Cullens CommentPaul looks at the hard fought victory over the London Broncos and look towards this weekends encounter with the table topping Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.CONGRATULATIONS ON THE WIN AGAINST LONDON AT THE WEEKEND, WAS THERE EVER A TIME IN PARTICULAR GOING INTO THE BREAK THAT YOU THOUGHT WE COULD LOOSE THE GAME?We don't waste time or energy worrying about ifs or maybes. Our focus at the break was very simple; we had only conceded one try to a very skilful and inform London team because we threw the ball on the floor with one minute left on the clock, on our first play of our tap set. Their second and final try came whilst we had twelve men on the field following three consecutive penalties against us. Both tries where scored from two inches off our try line, we where confident that our defensive preparations would nullify the Broncos defensive threat and our satisfied that it actually did.TWO TOUGH GAMES COMING UP WITH LEEDS THIS SATURDAY AND THEN ST HELENS TWO WEEKS ON FRIDAY, BOTH TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN BY WARRINGTON THIS SEASON. ARE YOU CONFIDENT THAT YOU CAN TURN THEM OVER ON HOME SOIL?We are confident that we are getting closer to both clubs sometimes a points spread during a game may not reflect that due to circumstances that can present in any given game. But the battle for us against these teams is one of confidence in our ability to raise our game and match them and I am confident that we are beginning to win that battle.YOU HAVE A WEEK OFF AFTER LEEDS WITH THE POWERGEN CHALLENGE CUP SEMI FINALS IN BETWEEN, WHAT IS THE TEAM SCHEDULE DURING THIS TIME?One of preparation for the business end of the season.THE REFEREES HAVE COME IN FOR A LOT OF STICK OVER THE LAST WEEKEND WITH THE HIGH PENALTY COUNTS, WHAT DO YOU THINK IS CONTRIBUTING TO THAT - PLAYERS RELAXING THEIR DISCIPLINE OR REFEREES CRACKING DOWN ON EVERY LITTLE ERROR?Both, we erred at the weekend and where punished and on occasions quite harshly if compared to the norm over the previous months.WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION THIS WEEK?Dean Gaskell is our only doubt, he injured his groin in the first set of the second half and will not play this weekend and is doubtful for the next 2-4 weeks. The groin is very sore and will require further time to settle before a full assessment can be made. The other injuries are bumps and bruises that are to be expected at this stage of the season.
Rd22 Team NewsHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his 20 man squad to face Leeds Rhinos at home in this weekends round 22 engage: Super League fixture.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love6. Lee Briers7. Nathan Wood8. Mark Hilton9. Jon Clarke10. Chris Leikvoll11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo22. Steve Pickersgill23. Andrew Bracek25. Chris BridgeINJURED:5. Dean Gaskell - groin injury sustained in RND21 v London Broncos (17.07.05)
Cullens CommentPaul Cullen Comments on loss to Wigan last Saturday and looks towards a tough encounter with the London Broncos this Sunday at the Halliwell-Jones.DID THE BUBBLE BURST ON SATURDAY?Only if you live in one and we donĂt! It was simply one game too far, every one of our 11 victories over the last 3 months takes its toll and that was very evident at Wigan. We made the breaks in the positions and against the players that we had planned to but could not finish off the plays. That has as much to do with the circumstances that last week presented as it does with the desperation of our opponents situation.IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT YOU EXPECTED WIGAN TO BE EASY IS THAT THE CASE?The suggestion is taken as an insult, we are on record as expecting a tough, physical and aggressive game from Wigan and that was proved to be correct.We never for one second expected them to perform like they did at Leeds, St Helens and Leigh because they were at home for the first time in a month and they were playing to avoid a bottom three position after this weekends games.This Wigan squad is still full of ex-internationals, current internationals and future internationals, and they just had enough of them left on their feet in the last 10 minutes to take the game back off us.THERE HAS BEEN TALK BY PLAYERS OF STRAYING FROM THE GAME PLAN. HOW DO YOU MAKE PLAYERS KEEP TO THE PLAN?Continually encouraging and educating players to take ownership of a game plan is the only way you can expect them to deliver it.An individual error rate like last weeks means that you waste so much energy defending there is not enough left to support the breaks through their line.WHY WHERE BRIERS, HILTON AND APPO MISSING FROM THE LINE UP AGAINST WIGAN?Because they were all injured.WE FACE A TRIUMPHANT LONDON THIS WEEKEND, DO YOU EXPECT A REPLAY OF THE FIRST ROUND OF SUPER LEAGUE X?We expect the Broncos to be as competent as they were 6 months ago. They have recruited a lot of very experienced NRL players who have made a massive impact on the way the Broncos play this year in comparison to last.WHAT IS THE CURRENT INJURY SITUATION?Lee Briers ThighMark Hilton BackJon Clarke CalfToa Kohe Love ChestNat Wood BackAll 5 are rated as doubtful for this weekend but are included in the initial 20 man squad to give them as much chance to recover in time as possible.WHO DO YOU EXPECT BACK THIS WEEKEND?Graham Appo.WHOĂS THE NEW WINGER THAT THE LEAGUE WEEKLY IS TALKING ABOUT?I have not read it.
