans who feel they can help us as a Club are made to feel that their selfless contribution is not only acknowledged, but is woven into the fabric of who we are as a Club and what we do as an organisation. We are also working on an exclusive Fan Appreciation Shirt that the players will wear on a day-to-day basis that has every fan’s name included in the design, and not only that, we are building an exciting project of rewarding those fans who go the extra mile with exclusive offers, content and events all to be rolled out for the 2021 season. “Our priority though is navigating this crisis – a crisis that throws up different challenges every day. The sport is working tirelessly to fight through an ever-changing environment and we have shown real togetherness, compromise and adaptability to do so already. To continue to fight this fight, it’s inspiring to know that we have the Cherry and White army firmly behind us!” For more information on the platform for season ticket holders and the options they can take, view Kris Radlinski’s email in full here or click here to visit the portal and enter your details. The post Radlinski: Time to pull together appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  3. Fantastic benefits for supporters who are willing to donate their credit to the Club.Exclusive Fan Appreciation Shirt, Fan Wall inclusion and ticket/retail priority on offer to donors.Credit for 2021/2022 and refund options also available if needed. The online portal for season ticket holders to confirm their preferred choice of credit option is now open, with supporters urged to consider the fantastic range of exclusive benefits on offer to every fan that opts to donate the funds back to the Club. Executive director Kris Radlinski has tonight emailed all supporters who have registered their relevant contact details within our ticketing database with the following update to explain the process… Dear Valued Season Ticket Holder, Further to my email on Friday explaining the credit options that we are making available to 2020 season ticket holders, I am pleased to confirm that the platform to submit your response is now open for the rest of August. We would like to thank all of our supporters for their loyalty and patience throughout the massive challenges that Covid-19 has created for the Club. As you will have understood from our Chairman’s last letter to you, the financial contribution of season tickets is a vital component to the Club’s survival. If you can afford to support a collective effort by committing a portion of your season ticket as a donation, this will make a massive difference in overcoming the challenges that we face. We understand that everybody has different circumstances as a result of Covid-19 and as such we have a range of options below for you to consider. Your Options Donate any credit you are owed to the Club to support us through this testing period and receive a range of fantastic incentives, including an exclusive 2021 Fan Appreciation Shirt, a place on our Fan Wall at Robin Park Arena and first place in the queue for all forthcoming ticket releases and retail launches – see our full list of benefits below. When you click through to the response form, you will see that you can convert your donation into the equivalent number of weekly Warriors Lotto entries if you prefer*, enjoying all the same benefits as above. Keep any credit you are owed on file as a discount against your 2021 or 2022 season ticket. Claim any credit you are owed as a refund. *Only available to supporters aged 16 and above and based in the UK. The platform will remain open until 11.59pm on Monday 31st August 2020 and any credit that you are due will be processed and applied as soon as we have the final confirmed number of games from your original season ticket that have either been cancelled or played behind closed doors. Each game that you are unable to attend for either of these reasons will be worth 1/14th credit of the price that you paid for your season ticket. Please be aware that any supporters who opt against responding during August will have their response set to the first option – a donation to the Club – by default. Benefits of Donating If you are able to make the fantastic gesture of donating your credit back to the Club, we will recognise your contribution by offering you the following fantastic benefits: You will receive an exclusive Fan Appreciation Shirt at the start of the 2021 season, featuring your name woven into the fabric among all those who chose to donate and support our Club through this difficult time. This shirt will not be available to buy in our retail store – we will order the exact number that we need for everyone who donates, based on the shirt size that you can provide to us via the response form. The players will proudly wear this shirt at training and events throughout 2021 as a reminder of your generous support and what it means to the Club. We will also include your name on the Fan Wall that we will be proudly installing within the indoor training area at Robin Park Arena, so that our squad will be reminded of your loyalty to Wigan Warriors every time they train. You will be able to see the Fan Wall on matchdays too, as the location doubles up as our popular new FanZone. In the event of any major fixtures this season – which could be played under limited capacities, dependent on the Covid-19 situation at the time – you will be granted an exclusive priority period to secure your seats that puts you at the front of the queue with fellow donors. You will also receive similar priority on retail