All fired up
Warrington Wolves will play host to Salford City Reds at The Halliwell Jones Stadium this Sunday afternoon, kick-off 3pm.
The Reds will be looking to avenge the 52-6 defeat they suffered in the Challenge Cup at the hands of the Wolves just three weeks ago, and will be hoping to build on their Magic win against Widnes.
But the Wolves, on home soil, will also be looking to back up their Magic win over local rivals St Helens, righting some wrongs from their last home fixture against Hull FC a fortnight ago.
The teams are packed with individual talent making for some interesting contests on the pitch come Sunday.
The Halves: Richie Myler vs Theo Fages
Myler is in sensational form for the Wolves this year. In the absence of Lee Briers throughout the first half of the season, Myler was forced to take on more creative responsibility and took this in his stride. He is up at the top end of the league with 18 try assists and has also crossed the line for nine of his own.
Fages was first under the spotlight after he was on the receiving end of a brutal hit by Julien Bosquet in round 2. After missing a couple of games, Fages came back strong and is now settling in as the Reds' creative force. The French youngster looks as though he might be one of the stars of the league in a few years if he keeps improving as he is.
The Centres: Ryan Atkins vs Martin Gleeson
Ex-Warrington centre Gleeson will be looking for revenge after Atkins kept him quiet in the Cup game earlier this month. Gleeson approached 200 points mark in his Warrington career and formed a lethal partnership with Kiwi winger Henry Fa'afili. Atkins is approaching the 350 points mark since joing the primrose and blue in 2010 and with 18 appearances so far this season has once again cemented in place in the side recording a Magic try last weekend as did fellow centre Gleeson.
The Back Row: Ben Westwood vs Andrew Dixon
Two workmanlike back rowers who get through a lot of their team's graft, Westwood and Dixon are cornerstones of each of their respective packs. Westwood was a man of steel candidate just last year and has earned praise from all around the league for his no-nonsense play. Dixon meanwhile is currently filling that same role at the Reds. He leads the team in carries and is second in metres to Jodie Broughton. He also contributes defensively, and is an astonishing 130 tackles clear in the Reds' tackle count. His tackle tally of 567 puts him third overall in the league behind only Danny Houghton and Paul Aiton.
Read more about the opposition plus features on the upcoming Exiles match, an exciting Testimonial event for Ben Westwood, coach and captain's views along with the regular history, community, commercial spreads and more in this week's edition of True Colours match programme on sale around the ground on game-day priced at just £3.
Match tickets are on sale in WolfWare, WolfWare Online and on the ticket hotline 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
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31, May, 2013