Wi­gan put faith in teenager

RUGBY LEAGUE

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY AUG 1 -

WI­GAN coach Shaun Wane will of­fer a glimpse into the fu­ture on Fri­day when he gives a de­but to ex­cit­ing young­ster Sam Pow­ell against Hull.

Pow­ell, 19, will get his chance in the ab­sence of Aus­tralian stand-off Brett Finch, who has been ruled out with a ham­string in­jury.

Pow­ell, who has come through the ranks at Wi­gan, would have had a run ear­lier this sea­son but for break­ing a leg in the Un­der-20s.

Pres­sure

“I’m ex­cited to see how he goes,” said Wane (be­low), who pre­dicts a big fu­ture for Pow­ell.

“If he hadn’t bro­ken his leg, I’d have rested Finchy and Tommy Leu­luai be­fore now and played him be­cause he’s the next in and he’ll be play­ing next year.

“He’s a Wi­gan-born lad and he’s a great kid to have around. He loves be­ing coached by us and al­ways wants in­for­ma­tion from us.

“He’s very skil­ful and de­fen­sively he’s tough. It’s his de­but so I’m not go­ing to pile a load of pres­sure on him, but I ex­pect him to do a halves’ job which is to di­rect us around the park.”

Finch, who re­turns to Aus­tralia at the end of the sea­son, will miss his first Su­per League game of the sea­son af­ter dam­ag­ing a ham­string in the 40-16 win over Castle­ford. “He kept quiet about it and told us about it af­ter the game,” said Wane. “That was spe­cial.”

Loose for­ward Sean O’Lough­lin is still strug­gling with a ham­string in­jury.

“It’s not re­ally cleared up,” added Wane. “If some­thing was to go wrong it would be six weeks and I’m not pre­pared

to risk that.”

BIG FU­TURE: Pow­ell will make his Wi­gan de­but in place of the injured Finch

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