WARRINGTON Wolves go into today's Good Friday clash with Leigh Centurions with a need to bounce back.

Head coach Steve Price has kept faith with the same 21-man squad he chose for Sunday's dismal opening-day loss to Castleford Tigers.

> Here is a reminder of the players in contention to feature for Warrington Wolves today

However, there is still plenty of scope for changes to the 17 that will take to the field at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Here, we take a look at some of the decisions Price is facing and predict what the Wolves line-up will look like...


Against Castleford, The Wire's right edge defence was tortured as all four tries conceded came in that area of the field.

This could be an area in which Price looks to make personnel changes, with centre Connor Wrench and winger Josh Charnley appearing most vulnerable.

With star signing Greg Inglis not yet ready to feature, the selection of academy graduate Wrench over the more experienced Jake Mamo was a brave one from Price.

However, he may well opt for a more tried-and-tested approach to face Leigh, who are sure to favour their left side in attack having seen Warrington's struggles on Sunday, and go with Mamo.

Charnley endured a torrid time in the opener, making several errors from kicks including one which cost his side the opening try as well as having little impact with the ball.

Matty Ashton is waiting in the wings should Price wish to take Charnley out of the firing line, but he may also back him to bounce back strongly.

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Connor Wrench and Josh Charnley both had difficult afternoons against Castleford. Picture by PA Wire


Danny Walker started last week's game, with first-choice number nine Daryl Clark coming off the bench.

With Clark having missed a section of pre-season, Price said he felt the need to reward Walker's efforts in training with a start.

Given the former Man of Steel's impact when he came on, however, he will surely return to his starting role against Leigh with Walker reverting to the interchanges.

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Daryl Clark sprints away to score a superb try against Castleford. Picture by SWPix.com


Something plenty of fans commented on in the aftermath of Sunday's game was the size of Warrington's bench.

With Clark and Ashton taking up two spots, it was left to Jason Clark and debutant Robbie Mulhern to carry the load and offer alternative options to starting middles Chris Hill, Mike Cooper and Joe Philbin.

It may well be that Rob Butler is brought in for a debut to beef up the interchanges, with Ellis Robson another option.

If he does not start, Ashton may himself as the one dropping out to accomodate the extra size.

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Could Rob Butler join fellow new signing Robbie Mulhern on the Wire bench? Picture by Mike Boden


The Wire missed all three of their attempts at goal against the Tigers, albeit in tricky conditions.

Stefan Ratchford failed to convert tries from Toby King and Daryl Clark before handing over to Gareth Widdop, who could not add the extras to Blake Austin's late score.

Ratchford has been reliable off the tee for the past couple of years, but could the late change on Sunday be more permanent?

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Picture by SWPix.com


Ratchford; Charnley, Mamo, King, Lineham; Austin, Widdop; Hill, D Clark, Cooper, Hughes, Currie, Philbin. Subs: J Clark, Walker, Mulhern, Butler