Shaun Wane says missing out on the Challenge Cup Final has spurred his team on
Warriors return to action after weekend off
- Wigan host Widnes at the DW Stadium on Thursday 1st September
Shaun Wane says missing out on Saturday’s Challenge Cup Final has motivated his team ahead of a huge six weeks.
Wigan were without a game last weekend after their semi-final cup exit to eventual winners Hull who overcame Warrington in the Wembley show piece.
The Warriors return to action against Widnes on Thursday and addressing the media, Wane said: “It was a lot easier handling this two-week break on the back of a win (against St Helens), it’s been a good place to be.
“We know what we need to build on and there’s been a lot practising things that we need to be better at so we’ve got a lot of work into the players.
“The attitude of the players has been very much like mine, we’re a bit jealous about what Hull did on Saturday but that builds us up for the back end of the season as we look to get something out of it.”
Widnes beat Wigan to end a run of 25 consecutive wins in the league at the DW. Reflecting on that, Wane said: “They beat us fair and square, they were very good that day but then we went to their place and won.
“I have a lot of respect for what they do, they play a good brand of Rugby League- very exciting. Their halves are playing really well. They’ve had a week off and seem to have got quite a few players back so they’re very strong.
“They’ve got some good players, lots of threats on the edges and their pivots are very strong. Hanbury has some gas out of the back too so we just need to defend like we did against St Helens.”
Greg Burke will return to the DW for the first time since his mid-season move and Wane says the former Warrior will need to be monitored closely.
“I’ve watched every game that Greg’s played for Widnes and he’s their main man,” he said.
“He’s playing really well. He’s their main ball-player, I knew what he could do when he was at Wigan, he’s a fantastic passer of the ball, a good ball-carrier and a good player. We’ll preview Widnes and look at their threats and Greg is definitely one of them.
Wigan Warriors face Widnes Vikings at the DW Stadium on Thursday 1st September, 8pm kick-off. Tickets for the game start from £22 for adults, £15 for concessions and juniors and are available from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, the Ticket Hotline – 0871 6633 552 and online using the print@home options HERE.