February 7th, 2019

Match Preview | Wire v Rovers

 

Warrington got off to a flying start in Super League last weekend with an opening win over Leeds Rhinos. At home again for Round 2 the Wire are hosting Hull KR this Saturday 9 February 3.00pm kick-off.

Squad news

Steve Price has named a his 19-man squad for Saturday’s game, bringing in Sitaleki Akauola and Harvey Livett in place of the banned Ben Westwood and Toby King.

Warrington Squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Ryan Atkins, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Jake Mamo, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Lama Tasi, Danny Walker

Opposition watch

The Robins got off the mark last Friday in the most dramatic of circumstances as Jimmy Keinhorst grabbed the match winning try against rivals Hull FC in the dying seconds of the game to seal an 18-16 win.

With a host of high quality signings and experienced head coach Tim Sheens at the helm there’s a renewed optimism amongst Rovers’ fans this season.

Words from the boss

Steve Price: “Hull KR are a much-improved team from where they were last year and have made a number of quality player acquisitions. It was a tough grind last week for them, getting the win against Hull FC in their local derby. They will bring us different challenges and we as a group are really looking forward to it.

“I was really pleased with our team last week and with how they played and conducted themselves. It was a really positive display of football for the first round and we scored some good tries.

“It was refreshing to see the implementation of the new rule changes at the weekend; the game appeared to be faster paced and more free flowing.”

Player’s perspective

Chris Hill: “I thought last week was a pretty good start to the campaign against Leeds. We still have quite a bit of improvement in us, attacking wise, but I thought our defence was really good. I thought our outside backs were outstanding which made our job a lot easier in the middle; they got us moving forward. It was a good start but we aren’t getting too ahead of ourselves as Hull KR will present a massive challenge for us this weekend.

“Rovers are very unpredictable as they will throw a lot at you. They have a lot in their armour especially with Danny Maguire and Josh Drinkwater. We have to expect the unexpected. They are a good side going forward with a lot of variation in them so we are looking forward to a tough task.”

Game-day entertainment

There’s plenty going on around the ground on Saturday.

We will have a social GIF booth and facepainters set up in the Jack Fish corner plus an acoustic duo ‘Kick Back Sundays’ and facepainters in the Bevan corner.

There will be more big screen interaction with our social stream and dance cam as well as week two of the Wire Flyer Gaskells’ half-time challenge.

This week’s bucket collection is in aid of the Wolves Foundation’s Disability Sports Programme and the All for The Wire match programme will be available around the ground at £3,full of player interviews, features, history and more.

Ticket info

Tickets are available in the Official Club Store, by calling 01925 248888 or online at warringtonwolves.com.

The club store will be open from 9am until kick-off and for up to an hour post game. The ticket windows and collections will open from 12pm with turnstiles open from 1.30pm. Cash turnstiles on the West and South West.

Stadium info

Please be aware that the stadium’s first aid room is situated in the East Stand concourse and now has a breastfeeding facility which is available to all. For access and further information please speak to a steward on game day.

 

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