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P.J. Murray 29th May 2011 - 18:54

Wigan Warriors v Hull KR Preview

Wigan Warriors host Hull KR in what is a mouth watering clash for Bank Holiday Monday.

Wigan are one of the form sides in the league, having only been beaten twice this season, while Hull KR are sitting just outside the playoff zone.

Wigan come into this game with some real confidence having put up three 20+ points wins in their last three games, the most recent victory a 54-6 smashing of Harlequins.

Rovers have been inconsistent as of late, they come into this fixture having beaten Bradford Bulls convincingly 46-18, but were narrowly beaten by Wakefield the match previous 26-24.

The sides have met already this season when the Warriors travelled to Craven cottage and came away with a 28-16 win having lead from the off.

Wigan come into this game as very short favourites which is to be expected, they are 1/9 to come away with a win while Hull are much bigger outsiders at 5/1.

The handicap as a result is set at 16 points and having recorded two big wins recently it isn't difficult to see Wigan's form continue and for them to cover this, especially at home. You can back them at 10/11 with this handicap. You can also back them -15.5 points at 4/5, hence avoiding a possible handicap draw.

The Warriors are short odds-on getting the first try at 4/11 with Hull KR priced at 2/1.  If you do have a panache for short prices, then at 4/6 for the second half to be the highest scoring is a great bet. Being the home side Wigan will want to put on a good display and they should have worn Hull KR down by halftime. They should also start thinking about building up a larger points difference with the table being so tight at the top and Warrington having racked up a figure more than twice Wigan's.

For Wigan to cover the handicap and win by a margin of 16-20 points you can back at 9/2. Josh Charnley has been one of the top scorers for the Warriors this season, the winger has gone over 10 times this season. The 20 year old failed to score last week in the win over Harlequins but a number of players managed to bag themselves a brace of tries. Pat Richards, Sam Tomkins and Thomas Leuluai all went over for two tries each.

Kris Welham has been the talisman for Rovers this season, the 24 year old has bagged himself 14 tries so far this year, which is double the tally of Blake Green and more than double that of Ben Galea.

Wigan have the momentum and the home advantage and they should put up a big score against Rovers. I would be backing the Warriors on the handicap here with Kris Welham to score anytime.


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