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I am very much looking forward to this match between Wigan and Hull FC, coming from the DW Stadium. Both teams are undefeated, so the 59th league meeting between these two rugby league heavyweights should be a cracking affair indeed.
 

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It will be interesting to see how he goes with Madge and co out here. While I believe he has matured and improved significantly as a player, playing with a squad like the Tigers will be a very different proposition to that of the Warriors. I wish him well, but it will be quite a challenge.

He always seemed to have ability - it never quite got out though on the field in the NRL.
 

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Hull FC reached the Challenge Cup semi-finals with a 20-10 win over Wigan.
Fair play to Hull FC. I sat up to watch it, even though I nodded off a couple of times! Josh Reynolds played quite well. They learned from their loss against us last week. The Super League will have to be our focus now.
 

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Wigan Warriors' Zak Hardaker has been banned for two matches following his dismissal for a headbutt in his side's heavy defeat against Catalans Dragons.
 

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Hull Kingston Rovers ended their miserable run of form at Wigan with an impressive victory in Super League. after 12 years Hull KR won 18 - 8.
 

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Wigan (28) 50
Tries: Leuluai, Hanley 3, Farrell 2, Halsall, Shorrocks, Hastings Goals: Smith 7
Leigh (6) 6
Tries: Hood Goals: Ellis

Umyla Hanley scored a hat-trick as Wigan Warriors cruised to a Super League victory over bottom side Leigh.

Both sides played most of the game with 12 men after Wigan's Brad Singleton and Leigh's Jack Ashworth were sent off for fighting after 15 minutes.

Liam Hood's try had cancelled out Thomas Leuluai's early effort, but Hanley and Liam Farrell both scored twice as Wigan led 28-6 at the break.

Sam Halsall, Joe Shorrocks, Jackson Hastings and Hanley's third tied it up.
 

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Wigan Warriors winger Dom Manfredi has retired with immediate effect on medical advice following a further consultation about his left knee.
 

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Captain Tommy Leuluai may have played his final game for Wigan after head coach Adrian Lam confirmed a hamstring injury would end his season.

Leuluai, 36, scored one try in 14 games in 2021 before the injury against Leigh Centurions earlier this month, and is out of contract this winter.

The 2008 New Zealand World Cup winner has had two spells at Wigan, winning Super League twice and a Challenge Cup.
 

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Hull FC (0) 0
Wigan (0) 10
Tries: Bibby, Hardaker Goal: Hardaker

Wigan Warriors secured fourth place in Super League and a play-off spot after victory over a Hull FC side whose own hopes were truly quashed.

After a scoreless opening half, which could only be described as a grinding arm-wrestle, Jake Bibby put Wigan ahead from a Jackson Hastings kick.

Zak Hardaker dinked a kick in behind which he touched down to extend the visitors' lead.

Hull, who failed to score, came closest through Manu Ma'u in the first half.

With the play-offs looming and a multi-team tussle to reach the top six, there was something in this game for both sides but in the event it was Wigan who came up with the result they needed.
 

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Wigan (6) 12
Tries: Isa, McDonnell Goals: Hardaker 2
Catalans (0) 8
Tries: Davies, Laguerre

Wigan Warriors will play Leeds in the first round of the Super League play-offs after beating leaders Catalans Dragons in the regular-season closer.

Willie Isa scored the only try of the first half to put the Cherry and Whites in front at the DW Stadium.

Ex-Wigan winger Tom Davies replied for the Dragons, before James McDonnell crossed to extend Wigan's lead.

Mathieu Laguerre added a second Dragons try but again James Maloney missed from the tee as the Dragons fell short.

The visitors suffered a more telling blow losing Sam Tomkins to injury during the first half of the match.

Meanwhile, the Catalans will have a week off to prepare for their semi-final in which they are 80 minutes from a first Grand Final.
 

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England coach Shaun Wane has returned to Wigan in a "leadership" role as part of a reshuffled backroom team of new head coach Matt Peet and assistants Sean O'Loughlin and Lee Briers.

Wane led Wigan to three Super League titles, a Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge triumph before his 2018 exit.

He has had just one game with England because of Covid, a postponed World Cup and a cancelled Australia Test series.

Peet and O'Loughlin are promoted from within, while Briers is a new arrival.