It’s one of the most exciting games of the season on Thursday night at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, as league leaders Warrington look to defend their position at the summit when they welcome Wigan to Cheshire.
There are exciting and intriguing matchups all across the field – but here are three we’ve picked out in particular that will determine which sides comes out on top and is top of the league come 10pm tonight.
Kurt Gidley v George Williams
Old meets young in the halves on Thursday night, as two men tasked with taking their teams around the park at the Halliwell Jones Stadium lock horns. Kurt Gidley has been a revelation for Warrington, whilst the return of George Williams to the Wigan fold is a major creative boost for Shaun Wane’s side. Will Williams outrun his vastly-experienced counterpart? It’s undoubtedly a huge, huge battle.
Daryl Clark v Sam Powell
2016 is shaping up to be a great year for Daryl Clark, with the Warrington hooker seemingly finding some of the form that made him an England international and a Man of Steel in 2014. Opposite him tonight is a man who’s more accustomed to life in the halves, not the hooking role: Sam Powell. However, the youngster has done an admirable job in the absence of Michael McIlorum – but he’ll have to be on his game tonight to keep Clark quiet.
Ben Currie v John Bateman
Arguably the most exciting individual battle we’ve seen all year, this. Perhaps two of England’s most naturally talented and supremely gifted players lock horns tonight, with Ben Currie and John Bateman both key to victory for their side. Bateman is the star of Super League at the moment in the eyes of many – but Currie will know that a strong showing from him tonight will go a long way towards keeping Bateman and Wigan’s chances of success to a minimum.