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Super League preview: Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors

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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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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 27 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 3 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford Tigers
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington Wolves
19:30Salford Red Devils vs Hull FC
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan Warriors
15:00Widnes Vikings vs Wakefield Wildcats
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds

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