2008 Wigan Warriors season

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2008 Wigan Warriors season
Super League XIII Rank4th
Play-off resultLost in Elimination Final
Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
2008 recordWins: 15; Draws: 3; Losses: 12
Points scoredFor: 648; Against: 698
Team information
Stadium JJB Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Pat Richards (21)
Points Pat Richards (375)
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The 2008 Wigan Warriors season saw the club compete in Super League XIII as well as the 2008 Challenge Cup tournament.


Season Preview

Wigan will be looking to continue their return to the top of Super League after finishing 6th in 2007. During 2008 Wigan will continue to rebuild their squad under coach Brian Noble but they will have a new owner and chairman in Ian Lenagan from 1 December 2007 after Maurice Lindsay retired and Dave Whelan decided to sell the club.

Full squad

NoPlayerPositionWeight(Kg)Height(m)AgeOverseasPrevious club
1 Richie Mathers Full Back961.8824No Gold Coast Titans
2 Mark Calderwood Right Wing861.8526No Leeds Rhinos
3 Darrell Goulding Right Centre901.8219No Wigan Warriors Academy
4 George Carmont Left Centre911.8029Yes Newcastle Knights
5 Pat Richards Left Wing991.9125Yes Wests Tigers
6 Trent Barrett Stand Off941.8230Yes St George Illawarra Dragons
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half851.7122No Harlequins RL
8 Stuart Fielden Prop1081.9128No Bradford Bulls
9 Mickey Higham Hooker861.7327No Bradford Bulls
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Prop1181.8725Yes New Zealand Warriors
11 Gareth Hock Second Row921.8824No Wigan Warriors Academy
12 Phil Bailey Second Row931.8927Yes Cronulla Sharks
13 Sean O'Loughlin Loose Forward931.8725No Wigan Warriors Academy
14 Liam Colbon Right Wing921.8723No Wigan Warriors Academy
15 Andy Coley Prop1081.8929No Salford City Reds
16 Harrison Hansen Second Row891.8422No Wigan Warriors Academy
17 Michael McIlorum Hooker791.7420No Wigan Warriors Academy
19 Paul Prescott Prop991.9021No Wigan Warriors Academy
20 Karl Pryce Centre1181.9821No Gloucester RU
21 Cameron Phelps Centre891.7823Yes Canterbury Bulldogs
22 Joel Tomkins Second Row951.8820No Wigan Warriors Academy
23 Ben Kavanagh (On loan To Widnes Vikings)Second Row1071.8420No Wigan Warriors Academy
24 Eamon O'Carroll Prop1031.8020No Wigan Warriors Academy
25 Thomas Coyle (On loan to Halifax)Scrum Half831.7120No Wigan Warriors Academy
26 Nicky Stanton Right Wing851.8021No Wigan Warriors Academy
27 Lee Mossop Prop1041.8519No Wigan Warriors Academy
28 Mark Flanagan Loose Forward901.7420No Bradford Bulls
29 Sam Tomkins Stand Off771.8019No Wigan Warriors Academy
30 Chris Tuson Second Row18No Wigan Warriors Academy
31 Shaun Ainscough Left Wing861.7318No Wigan Warriors Academy
32 Tim Smith Scrum Half921.8023Yes Parramatta Eels
40 Sam Reay Full Back23No Wigan Warriors Academy

† Added to the squad for pre-season friendlies. †† Added to the squad on 27 May 2008. ‡ Qualify as non-quota players because they were playing in the British Federation before they were 21 years of age.


Transfer for 2008 (In)

NameTransferred FromFeeDate Signed
Andy Coley [1] Salford City Reds Free Transfer September 2007
Richie Mathers [2] Gold Coast Titans Free Transfer November 2007
George Carmont [3] Newcastle Knights Free Transfer November 2007
Karl Pryce [4] Gloucester Rugby Union Free Transfer December 2007
Cameron Phelps Canterbury Bulldogs Free Transfer May 2008
Tim Smith Parramatta Eels Free Transfer May 2008

Transfer for 2008 (Out)

NameTransferred ToFeeDate Released
Bryan Fletcher [5] RetiredN/ASeptember 2007
David Vaealiki [6] Manly Sea Eagles ReleasedOctober 2007
Shane Millard RetiredN/AOctober 2007
Danny Hill [7] Widnes Vikings ReleasedNovember 2007
Ben Kavanagh Widnes Vikings Free TransferJune 2008
Nicky Stanton Leigh Centurions Free TransferSeptember 2008

2008 Loans (Out)

NameLoan ToLoan StartedLoan Ended
Ben Kavanagh Widnes Vikings February 2008June 2008
Super League XIII
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 272115940457+48343Play-off Semi Final
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 272106863413+45042
3 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 271629694625+6934Play-off Elimination Finals
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27133116486985029
5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2714013705625+8028
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27140136907132328
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 271111556471314923
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 271101657476018622
9 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 271101656976319422
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27101166386814321
11 Hullcolours.svg Hull 27811853869916117
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27711959386927615
Source: superleague.co.uk
Rules for classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.


