Young guns to get their chance

Ryan Hampshire in action earlier this year
Ryan Hampshire in action earlier this year

SHAUN Wane will unleash two of his young guns on Warrington tonight.

He confirmed teenage centre Oliver Gildart is in line to make his Wigan debut in the televised Supers 8s showdown at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

And Ryan Hampshire is set to come back to the reckoning as well, as Wigan aim to wedge a three-point buffer between themselves and chasing duo, Huddersfield and St Helens.

Gildart, 19, will become the first academy-product to be handed a Wigan debut this year.

Coach Wane said: “He deserves it. He’s done well for the Under-19s and I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes.”

England academy international Gildart – son of ex-Wigan player Ian – has already tasted Super League, having figured three times for Salford on loan earlier this year.

Hampshire, 20, dislodged Matty Bowen from the No.1 spot earlier this year but has played just twice since May. His inclusion may depend on whether hooker Micky McIlorum figures.

Wane says he will wait until later today to see whether the tough No.9’s injured eye has settled.

If he is missing, Sam Powell would seem likely to start in the dummy-half role.

Versatile Hampshire could then come off the bench when Powell is spelled.

Warrington are promoting the game as the ‘big pie smash’, and will hand a home debut to Australian halfback Chris Sandow.

They need to win to keep their faint play-offs hopes alive, but Wane said: “I’m not bothered about what happens to them.

“I’m bothered about how we play, and making sure we go there with intent and we perform.

“The last time we went there we were out-enthused, and that can’t happen again.”

Free-scoring winger Joe Burgess is out and first-choice centres Dan Sarginson and Anthony Gelling are both injured.

Tonight’s game kicks-off 8pm and is live on Sky Sports.