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Sky Sports pundits clash over Sam Burgess and Warrington Wolves’ approach

Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess

Warrington Wolves continued their fine season on Saturday evening with another impressive victory. This time Sam Burgess masterminded a win for Wire over Catalans Dragons in the South of France.

It was the first time the Dragons had been beaten in Perpignan this season and it was another green tick on the CV of Burgess who has made Warrington contenders this season against all odds.

One thing missing off Burgess’ superb record sheet since taking over at the Halliwell Jones Stadium is a victory over Wigan Warriors. Super League Champions Wigan still remain favourites for all three trophies this season.

One of those is the Challenge Cup, where Wigan and Warrington will meet at Wembley in less than two weeks now. Before that though is another showdown between the teams in Super League at the Halliwell Jones Stadium next Saturday afternoon.

Should Warrington Wolves rest players against Wigan Warriors?

Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess. Credit: Imago Images

The dilemma now facing both Burgess and Wigan head coach Matt Peet is whether to rest players for the first meeting between the teams in Super League next week.

It’s not uncommon in the past for teams to rest players in the league the week before the Challenge Cup Final, however, this is a slightly different scenario in that the two teams who will meet at Wembley play each other the week before.

There is also the added ingredient of both teams likely to go into that game level on points and joint top of the table, meaning the two competition points on offer could be crucial come the end of the season.

It’s a debate that certainly caused some debate in the Sky Sports studio after Warrington’s victory over Catalans, with pundits Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Kyle Amor disagreeing on the approach both sides should take.

“I think they’ve got all the momentum behind them, they’ve got some interesting games coming up, none more so than the dress rehearsal before the Challenge Cup Final,” said Amor.

He continued: “I think he (Burgess) has to rest a couple of players, the big win over Hull KR and then this win over here in the heat. If there’s an opportunity to refresh and recharge then it’s next week.”

However, Jones-Buchanan believes Burgess and Warrington, who have now gone 69 years without winning a league title, should take a more left-field approach and go all out to win the league match.

“I think this is massive. I think the first game in the league now is massive. If they knock Wigan off, who would still have a game in hand, then I think that really throws cat amongst the pigeons,” said JJB.

He added: “I think it just nudges Warrington ahead of them in the league and that’s what they want isn’t it?”

The first game between Warrington and Wigan in Super League takes place on Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off. The teams will then meet exactly seven days later at the same time, on that occasion though the victors will claim Challenge Cup glory at Wembley.

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