Wolves Support UK TransplantThis weekend Warrington Wolves supporters will be able to get directly involved with the engage Super League's campaign to support and encourage organ donation in the UK.Warrington Wolves along with the other 11 clubs in the League are working in partnership with UK Transplant to promote the important message that organ donation plays a life-saving role within the health service.And during Round 21 of the competition, all supporters attending Warrington Wolves home match against London Broncos will have the chance to find out more information about the important initiative and pick up leaflets at The Halliwell Jones Stadium which will help them sign on to the UK's organ donation register.The engage Super League's support for organ donation is now well underway after being launched as UK Transplant celebrates its 10th anniversary. The agency is aiming to get a further 1 million people to sign up to the organ donor register in 2005.Commenting on the engage Super League's support of organ donation, Warrington Wolves Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe said: "The Warrington Wolves welcome this opportunity to support what is an extremely important and valuable element of healthcare in Britain."We would encourage all supporters attending our fixture this weekend to use the opportunity to find out more information and offer whatever support they can give.Warrington Wolves Chief Executive Andy Gatcliffe added: "We believe our partnership with UK Transplant can greatly assist them in reaching their targets for 2005".Jayne Fisher, Transplant Coordinator for the NHS Yorkshire Region, said, "The aim of these engage Super League focus weekends is to get the general public to help by not only signing up with the Organ Donor Register but also by discussing their wishes with their families. Rugby League is a family focused sport and it provides an ideal audience to promote this important message to"."There are currently over 8,000 people in the UK waiting for a solid organ transplant. Many of these people will become either too ill or tragically die before they get the chance to receive an organ."You are more likely to need a transplant than to be an organ donor. Carrying a card is not enough - sign on to the NHS Organ Donor Register today".Supporters can also register for organ donation throughwww.uktransplant.org.uk or by calling 0845 6060400.
Rd23: Fixture ChangeRound 23: Warrington Wolves v St HelensThis match has now been moved from Sunday 7th August to Friday 5th August, 8.00pm and is now a SKY fixture. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Rd20 18 Man SquadHead Coach Paul Cullen has named his 18 man squad to face Wigan Warriors at the JJB Stadium on Saturday night in Round 20 of engage: Super League.1. Brent Grose2. Henry Fa'afili3. Martin Gleeson4. Toa Kohe Love5. Dean Gaskell7. Nathan Wood8. Chris Leikvoll9. Jon Clarke11. Logan Swann12. Mike Wainwright13. Paul Noone14. Mark Gleeson15. Ben Westwood16. Paul Wood17. Danny Lima18. Graham Appo22. Steve Pickersgill25. Chris BridgeINJURIES (FAILED FITNESS TEST):6. Lee Briers - thigh injury sustained in Round 19 v Widnes Vikings (03/07/05)10. Mark Hilton - back injury sustained in training week beginning 04/07/05
Rd20 Ticketing UpdateTicket sales for the away Super League game at Wigan have skyrocketed in the last 48 hours meaning that the Wolves now have less than 1,500 tickets available for the North Stand. Fans wishing to guarantee entry to the JJBĂs North Stand are advised to obtain a ticket from Wolfware tomorrow which will have tickets on sale until 2pm.Ticketing Coordinator Dave Gittins comments: "Our away support this season has been amazing and tickets sales for our last three away Super League games have broken all records. It is great to sell out home areas of the Halliwell Jones Stadium week in week out like we have done this year, but by helping to create record gates when we travel to opposition grounds is testament to the loyal support that we take with us."Any fans unable to purchase a ticket by 2pm on Saturday should not be put off travelling as there will be a limited amount of spaces available (depending on the number of unsold tickets) for fans to pay at the turnstiles.If in doubt please call Wolfware on 01925 248888 or Wigan Warriors on 01942 774000.
Wainwrights WisdomWolves second rower Mike Wainwright is set to give his views on the game when his Totalrl.com player column, in association with Tetley's, 'The Official Beer of the Warrington Wolves'.Wainwright, who is currently injured, will be giving a player's eye view on life in Super League in his new weekly column. It is an ideal opportunity for fans to gather news and views on the burning issues straight from the player himself.Gareth Roberts, Carlsberg UK Sponsorship Controller, said: "The column will give supporters an insight into the opinions of a top class rugby league player and his thoughts on the Super League X competition. It is a great way of giving something back to the fans for their continued support throughout the season."To hear Mike's thoughts visitwww.Totalrl.com on Wednesday 6th July. The column will be updated every Wednesday following this date.