product launches throughout 2020. We are aware that many of you receiving this email will be doing so on behalf of an extended group of friends or family. Please complete the response form separately for each member of your group; all we need is a swift and simple selection of contact points and a tick box answer for the option of your choice. We are also conscious that many of our supporters without email/internet access will need to call us to submit their response; to accommodate their needs, a dedicated phone hotline will be available from Monday morning on 01942 762873 and will be open for calls from 9am to midday, every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during August. If, instead, you are able to complete the online form on behalf of any supporters you know who are in this situation, this will be greatly appreciated as we process the many thousands of requests that we are expecting in the coming weeks. We are extremely grateful for your loyalty and patience throughout this ongoing process and we trust that the options provided will suit your individual circumstances. We await further guidance from the government and the game’s governing bodies with regards to the confirmed timeline for a return to match action at the DW Stadium but hope that it will be sooner rather than later and cannot wait for the day when we can get the Wigan family back together again. In the meantime, your support via more distant means – such as considering donating your credit to us to help us through this major challenge – is as vital to us as it has ever been and is appreciated by everyone within the Club. The response of fans who have kindly been in touch since my email last week has been phenomenal, which only goes to confirm what I have learned as a player – and now in my role as executive director – that our fanbase really are the Loyal 18. Best wishes, Kris Radlinski, Executive Director Season ticket holders can click here to access the response form and confirm how they would like to show their support for the Club during this time. The post Platform now open for season ticket credit options appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  4. This weekend’s Betfred Super League programme has been rearranged, in response to the postponement of two scheduled fixtures following the positive Covid-19 tests at Hull FC. Hull’s fixture against Castleford Tigers has been postponed, as a result of the positive tests announced last night. It has also been agreed between Super League Europe, the RFL and the relevant clubs that the Salford Red Devils should postpone their scheduled match against Catalans Dragons, after the track and trace analysis carried out of their match against Hull on Sunday. In response to these unique circumstances, the Betfred Super League clubs have collectively agreed to a rearrangement of this weekend’s fixtures, to ensure that four matches will still be played, as follows: Saturday 15th 4.15pm – Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons 6.30pm – Huddersfield Giants v Warrington Wolves Sunday 16th 4.15pm – St Helens v Castleford Tigers 6.30pm – Wigan Warriors v Leeds Rhinos All four matches will be shown live on Sky Sports. Betfred Super League Executive Chairman Robert Elstone said: “Throughout this crisis our priority has been to ensure we minimise any risk, and the postponement of this weekend’s scheduled fixtures involving Hull FC and Salford underlines that approach. “It left us with another challenging situation, but it is a credit to the solidarity of the Betfred Super League clubs who agreed to adjust the fixture list at such short notice. “We also appreciate the ongoing support and flexibility of our broadcast partner, and are pleased that we remain able to present four great Super League fixtures this weekend, all live on Sky Sports.” The rescheduling of the St Helens versus Castleford fixture leaves a gap in the Round 16 programme, which will now be filled by the St Helens versus Wakefield Trinity match which had been due for this weekend. The rescheduling means that a new date will be found for Catalans’ home game against Wakefield, which had also been due to be played in Round 16. Those details, along with those regarding the Hull-Castleford and Salford-Catalans matches which had been due this weekend, will be announced when confirmed. The RFL will make a further announcement as soon as possible regarding the Coral Challenge Cup Sixth Round ties scheduled for Saturday week, August 22 – when Hull FC are due to play Castleford Tigers. The post Reshuffle of upcoming Super League fixtures appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  5. Take part in our ten question Cherry and White Quiz for the chance to win a free year subscription for Wigan TV!Answer all ten questions based on Wigan and Leeds and share your results on Twitter to be in with a chance of winning.The winner will be notified on Twitter by 9pm on Wednesday 12th August. Test your knowledge with ten questions based on Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Super League Round 9 fixture for the chance to win a free year subscription for Wigan TV! Every Tuesday, as part of Trivia Tuesday, we will be posting a ten question quiz for Wigan fans to take part – based on the upcoming fixture. There will be a variety of multiple choice questions – focusing on Wigan and the opposition they are going to face that week. To be in with a chance of winning a free year Wigan TV subscription, all you have to do is answer all ten questions within the 60 seconds and share your results