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Sam Burgess reveals if Warrington Wolves will rest players against Wigan Warriors

Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess speaks to media at St Helens

Warrington Wolves star George Williams will not be lining up for his side’s game against Wigan Warriors this weekend.

He was handed a one-match ban for Grade B Dangerous Contact as he’s at the higher end of the grade.

Five other Grade B charges were handed out, but have only ended up getting players £250 fines.

A lot had been made of the fact that the two sides are meeting in a ‘dress rehearsal’ just a week before they face each other in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

As a result, some suggested that the two sides would field a weakened side in the league fixture, in order to protect star players from injury and fatigue ahead of a huge cup final.

Sam Burgess may now see this as a good opportunity to rest players, as without Williams, the chance of winning is probably lower.

However, of course, the same doesn’t apply to Wigan and Matt Peet, who now have the decision to make themselves.

Sky pundits clashed over this recently, with former Saints star Kyle Amor suggesting that this was an opportunity to “refresh and recharge” and that Burgess should indeed rest some players.

However, former Leeds man Jamie Jones-Buchanan took a different view, didn’t agree, saying the league was still hugely important.

He said: “I think this [game] is massive. If they knock Wigan off… that really throws the cat amongst the pigeons.”

Sam Burgess reveals if Warrington Wolves will rest players against Wigan Warriors

Warrington Wolves players celebrate their Challenge Cup semi-final victory

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Head coach Sam Burgess was asked whether he’d be resting players for the game in a press conference, and he said: “We’ve got a few bumps and bruises, so we won’t put anyone at too much risk.

“I’m not actually nailed down on my squad, but I’m pretty close to full strength. I think I can be full strength.

“I’ll probably know a bit more tomorrow afternoon. We’ll probably name it then. A few guys will get a break, but we’ll try and be as strong as we can.”

Of course, it’s an interesting for the side to be playing the side twice in a week, but they’ve done it before this year, playing London Broncos in round five of Super League, before then facing them in the Challenge Cup.

Burgess reflected on his approach to those games:”I don’t think I did it quite well the first time. So, you know, we’ve just sort of taken a different approach this week.

“You know, we’ve changed a few things, not drastically, but, you know, I just want to be fresh leading into the game next week. So, we’ll see how we go.”

Warrington Wolves first face Wigan Warriors on Saturday 1st June at 3pm at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

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