Why should I watch?

Put simply, The Wire are flying.

They have racked up five wins in a row and a sixth would consolidate third place in Super League.

Steve Price’s side are playing with confidence and will hopefully be refreshed after being given a few days off this week.

Today’s opponents are fighting to preserve their Super League status and avoided dropping straight back down to the second tier.

They arrive on the back of a confidence-boosting win over The Wire’s neighbours Widnes last week and will feel they have nothing to lose at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

This is the first of three consecutive home games in all competitions for Wolves. If they could win them all, they would be in a frankly superb position.

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Will there be plenty more of these celebrations for The Wire this afternoon? Picture by Mike Boden

What they’ve said:

“We spoke about the block we wanted to tick off over Easter and the boys have accomplished that.

“This week is the start of a new block, but we can’t look too far ahead.

“A side coached by Tim Sheens is always going to be well prepared, so we have to expect the unexpected.”

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Steve Price, Warrington Wolves head coach (Picture by Mike Boden)

“Every game is different. The conditions, we hope, will be dry.

“If you haven’t got good possession you struggle, like Wigan – every ball we got was deep territory.

“We got a bit more ball and field position against Widnes and once we get that, we can play – which we did.”

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Tim Sheens, Hull Kingston Rovers head coach (speaking to the Hull Daily Mail) Picture by Mike Boden.

Numbers game:

Today looks like being game number 100 in a primrose and blue shirt for hooker Daryl Clark today.

He made his debut against Salford in February 2015 and made his 200th career appearance against Salford last week.

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Daryl Clark will make it a century of Wire appearances if, as expected, he plays today. Picture by Mike Boden

Warrington team news:

There is only expected to be one change to the Wire starting team today, with Ryan Atkins set to come in for Toby King, who misses out with a hamstring injury.

Atkins’ promotion means there is a spot to fill on the bench, with Morgan Smith, Mitch Brown and George King in contention to fill it.

Squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Ryan Atkins, Kevin Brown, Mitch Brown, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dom Crosby, Ben Currie, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Tom Lineham, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood.

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Ryan Atkins looks set to be promoted from the bench to the starting line-up. Picture by Mike Boden

Hull KR team news:

Tim Sheens will be without Andrew Heffernan (concussion), Chris Clarkson (suspension) and former Wire youngster Will Dagger (leg) for the trip west.

However, he is boosted by the returns of Adam Quinlan, Nick Scruton, Liam Salter and Matty Marsh to contention.

Squad: Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, James Donaldson, Tommy Lee, Matty Marsh, Robbie Mulhern, Liam Salter, Chris Atkin, Jordan Walne, Danny Tickle, Justin Carney.

Warrington Guardian:

Will Dagger misses out on the chance to make his first return to The Halliwell Jones Stadium since leaving at the end of last season. Picture by Mike Boden

One to watch:

Ryan Shaw.

From being released by The Wire in 2014 after coming through their academy, the Cumbrian has now found a home at Craven Park.

There, he has been able to develop into a prolific, well-rounded winger.

He lit up the Robins’ promotion campaign last year with several eye-catching tries and has already crossed six times in the top flight this year.

Add 28 goals to that tally and it all adds up to a threat Wolves need to be wary of.

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Ryan Shaw came through the Warrington academy before being released in 2014. Picture by Mike Boden

Match odds (via Betfred):

Warrington 1/6

Hull KR 4/1

Draw 33/1

Essential info:

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Kick off: 3pm.

Where: The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Mike Gregory Way, Warrington WA2 7NE


Referee: Jack Smith

Touch judges: J Roberts, J Pullein

In-goal officials: T Owen, M Hawkes

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Jack Smith will take charge of today's game

Matchday ticket prices:

North Stand: £32.50 adults, £23 concessions (aged 65+) and young adults (aged 17-21), £14 juniors (aged 5-16), infants (aged 5 and under) free, £90 family ticket (2 adults and 2 juniors).

East Stand: £27 adults, £19 concessions and young adults, £13 juniors, infants free, £77 family ticket.

South Stand: £23 adults, £17 concessions and young adults, £12 juniors, infants free.

West Stand (visiting supporters): £23 adults, £17 concessions and young adults, £12 juniors, infants free.

How can I follow the game?

The Warrington Guardian will, as always be providing extensive coverage of this afternoon’s game.

‘Matchday Live’ will be up and running at around 1pm. Sports reporter Matt Turner will be in position at The Halliwell Jones Stadium to bring you all the build-up, match action as it happens and post-match reaction.

Keep an eye on the ‘Warrington Wolves – Warrington Guardian’ Facebook page for Matt’s pre-match thoughts and his ‘On The Hooter’ match summary via Facebook Live.

After the final hooter, we will bring you all the reaction from the Wolves camp, plus a photo gallery and the chance to choose your man of the match in our poll.

You will be able to join in the discussion with us before, during and after the game via our social media channels, ‘Warrington Wolves – Warrington Guardian’ on Facebook and @WG_Sport on Twitter.