on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon. The winner will be awarded a free 12 month pass to Wigan TV – if you are new to Wigan TV you will receive a coupon code. If you already have an account, your subscription will be extended by a year. Please note the closing date for the quiz is Wednesday 12th August at 9pm. The winner will be notified on Twitter. So, what you waiting for? Scroll down and play! The Cherry and White Quiz (Leeds, Round 9) Test your knowledge with ten questions based on Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos ahead of Saturday’s Betfred Super League Round 9 fixture for the chance to win a free year subscription for Wigan TV! Who scored their first senior try against Leeds last season? How many current Wigan players have previously played for Leeds? How many times have Wigan met Leeds in Super League Grand Finals? Who scored a drop-goal for Wigan in the 14-23 victory against Leeds at Emerald Headingley Stadium last season? Who did not score in the Warriors’ 34-16 win over Leeds at the DW Stadium last February? When did Wigan and Leeds last meet in a Challenge Cup final? How many combined Betfred Super League titles have Wigan and Leeds won? Which Wigan legend also played for Leeds? In what year did Zak Hardaker win the Steve Prescott Man of Steel whilst playing for Leeds? Who scored a hat-trick in Wigan’s 46-8 victory against Leeds in 2018? You’re definitely a Saints fan! You need to touch up more on your knowledge. Well done! A good score. There’s still room for improvement though. Congratulations! A fantastic score! Make sure to share your result with us on Twitter for the chance to win a free year subscription for Wigan TV! Quiz Maker – powered by Riddle The post Trivia Tuesday: Leeds Quiz appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  6. Harry Smith shares his thoughts after Sunday’s victory over Wakefield Trinity. Half-back played 70 minutes at Emerald Headingley Stadium after replacing an injured Tommy Leuluai. Smith: “I was happy with what I brought to the team.” After kicking a drop-goal that made the difference in Sunday’s win over Wakefield Trinity, Wigan Warriors half-back Harry Smith has expressed his delight in his own performance. The 20-year-old played 70 minutes at Emerald Headingley Stadium after replacing Tommy Leuluai, who suffered an ankle injury. And Smith’s mature performance saw him be awarded the Betfred Man of the Match on Sky Sports and two Steve Prescott Man of Steel points. He said: “I was happy with what I brought to the team. Unfortunately, Tommy came off earlier than expected – hopefully he’s okay. Smith celebrates after kicking the drop-goal. “I thought I did well, though I do think I could have got my hands on the ball a bit more in the second half. Overall, I was happy with what I did. “The drop-goal was a good moment and it obviously helped us get the win in the end. Sam Powell was shouting at me the set before to go for it, but to do it at that time I did was perfect.” Cool as The @harrytsmith7 drop-goal that proved to be the difference #WWRL pic.twitter.com/TpMjDjAgH4 — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 10, 2020 Despite playing behind closed doors and without any fans, the England Knights scrum-half believes his team coped well with the new experience. “It was strange when we scored tries and you couldn’t hear anything,” he said. “It was really weird and it was a bit eerie, but I thought we created a good atmosphere ourselves as a team and got up for it and got the win.” Smith was the Betfred Man of the Match on Sky Sports. Next up for Wigan in the Betfred Super League is Leeds Rhinos on Saturday at St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium. And Smith is hoping he can get his chance again and make an impact within Adrian Lam’s team. “Hopefully, I’ll get the chance again – in what will be a tough game against Leeds. After their heavy loss to St Helens at the weekend, they’ll be up for it and will want to respond, so it will be a good game. “If we go into it complacent – it can come back to bite us, but if we have the right attitude and play how we know we can play – hopefully we’ll get a positive result.” The post Smith: Happy with contribution appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  7. Zak Hardaker speaks to Wigan TV after Sunday’s win over Wakefield Trinity. Warriors get off to winning start in the Betfred Super League restart and Hardaker stresses the importance of building on the two points. Watch the full interview on Wigan TV. Zak Hardaker admits the Betfred Super League restart feels like pre-season mode and beginning a new season again. Wigan’s No.1 scored a try, set up two and converted three goals on his 200th Super League appearance on Sunday afternoon as his side beat Wakefield Trinity. Hardaker celebrates his try vs Wakefield. Speaking to Wigan TV after the restart opener, the 28-year-old says the focus now is about building and improving on the 22-23 result at Emerald Headingley Stadium. He said: “It’s just important to get the win – it’s like going back to pre-season and starting again. You want to build on wins and performances and that’s what we’ve got to do from today (Sunday). @zakhardaker1 bagged his first try of the season yesterday! That pass from @harrytsmith7 though Re-watch the full game/highlights on Wigan TV https://t.co/nEuSjg2PzU#WWRL pic.twitter.com/OwpzkBsK3y — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 10, 2020 “We played pretty well in patches. In the second half – towards the back ends of the sets – we didn’t finish very well. We kept turned the