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  • O'Loughlin, Farrell (2), Charnley (5), Farrell,
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  • Flynn,
  • Super League
  • 18th Jun 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 11,638

Super League: Wigan Warriors v Widnes Vikings match preview

Last updated: 18th June 2014  

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Jack Owens: Moves to full-back in the absence of Rhys Hanbury

LIAM FARRELL WIGAN WARRIORS ST HELENS

Liam Farrell: Will be joined by younger brother Connor for the visit of Widnes

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Reigning champions Wigan Warriors could return to the Super League summit for the first time since last July on Wednesday when they host Widnes Vikings at the DW Stadium.

Shaun Wane’s side enter the clash in buoyant spirits after avenging their Challenge Cup exit by defeating Castleford Tigers last Friday, while a 56-6 drubbing at the hands of Hull FC saw the Vikings slide to eighth in the Super League ladder.

Wigan, who completed a league and cup double in 2013, were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Castleford two weeks ago, but bounced back with an emphatic 46-6 triumph which saw them move within two points of league leaders St Helens.

Denis Betts’ side endured a less than enjoyable outing on Friday as they watched the visitors run in nine tries at the Select Security Stadium.

Back-row forward Connor Farrell is set to make his Super League debut alongside brother Liam as Wigan look to seize their opportunity to move to the top of the ladder, especially with the Saints facing another potential slip in fourth-placed Castleford.

Warriors coach Wane has included 20-year-old Connor, as well as his England international brother who plays in the same position, in his 19-man squad for the rearranged Round Two fixture.

Connor, who has been playing on a dual registration for Workington, is likely to start on the bench.

Exciting times

"I'm excited to see how he goes," Wane said. "I want to see them both on the pitch at the same time."

Wane has also drafted in young hooker Callum Wright, while Dan Sarginson is set for a second outing at full-back after Matty Bowen was ruled out with a leg strain and with understudy Ryan Hampshire sidelined with a dislocated shoulder.

England winger Josh Charnley will make his first appearance for two months in place of youngster Joe Burgess, who has been a revelation in his first full season and was given permission by Wane to join the England squad for their mid-season training camp in Loughborough this week.

Charnley has been sidelined with a knee injury suffered in the Challenge Cup win at Dewsbury in early April and had been set to make his return via Workington on Sunday after being called into the Warriors squad.

Widnes coach Denis Betts switches Jack Owens to full-back in the absence of Rhys Hanbury, with former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van recalled for only his third appearance of an injury-hit season.

"I'm more than confident putting Jack Owens at full-back," Betts said. "I think he's had some fantastic games this year there and it gives Patty a chance to get back in the side as well.

"Patty has been training well for the last two or three weeks. He's fit but he's just not playing any matches so we have to give him some matches to get the best out of him over the next three months."

Former Wigan centre Cameron Phelps, who was due to return from injury for Sunday's home game against Leeds, has been fast-tracked into the side following the loss of both Chris Dean and Stefan Marsh.

There will also be plenty of attention on former Wigan stand-off Kevin Brown, who has produced some of the best rugby of his career with the Vikings this year.

Wigan: Bateman, Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, C. Farrell, L. Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Goulding, James, Manfredi, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, S. Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Taylor, Wright.

Widnes: Ah Van, Allen, Brown, Cahill, Clarke, Clough, Craven, Galea, Gerrard, Gore, Flynn, Isa, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Owens, Phelps, Tickle, White.

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
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