Players warming up ahead of Wigan's opening Super League tie against Harlequins RL at Twickenham Stoop Harlequins RL v Wigan Warriors.jpg
Players warming up ahead of Wigan's opening Super League tie against Harlequins RL at Twickenham Stoop
Friendly N/A Warrington Wolves Lose30–22Away Halliwell Jones Stadium 6,57313 Jan 2008
FriendlyN/A Bradford Bulls Win16–28Away Grattan Stadium 5,03620 Jan 2008
FriendlyN/A Widnes Vikings Win18–42Away Halton Stadium 5,10627 Jan 2008
Super League XIII 1 Harlequins RL Win28–47Away Twickenham Stoop 8,0419 Feb 2008
Super League XIII2 Castleford Tigers Win28–16Home JJB Stadium 16,66715 Feb 2008
Super League XIII3 Hull Lose24–22Away KC Stadium 13,22622 Feb 2008
Super League XIII4Bradford BullsWin28–14HomeJJB Stadium15,4441 Mar 2008
Super League XIII5Warrington WolvesLose32–20AwayHalliwell Jones Stadium13,0248 Mar 2008
Super League XIII6 Huddersfield Giants Win19–20Away Galpharm Stadium 8,41716 Mar 2008
Super League XIII7 St. Helens Lose46–10Away Knowsley Road 17,50021 Mar 2008
Super League XIII8 Hull Kingston Rovers Win18–12HomeJJB Stadium16,45724 Mar 2008
Super League XIII9 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Win8–4HomeJJB Stadium12,93328 Mar 2008
Super League XIII10 Leeds Rhinos Win10–14Away Headingley Carnegie Stadium 18,7695 Apr 2008
Super League XIII11 Catalans Dragons Lose24–26HomeJJB Stadium13,04411 Apr 2008
Challenge Cup Rnd4 Pia Donkeys Win74–4Home JJB Stadium 4,42320 Apr 2008
Super League XIII12Bradford BullsLose26–12AwayGrattan Stadium11,89427 Apr 2008
Super League XIII13St HelensLose57–16Away Millennium Stadium 32,5164 May 2008
Challenge CupRnd5 Whitehaven Win106–8HomeJJB Stadium3,81412 May 2008
Super League XIII14Warrington WolvesWin38–14HomeJJB Stadium15,53716 May 2008
Super League XIII15Wakefield Trinity WildcatsWin38–30Away Atlantic Solutions Stadium 6,37025 May 2008
Challenge CupQFLeeds RhinosLose23–16Away Headingley Carnegie Stadium 10,1291 June 2008
Super League XIII16Huddersfield Giants†PostponedN/AHomeJJB StadiumN/A6 Jun 2008
Super League XIII17Catalans DragonsLose45–38Away Stade Gilbert Brutus 9,12514 Jun 2008
Super League XIII18Castleford TigersDraw22–22Away The Jungle 7,04822 Jun 2008
Super League XIII19Harlequins RLWin38–20HomeJJB Stadium11,45327 Jun 2008
Super League XIII20Leeds RhinosWin23–22HomeJJB Stadium14,9115 Jul 2008
Super League XIII21Hull Kingston RoversLose39–22Away Craven Park 8,48113 Jul 2008
Super League XIII22St HelensLose46–12HomeJJB Stadium19,95818 Jul 2008
Super League XIII16Huddersfield Giants†Lose34–4HomeJJB Stadium12,21625 Jul 2008
Super League XIII23Hull FCWin66–6HomeJJB Stadium12,8421 Aug 2008
Super League XIII24Catalans DragonsDraw16–16AwayStade Gilbert Brutus9,5359 Aug 2008
Super League XIII25Wakefield Trinity WildcatsWin32–22HomeJJB Stadium12,31915 Aug 2008
Super League XIII26Leeds RhinosLose16–52HomeJJB Stadium14,77822 Aug 2008
Super League XIII27 St. Helens Draw16–16Away Knowsley Road 14,1135 Sep 2008
Super League XIII Playoffs Week 1Bradford Bulls‡Win30–14Home/Neutral The Stobart Stadium Halton 6,80612 Sep 2008 [8]
Super League XIII PlayoffsWeek 2Catalans DragonsWin26–50AwayStade Gilbert Brutus9,98520 Sep 2008
Super League XIII PlayoffsWeek 3Leeds RhinosLose14–18AwayHeadingley Carnegie Stadium13,11226 Sep 2008


Team Statistics

Total Tries109
Total Points648
Total Goals105
Drop Goals2
Attacking Kicks282
Runs From Dummy Half744
Tackle Busts667
Maker Tackles857
Clean Breaks149
Forty Twenties1
Kicks in General Play497
Missed Goals31
Missed Tackles31
Red Cards (Sent Off)4
Yellow Cards (Sin Binned)4

Top 5 Appearances

Player NameAppearances
Andy Coley36
Thomas LeuLuai35
George Carmont35
Pat Richards34
Harrison Hansen34

Top 5 Try Scores

Player NameTries
Pat Richards17
George Carmont15
Harrison Hansen14
Thomas LeuLuai14
Joel Tomkins12

Top 3 Goal Scorers

Player NameGoals
Pat Richards157
Cameron Phelps4
Sean O'Loughlin4


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