ball over cheaply, gave too many penalties away and were on the back foot defending our own line, but if there’s one positive we take from it – we defended our line really well. “As Lammy (Adrian Lam) says – we’ve got things to work on. We’ve got a little turnaround now and we’ll focus on Leeds.” You can watch the rest of the interview with Zak as he talks about getting off the mark with his first try of the season, praises Harry Smith and Wigan’s squad depth and describes the experience of playing with no fans in the stadium. Click here to watch the full interview. The post Hardaker: Important to build on win appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  8. Enjoy three great moments from Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors and vote for your favourite.This week, enjoy a first try of the season for Zak Hardaker, a clinical touchdown from Bean French and a vital drop-goal from Harry Smith.Place your vote in the poll below! Enjoy three great moments from Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors and vote for your favourite. Wigan returned to Betfred Super League action for the first time in five months on Sunday with a 22-23 victory over Wakefield Trinity. We’ve picked out three great moments from the game at Emerald Headingley Stadium for you to enjoy. Simply watch the video below and then vote on your favourite! This week, enjoy a first try of the season for Zak Hardaker, a clinical touchdown from Bean French and a vital drop-goal from Harry Smith. Watch below: MOMENT OF THE MATCH | Enjoy three great moments from yesterday's win, courtesy of @zakhardaker1, Bevan French and @harrytsmith7, then place your vote below! Brought to you by @Myprotein. Use code 'Warriors' for 35% off at https://t.co/U1WUQJUXU7 #WWRL pic.twitter.com/91459h979j — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 10, 2020 NOW place your vote: Which moment gets your vote? #WWRL — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 10, 2020 The post Moment of the Match appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  9. Adrian Lam reflects on Wigan’s 22-23 win over Wakefield Trinity on Sunday. Warriors move to the top of the Betfred Super League after victory in the restart opener. Lam: “After so long off, the priority is to win and to get the two points.” Adrian Lam says the effort of his side pleased him the most as Wigan Warriors began the Betfred Super League restart campaign with a win over Wakefield Trinity on Sunday. It was a 77th-minute drop-goal from youngster Harry Smith that was the difference between the two teams as the Warriors edged an entertaining contest 23 points to 22. Four tries from Zak Hardaker, Bevan French, Liam Marshall and Jake Bibby helped Wigan on their way to victory at Emerald Headingley Stadium. And Lam says the two points gained is the ‘priority’. He said: “The happy part for me was the effort that everyone was putting in. After so long off, the priority is to win and to get the two points. “It got a bit tense at the end but for the majority of the game I felt pretty safe. I thought our effort was great in a lot of areas and there’s a lot of positive signs for us as a club. #WWRL pic.twitter.com/L5ZuzPYBjz — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 9, 2020 “I thought, as a team, we could have finished our sets a lot better – that’s where we let ourselves down. That will come with time though. “I felt we could have scored a few more tries, but it’s only game one of the restart and it’s about being patient with that – it’s an area we can fix.” Zak Hardaker going in to score Wigan’s first try on Sunday. Lam was keen to point praise at two individuals within his team – 20-year-old scrum-half Smith, who became the match winner with his drop-goal, and Zak Hardaker, who made his 200th Super League appearance. On Smith, he said: “I thought he was pretty good. He’s got a big future. Harry’s going to get better and he knows that – we’ll closely with him to make sure he does. “He is more mature now and can handle these games.” Harry Smith appreciation post #WWRL pic.twitter.com/7UcOl2Do6C — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 9, 2020 On Hardaker, Lam stated: “Zak’s voice was unbelievable. He was so passionate in defence – that’s who is he and that’s what he brings to the team. He brings a different level with his voice. He was outstanding.” Lam explained what happened to half-back Tommy Leuluai, as he left the field early in the first half and did not play on for the remainder of the game. “Tommy rolled his ankle – we could have played on with him but with it being the first game back we didn’t want to risk it. “It was difficult. We lost him in the Semi-Final last year and capitulated. We had Harry Smith – who is more mature now and can handle these games. “Bevan (French) went down early in the game too with a knock to his back and we ended up playing him on the wing just to make sure we didn’t use up a sub.” Bevan French in action against Wakefield. The boss also commented on skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who was ruled out of the matchday squad due to an injury picked up in training this week. “He strained his hamstring on Thursday. It wasn’t a bad one, but he pulled out of captain’s run on Friday.” The post Lam: Winning was the priority appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  10. Match report as Wigan Warriors return to Betfred Super League action with a 22-23 victory over Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley Stadium. A Harry Smith drop-goal proved to be the difference in a tight