Wales Rugby League




15th February 2013, 10:30


Second warm-up game tougher than first clash with Wigan Warriors Academy this year


SOUTH Wales Scorpions will take on a Wigan Warriors select XIII for the second time this season, this Sunday at the Co-operative Community Stadium in Orrell, Wigan (kick-off 2pm).


This pre-season friendly has been moved back one day, after initially being cancelled altogether!


Due to injuries, Wigan Warriors were at first unable to double up after having a scheduled under 20 match against Huddersfield Giants this Thursday (tonight).


But after that match was postponed due to adverse weather conditions, the Wigan side are now free to take on the Scorpions.


So the Wigan v Scorpions match has been moved from Saturday to Sunday after the Warriors’ first team match at Huddersfield Giants was shifted the other way, due to Huddersfield Town FC taking on Wigan Athletic in an FA Cup match on Sunday!


The Scorpions lost 18-26 to a Wigan Warriors select three weeks ago at The Gnoll after almost winning the game in the last ten minutes, but coach Dave Clark says that this game will be even tougher for his side, despite memories of a 20-16 win in Wigan last year.


“I’ve heard that we’ll be facing a technically stronger side than last time,” Clark said. “This is good news as it’ll make the player compete even more and it’s the perfect test for us before the competitive season starts at The Gnoll on March 3rd when we take on London Skolars.


“I’m really pleased that the match is definitely going ahead. We didn’t want to wait another fortnight before playing another fixture.


“This is a great opportunity for us to isolate individual performances before the London game and a chance for me to help decide the 17 men who will play in that match. We’ll test out a few combinations and structures and fix the areas that need fixing.”


Tongan international James Tutuila will make his first appearance for the Scorpions after arriving in the country last Saturday. He has just had a week’s worth of training with his team-mates so Clark is looking forward to seeing how he performs.


Also making his first appearance of the season is Sam Wellings who arrived from London this week.


“It’s great having Sam and James here,” Clark said. “We’re almost on a full set of players now, just Thomas Morgan to arrive in the spring.


“We’ve seen Sam before as he played for us at the end of last season but we can’t wait to see James in action. He’s got a good Rugby League background so he’s fitted into training quite well. He’s in good shape and knows what to do, it’s just about tweaking things now. He’ll bring a lot to the side, we’re looking forward to first game and we’ll move on from there.”