Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions: Preview

Leigh Centurions 22-8 Warrington Wolves

This Friday night we have ‘The Battle of the Borough’ between Wigan and Leigh at the DW Stadium, this is the first Super League meeting between the sides since 2005.

Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin played in the last meeting between the teams and he is looking forward to the game. “It’s great to have Leigh back in Super League and to have this fixture.” He added: “Both teams and towns really look forward to it and I think it’s up there with Wigan and Saints, the rivalry is there, it always has been and always will be. It’s been a while (since the last meeting), it makes me feel old as well! They’re great games to be involved in.”

The Warriors come into this game after a strong comeback win against Widnes, but will be bumped and bruised heavily with both Oliver Gildart and John Batemen missing out with shoulder injuries. Jake Shorrocks also misses out through a knee injury and therefore Joe Bretherton and Liam Forsyth make the 19-man squad.

Leigh owner, Derek Beaumont, has challenged the Leigh fans to turn out in force at the DW Stadium, with 2,000 tickets sold at the Leigh Sports Village ticket office. They have announced they will stay open late to cope with extra demand. The Centurions are looking forward to this game after a win over 2014 champions St Helens last Friday, their first Super League win for 12 years.

Curtis Naughton could make his first appearance for Leigh in this game after joining on a season-long loan from Hull FC. Australian forward Lachlan Burr could also make his Centurions debut after he was named in the squad by head coach Neil Jukes.

Wigan Squad: Burgess, Bretherton, Clubb, Escaré, Farrell, Flower, Forsyth, Gelling, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Nuuausala, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sutton, Tautai, Tierney, Tomkins, Williams.

Leigh Squad: Brown, Crooks, Tonga, Dawson, Drinkwater, Hock, Higham, Weston, Hansen, Pelissier, Tickle, Vea, Hampshire, Reynolds, Green, Hopkins, Acton, Burr, Naughton.

Referee: R Hicks

Touch-judges: C Campbell and M Griffiths