encounter. Full time: Wakefield Trinity 22- 23 Wigan Warriors Wigan Warriors kicked off their Betfred Super League restart with a 22-23 victory over Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley Stadium. In what was their first game since mid-March, Adrian Lam’s side needed to work hard to secure a victory, with a Harry Smith drop-goal proving pivotal following a late resurgence from Trinity. Liam Marshall was amongst the scorers for the Warriors, as he marked his 100th career appearance with a try. Meanwhile, Jake Bibby powered his way over to get his first for the Club. The first points of the afternoon went to Wakefield, as Tony Gigot successfully converted a penalty after ten minutes of play. Wigan nearly instantly responded, as Bibby came close to grounding the ball following a great chip forward by Marshall and claw back into play by Bevan French. Lam’s side didn’t have to wait too much longer to put themselves on the scoresheet, as some excellent play by Smith assisted Zak Hardaker, who dashed through a gap in the Trinity defence. The centre then added the extras to make it 2-6 after 15 minutes. Hardaker then turned creator, as he produced a superb short kick, which was expertly finished by French in the corner to extend the Wigan lead. Trinity came close to pulling one back, but a great defensive effort by the Warriors saw Max Jowitt held up. Seven minutes before the break, Chris Chester’s side did pull a try back after a good period as Kyle Wood went over. Wigan quickly re-established their eight-point lead, as Jackson Hastings kicked the ball through to Marshall who gathered to run through and touch down for a try in his 100th career appearance. Hardaker was on hand to add the extras to make it 6-16 and extend the Warriors’ lead to ten points at the break. Ten minutes into the second half, Lam’s side added their fourth of the game, as a determined Bibby forced his way to the line and somehow grounded the ball to get his first try for the Club, despite the best efforts of the Trinity defence. With 15 minutes remaining, Wakefield pulled one back, with Tom Johnstone producing an astonishing one-handed finish in the corner to get past French and keep himself in play. Gigot added the extras to make it 12-22, heading into the final stages. That try saw Trinity come to life and put the Wigan defence under pressure, resulting in another try, with Liam Kay finding space on the right wing to add his name to the scoresheet. With three minutes left, Smith added another point for the Warriors as he found himself in space to produce a drop goal, which went over via the left post. That was still not the end of proceedings, as a spirited Trinity went other for another try as Kay crossed the line for his second, with Jowitt converting. In the final few moments, Chester’s side missed the opportunity to level things, as Jacob Miller could not put a drop-goal attempt on target, with Wigan able to hold on to claim a victory in their first game since the restart. Wakefield Trinity: Tony Gigot, Liam Kay, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Tom Johnstone, Jacob Miller, Max Jowitt, Tinirau Arona, Kelepi Tanginoa, Jay Pitts, Craig Kopczak, Josh Wood, Romain Navarrete. Interchanges: Kyle Wood, Danny Kirmond, Adam Tangata, David Fifta. Tries: K. Wood (33′), Johnstone (65′), Kay (70,’ 77′) Conversions: Gigot (1/3), Jowitt (1/1) Penalties: Gigot (1/1) Wigan Warriors: Bevan French, Dom Manfredi, Zak Hardaker, Jake Bibby, Liam Marshall, Jackson Hastings, Thomas Leuluai, Ethan Havard, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, Liam Byrne, Sam Powell, Joe Bullock. Interchanges: George Burgess, Mitch Clark, Harry Smith, Morgan Smithies. Tries: Hardaker (14′), French (23′), Marshall (36′), Bibby (50′) Conversions: Hardaker (3/4) Drop-goal: Harry Smith (77′) Match Action: Wakefield Trinity – Wigan Warriors The post Match report: Wakefield 22-23 Wigan appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  11. Follow all the game day action live on Twitter as Wigan Warriors return to the Betfred Super League in Round 8 against Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley Stadium. Tweets by WiganWarriorsRL The post Follow live: Wigan vs Wakefield appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  12. As we get ever closer to Wigan Warriors’ return to Betfred Super League action after five months away, we take a look at the stats and facts from the 2020 campaign so far. Results Round 1: Wigan Warriors 16-10 Warrington Wolves (DW Stadium) Zak Hardaker celebrates victory over Warrington. Round 2: Castleford Tigers 16-12 Wigan Warriors (Mend-A-Hose Jungle)Round 3: Wigan Warriors 32-10 Toronto Wolfpack (DW Stadium) – Please note this result has been expunged after Toronto withdrew from the Betfred Super League on 20th July. Player stats earned in the game still stand.Round 4: Wigan Warriors 26-12 Hull FC (DW Stadium)Round 5: Huddersfield Giants 10-42 Wigan Warriors (John Smith’s Stadium)Round 6: Wigan Warriors 30-16 Hull KR (DW Stadium) Liam Marshall scores a try against Hull KR. Round 7: Salford Red Devils 18-14 Wigan Warriors (AJ Bell Stadium) Player stats Bevan French, Jackson Hastings, Tommy Leuluai, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell and Morgan Smithies have featured in all seven games so far.Liam Marshall is the top try scorer with five to his name. Bevan French and Jackson Hastings are just behind with four each. A reminder of our top try scorers so far this season…#WWRL pic.twitter.com/y4Zt7iD9WB — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 8, 2020 Zak Hardaker has