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Super League preview: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors

Last updated: 22nd March 2014  

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Warrington Wolves host Wigan Warriors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday in a repeat of last year's Grand Final as Round Six of the Super League season gets underway, live on Sky Sports.

The last time the sides met was in October - when the Super League crown was at stake - with the Warriors prevailing 30-16 at Old Trafford.

Despite Shaun Wane's side claiming victory in Manchester, the Wolves have prevailed in three of the last five clashes, while the sides battled out a 17-17 stalemate in their first meeting last term.

Hostilities between the north-west rivals heightened in pre-season, when Wolves head coach Tony Smith agreed to advise NRL's Sydney Roosters ahead of the World Club Challenge, which Wigan lost 36-14.

However, Wane is willing to lay his grievances aside, as he switches focus to the 2014 domestic campaign.

"He can do what he wants," said Wane. "He did do exactly what he wanted to do and it's different to what I would have done.

"We move on. It's a few weeks ago now and I've got over it."

Turbulent

Both sides have endured a turbulent start to the new season, with a pair of defeats each, but Warrington enter with a two-point advantage having played one more game than their opponents.

Despite starting the season with consecutive defeats, Wolves have bounced back with a trio of victories against Hull FC, London Broncos and Salford Red Devils but captain Ben Westwood insists there is no room for complacency.

"There's always a nice rivalry between us and Wigan, and I'm sure it will be a great game to watch and a great game for Rugby League," he told the club's official site.

"I think form goes out of the window when it comes to these matches. All the lads are really looking forward to it."

Wolves boss Smith has the luxury of a fully fit squad and names an unchanged side from their 28-18 victory over Salford last Friday.

Warriors head coach Wane remains without two key players ahead of the 13-mile trip south.

Club captain Sean O'Loughlin misses out with a shoulder injury, while hooker Michael McIlorum will serve the second of his three-match ban.

Wolves: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, B Evans, R Evans, Grix, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J Monaghan, M Monaghan, Myler, O'Brien, Ormsby, Ratchford, Riley, Russell, Waterhouse, Westwood

Warriors: Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, Green, Hughes, James, Pettybourne, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, Tomkins, Williams

You can see all the action from the Halliwell Jones Stadium as Warrington Wolves take on Wigan Warriors on Thursday live on Sky Sports 1HD from 8pm

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Super League Table

Super League Table - July 27 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 22 34
2 Leeds Rhinos 22 32
3 Wigan Warriors 22 30
4 Castleford Tigers 22 30
5 Warrington Wolves 22 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 22 28
7 Catalan Dragons 22 23
8 Widnes Vikings 22 21
9 Hull K R 22 20
10 Wakefield Wildcats 22 19
11 Salford Red Devils 22 17
12 Hull FC 22 16
13 Bradford Bulls * 22 4
14 London Broncos 22 0
Forthcoming Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super League
Thursday 31st July
20:00Wigan vs Salford
Friday 1st August
20:00Hull vs St Helens
20:00Catalan Dragons vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Bradford
Sunday 3rd August
15:00Widnes vs Hull K R
15:00Wakefield vs Huddersfield
15:30Castleford vs London Broncos
Thursday 14th August
20:00Hull K R vs Wigan
Friday 15th August
20:00Salford vs Catalan Dragons
20:00Warrington vs Castleford

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