John Bateman in Wigan Warriors side for friendly

John Bateman will today make his first appearance in a Wigan shirt for more than two years.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 3:53 pm
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 3:56 pm
John Bateman
John Bateman

The forward, back at the club after two years at Canberra, is included in the side for their friendly at Salford (4pm kick-off).

Liam Marshall, Jai Field, Oliver Gildart, Bevan French and Jackson Hastings are absent, as expected.

Joe Burgess - who left Wigan last year - was missing from Salford's side because of an ankle injury suffered in training but ex-Warriors Morgan Escare and Jack Wells played against their former club for the first time since departing.

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The Warriors' 12 man bench included four youngsters given a taste of the senior level - Alex Sutton, Matty Nicholson, Aiden Roden and Brad O'Neil.

Salford: Escare; Sio, Watkins, Sarginson, Inu; Lolohea, Brown; Ormondroyd, Ackers, Ikahihifo, Lannon, Pauli, Addy. Subs: Atkin, Costello, Aspey, Johnson, Livett, Taylor, Roberts, Wells, Williams, Greenwood.

Wigan: Hardaker; Hanley, Isa, McDonnell, Bibby; Leuluai, Smith; Partington, Powell, Singleton, Bateman, Farrell, Havard. Subs: Bullock, Byrne, Clark, Clubb, Halsall, Sutton, Kilner, Nicholson, O'Neil, Roden, Shorrocks, Smithies.

Referee: Chris Kendall