the most goals with 23 and the most points with 46.Jackson Hastings has the most assists with eight, while Bevan French is behind him on four.Bevan French is third on the Steve Prescott Man of Steel leaderboard with seven points. Liam Farrell is also in the top ten with six points to his name, while Liam Marshall and Jackson Hastings have five points each. Bevan French. Team stats Wigan have scored 30 tries overall in 2020 so far.In total, the Warriors have made 2370 tackles, 249 tackle busts, 1242 carries, 8665 metres and 50 clean breaks. League stats 6 games (minus the Toronto game)Won 4Drawn 0Lost 2Points For: 140Points Against: 82Points Difference: 588 points Dom Manfredi and Liam Farrell celebrate a win over Hull KR in March. League table (as of 8th August, 9pm) Leeds RhinosWigan WarriorsWarrington WolvesCatalans Dragons Castleford TigersHuddersfield GiantsSt Helens Hull FCWakefield TrinitySalford Red Devils Hull KR Debutants Four players have made their Wigan debuts so far in 2020:Jake Bibby George BurgessJackson Hastings Mitch Clark @JackoHastings so far in 2020:#WWRL pic.twitter.com/f2jZ77OfQp — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 8, 2020 Fixtures to come in August… Sunday 09/08/2020: Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors (Emerald Headingley Stadium, 3:15pm – live on Sky Sports Arena and Our League)Saturday 15/08/2020: Wigan Warriors vs Leeds Rhinos (Totally Wicked Stadium, 6:30pm – live on Sky Sports Arena and Our League)Sunday 30/08/2020: Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons (Halliwell Jones Stadium, 3:15pm – live on Sky Sports Arena and Our League) Click here for our match preview on Wakefield Trinity vs Wigan Warriors. The post 2020 so far: In stats appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  13. Sam Powell talks self preparation for Wigan Warriors’ opening restart fixture against Wakefield Trinity on Sunday. This week marks exactly eight years since the hooker made his debut for the Club. Powell: “Everyone is dying to get going again. I can’t wait to get back out there.” In the week that marked eight years since he made his debut for the Club, Sam Powell says Wigan Warriors’ preparation for their first restart fixture has been based on themselves. Wigan take on Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday afternoon (3:15pm) as they return to Betfred Super League action for the first time in five months. And despite being aware of the threat the opposition poses, hooker Powell admits the last three weeks of training have focused on his own team. “It is a tough one to prepare for,” he said. “We have to go in to it thinking how do we want to play, focusing on ourselves and making sure we put our best foot forward. Powell is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a try in Wigan’s last Betfred Super League game against Salford in mid-March. “At a club like Wigan – if we play as we should do, we should win the game. Wakefield have always had quite a big team and their middle pack is something we have to be wary of. “When you look at their backs – it’s as good as any with a lot of threat – we will have to deal with that if we’re going to have any success. “When we started training together three weeks ago – it was about preparing our bodies for what is to come, and we understand that the games will come thick and fast. It’s been three weeks of hard training and preparation. Powell in action in March. “You can tell the boys are excited because we are rugby players and that was something we couldn’t do during lockdown. It’s back now and we get to compete again. Everyone is dying to get going again. I can’t wait to get back out there.” Monday marked exactly eight years since Powell made his debut for the Warriors – where he scored against Hull FC in a 48-10 win at the DW Stadium. With six games to go until he reaches 200 appearances, the 28-year-old expressed how proud he is to have played for his hometown club since 2012. #OnThisDay EIGHT years ago @SammPowell scored on his Warriors debut! Nine tries, including a hat-trick from @Joshuacharnley, saw us thrash Hull FC 48-10 at the @DWStadium!#WWRL pic.twitter.com/OsrrC3j3Lc — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 3, 2020 He said: “It’s ridiculous how fast it goes! I’m really proud of it. “In parts of my career, I probably wasn’t 100 percent sure if I fitted in here at Wigan because I had to wait for a starting spot, but I was grateful that I had the chance to stay on and now I’m able to cement my place in the team. “Hopefully, I go injury-free and get to 200 soon, which will be a big achievement for me and my family.” Fans can watch Sunday’s game either on the Sky Sports Arena channel or via the RFL’s OurLeague app, with Warriors season ticket holders being sent streaming access codes on Thursday via email. Support our Academy by becoming a Lotto member Can you chip in just £1 per week to support our Academy? Join Lotto now and that’s where all the proceeds go… once we’ve paid out some huge weekly prizes! Click here to find out more… The post Powell: Focused on ourselves appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  14. Everything you need to know for Sunday’s Betfred Super League clash with Wakefield Trinity. The Brief The waiting is nearly over! After five months away, Wigan Warriors return to Betfred Super League action on Sunday afternoon as they take on Wakefield Trinity in Round 8 at Emerald Headingley Stadium (3:15pm kick off). After 21 weeks without playing due to lockdown and Covid-19, Wigan travel to Leeds sitting second in the league table