Tony Smith has given in to the inevitable and travels without Keith Senior and Chris McKenna, both out with ankle injuries. Scruton, Smith
and McDermott are added to the surviving fifteen from last week and I'd expect that it will be Smith who misses out on the final seventeen.
McDermott will have a massive point to prove in his 200th start for Leeds, against the club which we signed him from ten years ago.
Ian Millwards side lies in tatters, with their continued injury problems costing him SeuSeu and possibly the influential Terry Newton (only
declared as a 50/50 chance). The Wigan eighteen is; Dallas, Aspinwall, Vaealiki, Carney, Orr, Moran, Guisset, Newton, Tickle, Brown,
Sculthorpe, Wild, Hansen, Allen, Beswick, Coyle, Hargreaves and Tomkins.
Three Pie Men to Keep an eye on;
Leeds have played Wigan twice this season, emerging as victors on both occasions. In mid-April we beath then 38-14 at the JJB, with that famous 70-0 win in June being, for one week, Wigans biggest ever loss in their
Since that trouncing, and the one the following week by Saints, Millward has tried hard to turn his team around and give tham a shot at
making the top six. They have won their last three against Salford, Widnes and most notably against Hull FC in the week before the Challenge
Cup Final. They are looking to add to the Rhinos misery and make it four on the bounce, and Millward will have got his side believing that a
win is possible.
The bookies, are obviously not expecting a big Rhinos backlash and give Wigan a meagre eight point start on the coupon. I'd be taking Leeds to win by more than eight as the words of Tony Smith will still be ringing loudly in their ears.
The weather forcasters have suggested that it will be a clear and sunny day/evening, good for ball handling, but probably better for Wigan who have had the extra week off.
It's pay-on-the-gate for Rhinos supporters, so if you can make it, get yourself across to the JJB (remember not to park in the retail car park) and show the lads that we still love them!