Wolves and Broncos to go head-to-head
Warrington Wolves continue their 2013 Super League campaign on the road this weekend, as they head to Gillingham to face the London Broncos on Saturday at 3pm.
The Wolves go into the game in strong form after a rampaging victory over the Salford City Reds last weekend.
The Broncos will be looking for reverse fortune after suffering defeat at the hands of the Wolves on Easter Monday; 54-20 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Here are some of the possible match-ups that may be key on Saturday afternoon.
On the Wing: Chris Riley vs. Kieran Dixon
Warrington-born Riley has been having yet another stellar season for the Wolves. He has registered 14 tries this year and was at close to his best in the recent Magic Weekend victory against St Helens; a game in which is scored twice and even turned provider for a Trent Waterhouse try. Riley has fond memories of games against the London-based team; he registered five tries in a game against Harlequins back in 2010.
Kieran Dixon has thrilled the league with some scintillating performances this year. He leads the Broncos in tries scored, with 15 tries, a try count that puts him joint-fourth in the league. Dixon has also up there challenging for most metres made and could prove to be a handful on Saturday. The 20-year-old Londoner also harbours good memories of games against Saturday's opponents; he scored a hat trick in the loss at The Halliwell Jones Stadium back in April.
At Fullback: Stefan Ratchford vs. Luke Dorn
Ratchford has excelled at filling in for Brett Hodgson at fullback in the past three games. A flair player, with some great tricks up his sleeve, Ratchford has fitted into the position excellently, having spent most of the year as a stand-off covering for Lee Briers. The 24-year-old has also recently showcased his world-class goal kicking, slotting home 18 goals out of a possible 20 goals in his last two games.
Ratchford's opposite number on Saturday is likely to be Luke Dorn. The 31-year-old Australian utility back has bags of experience and regularly crosses the try line for the Broncos. He has led the Broncos in tries in four different campaigns, the most recent being 2012. In addition he also led the Castleford Tigers in tries scored during the 2008 campaign and regularly tallies assists at the same rate he scores tries. He will be deadly if allowed to control the game on Saturday as he was last season when he ran in four tries against the Wolves at the Stoop.
The Halves: Lee Briers vs. Michael Witt
Warrington's all-time record points scorer is on his way back to full fitness after a long injury lay-off but will be looking to outdo his opposite number on Saturday. Briers has only featured in five league games so far this year but has set up six tries for his team-mates. He bagged his only Super League try in the win over Saints at Magic weekend and will be looking to improve on his tally in Gillingham on Saturday.
Briers will come up against Australian Stand-Off Michael Witt. The ex-Manly, Parramatta and New Zealand Warriors Stand-Off has now in his fourth season in Super League and with the Broncos is growing in confidence. The 29-year-old was missing from the side that gained a famous victory over the Wolves last year and is yet to be on the winning side in an encounter with Saturday's opponents.
Match tickets are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Coach travel is also available from WolfWare and Online. Book your place today.
(picture courtesy of swpix)
05, Jun, 2013