Slim hopes resting on victory against Leigh.
Byline: JOHN LAWLESS Rugby League Reporter
WARRINGTON'S slim hopes of escaping the bottom four in Betfred Super League could well rest on tonight's result against fellow strugglers Leigh Centurions.
Should the Wolves lose and Huddersfield get a home win over Widnes, it would condemn Tony Smith's side to playing in The Qualifiers.
Smith welcomes back fans' favourite Ben Westwood after a sevenweek lay-off with a hand injury and the fiery backrower's sheer combativeness should give the Wolves a boost.
Australian threequarter Ben Pomeroy is also named in the 19-man squad and is expected to make his debut this evening.
New Zealand international Peta Hiku made a competent debut of his own at Wakefield last Saturday and will also line-up in the threequarters alongside returning winger Tom Lineham. Another man back in the fold after injury, half-back Declan Patton, is set to come into the side allowing Stefan Ratchford to revert to his best position of full-back.
Kevin Penny, Jack Johnson, Will Dagger and Sam Wilde all drop out of the 19-man squad.
Head coach Smith will be looking for his team to show a lot more attacking cohesion and composure than they did at Wakefield where they went down 26-12.
Warrington Leigh Halliwell Stadium, Kick-Off For their part, Leigh will be hoping the scars have healed quickly from their amazing 40-36 defeat at the hands of Catalans Dragons in Perpignan last weekend.
Twice the Centurions established what looked like winning leads only to see the Dragons score a try with the last play of the game to pip them at the post. It was also a fiery encounter and Neil Jukes's men have paid the penalty in terms of suspensions with centre Ben Crooks and forward Jamie Acton sitting out tonight's contest.
Leigh will be viewing tonight's game as an opportunity to get away from the foot of the table, again depending on the result of the Huddersfield-Widnes encounter.
When this evening's combatants met in the reverse fixture back in March, the Centurions came out on top 22-8 with two-try forward Gareth Hock the star of the show.
There is no Hock this time around but Leigh are set to give a debut to new Australian half-back signing Daniel Mortimer.
Skipper Micky Higham also returns for the Centurions to face his former club.
WARRINGTON WOLVES (from): Atkins, Clark, Cooper, Dwyer, Gidley, Hiku, Hill, Hughes, Jullien, G King, Lineham, Patton, Philbin, Pomeroy, Ratchford, Savelio, Sims, Smith, Westwood. LEIGH CENTURIONS (from): Brown, Burr, Dawson, Drinkwater, Green, Higson, Hansen, Higham, Hood, Hopkins, Langi, Maria, Mortimer, Paterson, Reynolds, Rawsthorne, Stewart, Tickle, Vea.
v Centurions Jones Tonight, 8pm
Higson, Warrington v Leigh Centurions Halliwell Jones Stadium, Tonight, Kick-Off 8pm
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jul 7, 2017|
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