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This week Leeds Rhinos will be facing a club that has a whole different culture. Wigan Warriors play a win-at-all-costs type of game that has sent shivers down the spines of decent rugby fans across the whole sport. The most shameful moment last season came when menacing Gareth Hock gouged another player's eye during their 39 - 12 loss to Warrington. On top of all that Wigan have brought a catalogue of ignominy with a player swearing on national TV, bad-intentioned tackling and a mean-spirited approach to the game, to name a few.
Dishonest Wigan donít even deserve to be on the same pitch as the future World Club Champions. But thatís the joy of rugby league because we fans will get to see the battle between good and evil for a full eighty minutes. The rugby gods are no doubt by now fallen angels and can no longer use the power from the heavens to gift Wigan ungodly results. All deals with the Devil were done during the 2010 season when Wigan became Super League champions and the 2011 Challenge Cup winning finalists. Since that cup final victory Wigan have appeared to be a soulless team that has struggled.
Itís a given that Leeds will absolutely annihilate Wigan at the DW stadium on Saturday. Sam Tomkins is far too distracted by the recent glamour that has popped into his life to produce a display that would threaten Leeds. Even Ryan Hall outshone him at international level and will continue to outshine him later on this week. The rest of the Wigan team donít have many more good games in them against serious opposition. Throughout this season we will all witness the little of whatís left of the Melbourne-esque legacy brought to Super League by Michael Maguire.
The only request I have for the Leeds fans who are travelling to the game is, take some holy water. It should ward off any evil attempts by Wigan to be victorious in this fixture.
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