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  • Bowen, Flower, Farrell, Thornley (3),
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  • Langley, Cockayne, Welham, Salter,
    Goals: Burns (2),
  • Super League
  • 14th Mar 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 12,801

Super League preview: Wigan Warriors v Hull KR

Last updated: 14th March 2014  

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Champions Wigan Warriors will be looking to return to winning ways when Hull KR visit the DW Stadium in Super League on Friday night.

Wigan were upset by Castleford Tigers at the death in last Sunday's meeting and they will be the favourites to win against a Robins side looking for their first success of the fledgling campaign.

While the Warriors went down 36-31 to the Tigers last weekend KR were suffering at the hands of the one of the early pace-setters, losing 38-18 against high-flying St Helens.

Wigan welcome back captain Sean O'Loughlin and prop Gil Dudson from injury while Logan Tomkins starts at hooker in place of the suspended Michael McIlorum.

O'Loughlin's inclusion is a key one for the Warriors as they have lost just once in the last year in which their skipper has played, that defeat was the World Club Challenge to NRL champions Sydney Roosters.

Centre Darrell Goulding and second-rower Jack Hughes come in for Dan Sarginson and John Bateman and scrum-half George Williams is set for a place on the bench.

Defence the key

"We need to make sure our defence is more solid than last week at Castleford. Our attack is good and we have scored more points than this stage last season, we will always score tries but defence is where we need to get better starting this weekend," head coach Shaun Wane told Wigan's official website.

"We have had a tough start to the year with the changes we have made to the personnel but I think we are doing alright. I am not worried or panicking about anything, I know we will come good and come good very soon."

Hull KR will give a debut to experienced winger Ade Gardner following his arrival on loan from St Helens, taking over from the injured Craig Hall.

Loose forward Neville Costigan returns after missing the defeat at Saints through illness but second-rower Rhys Lovegrove is ruled out through injury.

"We'll turn up with the right attitude and hopefully we'll be at our best," head coach Craig Sandercock told the Hull Daily Mail. "Wigan should be a good game.

"They won the competition and Challenge Cup last season and they are at home. It's going to be a good test for the players. I don't know if they are going through a transitional period, but I know it's going to be a tough game for us."

Wigan Warriors: Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Dudson, L. Farrell, Flower, Goulding, Green, Hughes, James, O'Loughlin, Pettybourne, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, Tomkins, Williams.

Hull KR: Burns, Carlile, Cockayne, Costigan, Cox, Eden, Gardner, Green, J. Hodgson, Horne, Keating, Langley, Larroyer, Netherton, Poore, Salter, A. Walker, Welham, Weyman.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - July 20 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 21 32
2 Wigan Warriors 21 30
3 Leeds Rhinos 21 30
4 Castleford Tigers 21 29
5 Warrington Wolves 21 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 21 26
7 Catalan Dragons 21 23
8 Widnes Vikings 21 21
9 Hull K R 21 18
10 Salford Red Devils 21 17
11 Wakefield Wildcats 21 17
12 Hull FC 21 15
13 Bradford Bulls * 21 2
14 London Broncos 21 0
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20:00Hull vs Castleford
Friday 25th July
20:00Salford vs Leeds
20:00St Helens vs Widnes
Saturday 26th July
15:00London Broncos vs Hull K R
Sunday 27th July
15:00Bradford vs Wigan
15:00Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons
15:00Warrington vs Wakefield
Thursday 31st July
20:00Wigan vs Salford
Friday 1st August
20:00Hull vs St Helens
20:00Leeds vs Bradford

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