RD 20 Ticketing UpdateFollowing impressive away support at Leigh and Widnes, ticket sales for the away Super League game at Wigan on 9th July have been phenomenal, with fans purchasing tickets in record numbers.Two thirds of the North Stand at the JJB Stadium has now been sold and as a result we have taken stock of all remaining tickets, meaning the best way to guarantee entry on Saturday is to purchase a ticket in advance from the Wolves Club Shop: Wolfware.Also, all junior season ticket holders: Wolfpack are advised to exchange their voucher for a ticket, as no exchanges or cash payments will be accepted at North Stand turnstiles once all remaining tickets are sold.Tickets are priced at ˙13 adults and ˙9 concessions, and supporters are reminded that 10% of each sale is given back to the Wolves.Ticketing Coordinator Dave Gittins comments: "We have now received a total of 4,700 tickets for the away stand at Wigan, and with tickets selling so quickly it is looking likely that we will be one of only a handful of clubs to sell all of their allocation at the JJB Stadium. Our away support this year has been fantastic and I am convinced that the atmosphere which our supporters create has helped play a major role in the teamĂs performances this season."Wolfware is open Monday to Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, or call the ticket hotline on (01925) 248888
Cullen CommentPaul Cullen looks at the close victory over Widnes on Sunday and the current league position as the Wolves head to the JJB on Saturday.A CLOSE WIN ON SUNDAY, WHAT WAS YOUR VIEW OF THE PERFORMANCE?One where, our ability to absorb the negatives that are thrown at you during a game, was tested to the max. We withstood injuries to both ó backs; three contentious Widnes tries and accepted none of these issues as a reason not to win this game.WIDNES IT WOULD APPEAR, ARE GOING TO STRUGGLE TO GET THEMSELVES OUT OF THE RELEGATION ZONE THIS SEASON. WILL YOU MISS THE DERBIES?I thought that the effort of a number of the Widnes forwards was one that should give them enough confidence to fight themselves out of the situation they have got themselves into.Terry OĂConner, Mick Cassidy, big Julien OĂNeil, Mark Smith and David Mills took the game to us in a very positive fashion and there offload game proved very difficult to control.I hope they survive, what we have re-created in this fixture can not be manufactured elsewhere.HOW IS LEE BRIERS AFTER THE MATCH, HE SEEMED TO BE STRUGGLING EARLIER ON?He was and also later on! The medical opinion going into the game was that his training injury did not have 80 minutes in it. The medical opinion at ó time was that it had 10 minutes left. We chose the latter, the rest, as they say...LOOKING AHEAD TO WIGAN ON SATURDAY NIGHT, WHAT KIND OF GAME ARE YOU EXPECTING WITH THEIR RECENT PERFORMANCES?They have played away from the JJB for 3 consecutive games, Leeds, St Helens and Leigh and will not want to disappoint their home supporters any more than they already have.We are fully aware of the very proud record that they have in Wigan and realise that they will enhance their efforts not to lose this one.We are expecting a very committed and aggressive performance from their pack to allow their halves the time and space to show their undoubted talents.DID YOU EVER IMAGINE THAT THE WOLVES WOULD BE IN 3RD PLACE AT THIS STAGE IN THE SEASON?Our general pre-season goal was to make the six and we spoke about the last time our club won a (Major). It was in 1974 and we only had one player that was actually born when this was achieved.We have created a culture of attempting to emulate the Team of 74 and in doing so have had to challenge ourselves to go further than most of our current players have ever been.Our two games against St Helens are a true signal of where we are at and our confidence grows with every game in preparation of our third!Leeds have the edge on us at the moment, but we have proven so far that the table does not lie.WITH THE RE-SIGNINGS AND SIGNINGS OVER THE RECENT WEEKS SPECULATION IN THE MEDIA HAS BEEN GOING WILD CONNECTING THE CLUB TO MANY AVAILABLE PLAYERS. IN PARTICULAR STUART REARDON, ANY COMMENT?My standard answer is not to make any comment on any player that we have not signed.THE HEADLINES IN THE LEAGUE EXPRESS READ "SULLIVAN TO REPLACE WOOD AT HALFBACK". CAN WE TAKE IT THEN THAT NATHAN HAS BEEN TOLD THAT HIS SERVICES WILL NOT BE REQUIRED NEXT SEASON?My dealings with Nathan have always been honest, up front and professional.WHAT IS THE CURRENT INJURY LIST FOR THE WOLVES?We donĂt have one apart from minor bumps and bruises. All 25 players have been named in the relevant squads for this weekend.