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What George Williams’ ban means for Sam Burgess and Warrington Wolves

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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.

However, Warrington being without arguably their main creative outlet may have made their decision for them.

What George Williams’ ban means for Sam Burgess and Warrington Wolves

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.”

Warrington haven’t won a league title for 69 years, and although they’re just one step away from cup glory, it does look like they could be right up there in Super League come the end of the season.

Ultimately, it’s a really tough decision to make. Trust your team can handle both, or prioritise the cup?

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