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Craig Porter 28th Feb 2009 - 14:12

Winners are Quinners

Wigan's journey as they travel to London for tonight's live Super League match against Harlequins RL could be one-way for Brian Noble.

 In what would have been a danger game for Wigan even without their disastrous start to the season, a fourth game without a win would surely see the end of Noble's spell as Warriors coach.

His opposite number, Brian McDermott, has big plans for the London club and is keen to end the assumption that they are Super League also-rans. To go 20-0 up at half-time to Manly in the warm-up to the World Club Challenge shows to the world what they are capable of and though they essentially lost the second half 34-6, isn't it likely they eased up?

Wigan cannot afford to under-estimate the difficulty and importance of this game. This isn't the easy game they need to get their season going and it's Bradford and Leeds next on their fixture list.

But it's only Harlequins... Yes, but it was only Wakefield and only Castleford that the once-mighty Cherry and Whites have already lost to this season along with Hull. Wigan have looked clueless in attack and in disarray in defence.  Having Pat Richards and Phil Bailey back is a massive boost but they need more than those two individuals and must start playing as a team.

Brian McDermott and his players know they can take advantage of this by hitting Wigan hard and early and knock any ounce of confidence out of them. What resistance they meet is unpredictable.

For this reason the choice of handicaps, which range from Quins minus eight points to plus eight, is a tough one to make and the simple Harlequins to win in 80 minutes at 10/11 or 13/8 that the London team are in the lead at half-time and full time take Wigan's unpredictability out of the equation.

A Harlequins win is on the cards and consequently, despite Wigan Chairman Ian Lenaghan's vote of confidence in his coach, Brian Noble will be receiving his.

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