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Tuesday, 26 February, 2002, 14:38 GMT
Woodsy on...
Wigan Warriors

BBC Sport's Dave Woods takes a look at the 12 sides battling for Super League honours in 2002.

My prediction to finish top of the table.

In Stuart Raper they have a very shrewd coach, new signing Craig Smith gives them a bit more aggression up front and the young kids are beginning to come through again.

Stuart Raper
Stuart Raper
They are a pedigree side with world-class players in all the key positions and last year's Grand Final fiasco will be an incentive to achieve this year.

Big Season For: Julian O'Neill, his signing could be a master stroke for Wigan, or it could blow up in their faces.

His track-record off the field suggests the latter, but maybe this leopard has changed his spots.

Predicted finish: First

Previous Super League finishes: 2nd (runners-up), 4th, 1st (champions), 4th, 1st (runners-up), 2nd (runners-up).

Coach: Stuart Raper (since May 2001).

New recruits: Jamie Ainscough, Craig Smith (both St George Illawarra), Danny Sculthorpe (Rochdale), Julian O'Neill (North Queensland), Sean O'Loughlin, Stuart Jones, Stephen Wild, Luke Robinson (all Academy).

Departures: Matthew Johns (Cronulla), Neil Cowie (retiring), Steve Renouf (released), Phil Jones, Wes Davies (both Orrell RU), Chris Chester (Hull), Francis Stephenson (London).

 DAVE WOODS...
 ON SUPER LEAGUE

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