Challenge Cup Final 2013 – Wigan vs Hull

This entry was posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Relax – its not a football final

Of all the questions to be answered ahead of the Challenge Cup Final this weekend, the fitness or otherwise of Sam Tomkins is the most vital. The Wigan Warriors scrum half, and last season’s Man of Steel, has seemingly found all sorts of excuses not to have to play in recent weeks, as word of a lucrative move either to Southern egg-chasing, or Australian NRL grow ever louder.

The Warriors dreadful defeat in Perpignan last week was Tomkins’ first league appearance for a while, but he seems to have struck a deal whereby he always plays in the Cup, featuring in the batterings of Widnes and London Broncos. And they will certainly need him on Saturday – having won 11 on the spin, Shaun Wane’s side then lost five of the next seven without him.

So assuming, he starts, will Wigan make good on their 1.39 favouritism in the final? Hull will certainly not be pushovers (no team with Danny Houghton could possibly be so) and in Kirk Yeaman, Richard Whiting and Richard Horne, they have three players with solid Challenge Cup Final experience.

The worry for Wigan is how hit & miss they have been of late. Other than the brilliant Josh Charnley, inconsistency has struck at the worst possible time. We still suspect they will come through, but unless the price lengthens, it may be worth leaving well alone. So for the first time, the bet is….no bet!

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