with four wins from six games so far in 2020. However, it’s been a contrasting story thus far for Wakefield, who have lost three of their opening five games and are currently ninth in the league standings. Emerald Headingley Stadium. Team News Ben Flower is still unavailable after receiving a two-match penalty notice for Grade C Dangerous Contact against Hull KR in Round 6. Ollie Partington also misses out after receiving a four-match ban for Grade D Dangerous Contact in the same game in early March. Prop Tony Clubb has been ruled out of Sunday’s game with a neck injury. Centre Oliver Gildart will also miss out as he continues his recovery from a dislocated shoulder sustained last Autumn on Great Britain’s tour of New Zealand. Here is Wigan’s 21-man squad: The Opposition Here is Wakefield’s 21-man squad: Here it is… Your Trinity 21-man squad for Sunday's game against @WiganWarriorsRL! Read More: https://t.co/gfiCpXUjYj pic.twitter.com/GVwOZUIJZu — Wakefield Trinity (@WTrinityRL) August 7, 2020 Did You Know? There are a number of changes to the game on the field of play, which been approved by the RFL Board. Some of the changes are temporary, in specific response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the challenges of resuming the season in 2020. Two of the new changes include the removal of scums and the ‘six again’ rule being introduced – where any offence in the tackle other than foul play – such as lying on in the tackle or interfering at the play-the-ball – would lead to the referee resetting the six tackle count back to zero, rather than giving a penalty. To see the full list of rule changes, click here. There will be a number of changes to the game on the field of play when the @Betfred @SuperLeague resumes this Sunday. These were recommended at the June meeting of the RFL’s Laws Committee, and have since been approved by the RFL Board. More: https://t.co/j3rW5zWIT5 pic.twitter.com/4kZciZ19XR — Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) July 29, 2020 Wigan will make their second appearance in the 2020 alternative kit on Sunday. The first time the team wore the yellow jersey was the last time the Warriors played in the Betfred Super League – away at Salford in mid-March. Jackson Hastings is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a try against Salford. The Club, in partnership with Principal Club Partner Prestone, have released the specially-designed hummel limited-edition shirt to raise awareness of the superb work of the North West Air Ambulance Charity. The charitable organisation provides helicopter emergency medical service that covers the North West England region, consisting of the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside The Warriors will also be donating £5 from the sale of every shirt to North West Air Ambulance Charity, with the yellow and purple shirts also incorporating a helicopter blade design as well as including NWAA’s charity logo. For more information and details on how to buy a shirt, click HERE. We'll be playing in our yellow alternative shirt on Sunday! £5 from every shirt sold goes to @NWAirAmbulance. Order online with UK delivery now just £2.50 https://t.co/OTAq23XkqQ#WWRL pic.twitter.com/0hUtT0yEJX — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 7, 2020 Previous Meetings Wigan have won six of the last ten meetings with Wakefield. Last ten meetings: Wakefield 16, Wigan 24 (SLR27, 1/9/19)Wigan 46, Wakefield 16 (SLR23, 18/7/19)Wakefield 30, Wigan 20 (SLR10, 12/4/19)Wigan 25, Wakefield 10 (SLS8-R4, 6/9/18)Wakefield 32, Wigan 16 (SLR17, 7/6/18)Wigan 30, Wakefield 18 (SLR5, 11/3/18)Wakefield 32, Wigan 0 (SLS8-R7, 23/9/17)Wigan 30, Wakefield 42 (SLR16, 29/5/17)Wakefield 10, Wigan 16 (SLR10, 17/4/17)Wigan 60, Wakefield 12 (SLS8-R1, 5/8/16) Liam Farrell scores a try against Wakefield in July last year. Super League summary Wakefield won 12Wigan won 38 (includes win in 2004 play-offs) Head-to-Head Here are a few statistics between the two teams from the season so far: The Stats Please be reminded that, although the Betfred Super League table has been amended following the withdrawal of Toronto Wolfpack, appearances made and points scored by individual players in Toronto fixtures will remain on players’ records. Liam Farrell is one try away from making it 100 for Wigan. The second row, who is in his testimonial year, has made 257 appearances for his hometown club between 2010 and 2020 so far. Zak Hardaker needs one appearance to reach 200 in Super League. The full-back has played 36 times for Wigan (2019-2020), 28 times for Castleford Tigers (2017) and 135 times for Leeds Rhinos (2011-2016). Joe Greenwood needs one appearance to reach 100 in Super League. The second row has played 31 times for Wigan (2018-2019) and 68 times for St Helens (2012-2017) Liam Marshall needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. The winger has played 77 times for Wigan (2017-2020) and 22 times for Swinton Lions (2016, dual-registration). Coach Quotes Speaking at Wednesday’s virtual press conference, via Zoom, at Robin Park Arena, Adrian Lam said: “This week has been about us. “It’s always difficult to play against an opposition where you don’t know who is going to play or you haven’t seen the week before. Lam at Wednesday’s virtual press conference. “We feel if we make sure we’re right and we can handle the tough moments and be resilient through the games, we’ll be okay. “There’s a buzz in the air because they know it’s gameweek again.” “It’s great to be back in a routine again and the players have trained really well. I know they are all happy to be back