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Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:09 am  
https://wiganwarriors.com/blog/2024/06/ ... eford-r14/

Field missing again, looked more than fine at Wembley but if he is still nursing this calf injury giving him the rest of June off might be for the best long term
https://wiganwarriors.com/blog/2024/06/ ... eford-r14/

Field missing again, looked more than fine at Wembley but if he is still nursing this calf injury giving him the rest of June off might be for the best long term
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 11:21 am  
The fixture list has to be better next year. I feel for the players having to motivate themselves for a 4th fixture against Castleford before we're even at the halfway point.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:02 pm  
Crazy to think my visits to Cas will draw level with my visits to the DW this season come Friday night and we've been playing for nearly 5 months now. I quite enjoy the old place but maybe not this much!!

As for the game, I'm glad to see Field rested if he is still carrying something and would have no issues with him getting another few weeks off. I would like to see Farrimond get the start over Hampshire on Friday though. I thought Hampshire was really poor at Warrington and now looks a good time to get some games in to Farrimond because there won't be many other opportunities after this next 2 weeks. I'd put French in at fullback and Farrimond in to 6. I would also give Nsemba a week off. He's extremely young still and just having a week out of the fire will do him no harm.

I'd go-

French
Miski Eckersley Wardle Marshall
Farrimond Smith
Thompson O'Neill Havard
Walters Farrell Ellis

Subs
Mago Hill Byrne Leeming
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:10 pm  
NickyKiss wrote:
Crazy to think my visits to Cas will draw level with my visits to the DW this season come Friday night and we've been playing for nearly 5 months now. I quite enjoy the old place but maybe not this much!!

As for the game, I'm glad to see Field rested if he is still carrying something and would have no issues with him getting another few weeks off. I would like to see Farrimond get the start over Hampshire on Friday though. I thought Hampshire was really poor at Warrington and now looks a good time to get some games in to Farrimond because there won't be many other opportunities after this next 2 weeks. I'd put French in at fullback and Farrimond in to 6. I would also give Nsemba a week off. He's extremely young still and just having a week out of the fire will do him no harm.

I'd go-

French
Miski Eckersley Wardle Marshall
Farrimond Smith
Thompson O'Neill Havard
Walters Farrell Ellis

Subs
Mago Hill Byrne Leeming

I think that won't be far off but personally I would rest Marshall as well. He was injured at Wire and put a hell of a shift in at Wembley and Douglas is a more than capable replacement. Also, I think Cooper both deserves to keep his place and hasn't played too many games so far so I'd keep him in, resting either Harvard or Mago.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:17 pm  
Phuzzy wrote:
I think that won't be far off but personally I would rest Marshall as well. He was injured at Wire and put a hell of a shift in at Wembley and Douglas is a more than capable replacement. Also, I think Cooper both deserves to keep his place and hasn't played too many games so far so I'd keep him in, resting either Harvard or Mago.


Good point on Marshall. Douglas looked superb at Wire as well, so no issues with that. Cooper I'd keep in if he's absolutely 100% fit. Feels a bit like they're really managing him and might just take it easy with him and roll him out in spells around the bigger games. A week off for Havard might be a decent option though with him coming back off that injury.

It's a great feeling to keep having to choose how many top players we're resting/leaving out.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:22 pm  
NickyKiss wrote:
Good point on Marshall. Douglas looked superb at Wire as well, so no issues with that. Cooper I'd keep in if he's absolutely 100% fit. Feels a bit like they're really managing him and might just take it easy with him and roll him out in spells around the bigger games. A week off for Havard might be a decent option though with him coming back off that injury.

It's a great feeling to keep having to choose how many top players we're resting/leaving out.

I think Cooper could play the next 2 as he definitely won't be involved in the international so could get a week off there. Harvard & Thompson will both be in contention so we need to take that into consideration when spelling players. O'Neil may need a rest too as he should be in the frame on form, although I get the feeling Waney will favour Clark and Walker.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:33 pm  
MadDogg wrote:
The fixture list has to be better next year. I feel for the players having to motivate themselves for a 4th fixture against Castleford before we're even at the halfway point.


Our 4th fixture against Cas before we have even played Leeds or Hull FC, absolutely mental :lol:

French
Douglas
Wardle
Eckersley
Miski
Farrimond
Smith
Thompson
O'Neill
Cooper
Farrell
Walters
Ellis

Leeming
Hill
Mago
Byrne

Well earned rests for both Nsemba and Havard with Nsemba's extending into next week also. I liked the starting combination of Thompson and Cooper last week and feel it is worth a further explore, would put my money on Byrne being there instead of Cooper though.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 12:36 pm  
Phuzzy wrote:
I think Cooper could play the next 2 as he definitely won't be involved in the international so could get a week off there. Harvard & Thompson will both be in contention so we need to take that into consideration when spelling players. O'Neil may need a rest too as he should be in the frame on form, although I get the feeling Waney will favour Clark and Walker.


Walker should be nowhere near the Wire side never mind England he's dire. Poor mans Micky Higham
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:05 pm  
Phuzzy wrote:
I think Cooper could play the next 2 as he definitely won't be involved in the international so could get a week off there. Harvard & Thompson will both be in contention so we need to take that into consideration when spelling players. O'Neil may need a rest too as he should be in the frame on form, although I get the feeling Waney will favour Clark and Walker.


It'll be a real test for the 'Wane only chooses Wigan players' brigade across the league if he leaves out guys like Marshall, Wardle, O'Neill, Thompson etc this time. All should be walking in to the 17 along with guys already in and around the squad like Smith and Farrell. Due to us not having the NRL based players, I think there's a strong case for 8+ Wigan players being involved and if that happens there will be a meltdown.
Re: Cas (a) again : Wed Jun 12, 2024 1:07 pm  
bazdev wrote:
Walker should be nowhere near the Wire side never mind England he's dire. Poor mans Micky Higham

I think O'Neil is currently the best Hooker in Superleague and it's only a matter of time until he gets the England call up. Waney seems to like Walker, Clark and Ackers, none of which are better than O'Neil imo, but are the incumbents so it depends on whether Waney considers him to have done enough to displace one of those. I think he has but I'm less certain Waney would agree. He seems to be harder on Wigan players than ones from other clubs. Whether that's because he sees more of them (familiarity breeds contempt and all that) or for some other reason, I'm not sure.
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