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Nic Ladds 25th Sep 2009 - 14:15

Warriors can come out top of close battle

In what is probably the closest of the play off matches Hull KR take on Wigan for a place in the semi finals and the sides cannot be separated both priced at odds of 10/11.

Hull KR find themselves at this stage having been absolutely annihilated 44-8 against Leeds last week while Wigan saw off Castleford in a hard fought game.

So, how has this encounter gone between these two so far this season? Well, Wigan will be delighted to see that in both games, the away side won, the Warriors 36-28 away while The Robins won 20-12 and this bring in to play a winning margin either way of 6-10 points at 11/2 for each side.

Brian Noble has the luxury this week of selecting from a Wigan squad with no new injury concerns following the Castleford game while Chev Walker is out for the home side after his horrific leg break last week but Ben Galea and Scott Murrel both return after missing the Leeds game.

Harrison Hansen managed to open the scoring for Wigan last game and is as big as 25/1 to score the first try this time, while more regular scorers Pat Richards and Amos Roberts are 10/1 and 14/1 respectively to go over first.

Daniel Fitzhenry gave Leeds a fright last week by scoring the first try of the game and he is 16/1 to do so again, while Peter Fox is 10/1 and Jake Webster 12/1, although a chance is taken on Clint Newton at 25/1 to get KR off to a flyer having scored in three of his last four matches.

It is entirely possible that like last time, Hull KR will start well but have lost their grip on the game by the end of the second half so punters may like to have an interest in a Hull KR/Wigan double result at 11/2.

In such an evenly matched game it will be down to whoever wants it more on the day and the fact that home advantage is largely irrelevant due to Wigan being more than happy to mix it up away could swing the balance in the Warriors favour.

They come with a fresh squad, on the back of a win and they have already beaten Hull KR at New Craven Park this season, and for those feeling supremely confident a range of alternative handicap are available the most interesting of which looks to be Wigan giving up four point at odds of 11/8 with The Robins 8/15 in receipt of the four.

Whoever wins this game will face the daunting challenge of Leeds or St Helens but with momentum behind them, Wigan who have nothing to lose against the big boys can certainly ruffle a few feathers and possibly put themselves in contention for a first Grand Final win since 1998.

Recommendation:

Clint Newton to score first try - 25/1

Wigan to win by 6-10 points - 11/2

 
 
 

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