and to be doing what they love. Lam in training at Robin Park Arena. “Part of the secret to success this year is your recovery and the size of your squad. It will all come into play quite heavily at some point. We’re prepared and are treating everyone the same – nearly our whole squad will get an opportunity to play. We’re excited about it. “We’re in a good position, we’ve just got keep working hard now to see out the rounds.” Match Officials The man in the middle on Sunday will be Ben Thaler. His touch judges are Tom Grant and Dean Bowmer, while the video referee is Marcus Griffiths. Ben Thaler. How to Follow Due to limited media capacity at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Listen Live will unfortunately be unable to broadcast on Sunday. Warriors season ticket holders can watch the game live via the RFL’s OurLeague streaming service. Access codes have been emailed to the address linked to each customer’s client code in order to grant them access to the streaming platform. In addition, the game – like all Betfred Super League fixtures in August – will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. Furthermore, Wigan fans can follow every piece of the action via our social media channels and website. Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – live behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information.Website (www.wiganwarriors.com) – post-match reaction including match report, and Head Coach and players reaction. Wigan TV Matches will also continue to be available – as usual – on Wigan TV, with highlights, extended highlights and full match replays available after the relevant holdback times. There will also be post-match interviews available to watch. If you’re not already a subscriber to Wigan TV, click HERE today to join. Choose a monthly (£5.99), quarterly (£11.99) or annual (£38.99) subscription with no contract. Pay with PayPal or credit/debit card. Other Fixtures Saturday 8th August Castleford Tigers vs Catalans (4:15pm)Warrington Wolves vs Hull KR (6:30pm) Sunday 9th August Salford vs Hull FC (1pm)Wakefield vs Wigan (3:15pm)Leeds vs St Helens (6:30pm) The post Match preview: Wakefield Trinity appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
  15. Willie Isa stresses the importance of ‘high intensity’ when the Warriors take to the field without any fans for the first time on Sunday. Wigan face Wakefield Trinity in their first Betfred Super League game in five months this weekend. Isa: “We want to give back to the fans watching at home.” With games being played behind closed doors due to Covid-19, Willie Isa says his Wigan Warriors side will have to create their own atmosphere on the pitch by being more vocal with each other. The Cherry and Whites return to Betfred Super League action for the first time in five months on Sunday as they take on Wakefield Trinity in Round 8 at Emerald Headingley Stadium (3:15pm kick off). And second row Isa wants the Warriors to show fans watching from home the ‘high intensity’ that has been evident in training over the last three weeks at Robin Park Arena. He said: “We have to put the high intensity we have had in training – into the games. It depends on us. We need to be professional – this is what we all love doing. 𝙒 𝘼 𝙍 𝙍 𝙄 𝙊 𝙍 @ISA_Willie pic.twitter.com/xanG8r0wJg — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) July 31, 2020 “We have to make sure we put ourselves on the line and do what is right for each other. We want to reflect our training standard on to the pitch so everyone can see on TV – we want to give back to the fans watching at home. “It’ll be a bit different, as our fans have always helped us in the past away from home, but we’ve got to make sure we focus on ourselves. “We have to be more vocal with each other during games. Hopefully, our fans will support us by watching the games from home and staying safe.” The 31-year-old forward, who became an NHS volunteer during lockdown, praised the whole Wigan squad for staying fit and healthy after many weeks of individual training at home. “The boys have done really well individually; you can tell everyone has been working hard during the lockdown. “It’s been a bit like pre-season but I feel like we’re continuing on from what we were doing last time before lockdown. “You can tell from the boys they’ve been training away from Robin Park so I can only applaud their effort individually. The main goal now is that we adapt ourselves.” SQUAD NEWS | Adrian Lam has named the 21-man squad to face @WTrinityRL in our first @SuperLeague restart fixture on Sunday! #WWRL #SLWakWig pic.twitter.com/zqvkt4Kuyk — Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) August 7, 2020 Isa also commented on this weekend’s opposition – warning his team that they need to be aware of Wakefield’s different style of play. “We need to be on our game because they play a different game to what we play,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that challenge where they just come forward at you, it will be a good test for us.” Fans can watch Sunday’s game either on the Sky Sports Arena channel or via the RFL’s OurLeague app, with Warriors season ticket holders being sent streaming access codes on Thursday via email. Support our Academy by becoming a Lotto member Can you chip in just £1 per week to support our Academy? Join Lotto now and that’s where all the proceeds go… once we’ve paid out some huge weekly prizes! Click here to find out more… The post Isa: All on us appeared first on Wigan Warriors Blog. View the full article
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