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Wigan Warriors host Halifax in the Tetley's Super League at the JJB Stadium on Sunday afternoon (10th August) with a 3pm kick off.
Wigan are without Adrian Lam who is out for up to three weeks with an ankle injury but Craig Smith and Andrew Farrell are OK despite knocks at Warrington. Shaun Briscoe returns at Full Back after his ankle problem while Prop Danny Sculthorpe is back on the bench after recovering from a knee operation. Missing are Paul Johnson, Terry O Connor who damaged his knee at Warrington, Nick Graham and Mick Cassidy.
It's the first home game in charge for new Coach Mike Gregory and the Warriors line up will be -
Shaun Briscoe, Brett Dallas, Martin Aspinwall, David Hodgson, Brian Carney, Sean O'Loughlin, Luke Robinson, Craig Smith,Terry Newton,Quentin Pongia, Danny Tickle,Stephen Wild, Andrew Farrell
Subs - Kevin Brown, Gareth Hock, Danny Sculthorpe, Mark Smith.
Looking ahead at the game Mike Gregory said despite Halifax's position Wigan were taking nothing for granted,
"If we under estimate Halifax, even though they are bottom of the table then we will be under prepared. Part of my job is to make sure we are ready for whatever they throw at us. "
"It should be an easier game to the Leeds and Bradford's and St Helens so maybe we can try a few things but that is not putting Halifax down. Tony Anderson will have his players fired up because they have nothing to lose and ultimately they will be hunting for a Wigan scalp. We have come up short sometimes when we have played lesser teams."
Graham Emmerson - Wigan Warriors Press Officer