Wigan half-back Thomas Leuluai is looking forward to battling it out with opposite number Danny McGuire for one last time on Friday as Wigan take on Hull KR in the Betfred Super League (Wigan 1/7, Draw 25/1, Hull KR 11/2 – Match odds).
McGuire is finally calling it a day at the end of the campaign and this will be his last visit to Wigan as a player before he takes up a role as Hull KR’s recruitment manager next term.
Leuluai has come up against McGuire on numerous occasions when he was at the Leeds Rhinos and he knows what a good opponent he is.
If any proof were needed it came last weekend in the shape of a Golden Point drop-goal for the Robins to seal a vital win over Castleford Tigers – so Leuluai knows what to expect.
He said: “We’ve had some duels over the years, he’s been a fantastic player, very talented – I’ve always rated him highly.
“We’ve had some battles – he’s a good competitor. He did a good job last weekend and I watched them when they were on Sky a couple weeks ago, he’s got class in those tight moments.”
Team news-wise, Bevan French could make his debut for the Warriors after he was named in the squad alongside Ben Flower and back-row Joe Greenwood, as Sean O’Loughlin, Jake Shorrocks and Chris Hankinson miss out.
Hull KR coach Tony Smith could hand a debut to Kyle Trout and Will Dagger is in the squad, but Craig Hall is out.
Wigan are still pushing to be in the top five and to give themselves a chance of defending their title, while Hull KR are desperate for points at the other end of the table (Wigan 5/1 – Grand Final winners).