- Wigan Skipper Sean O’Loughlin previews Wakefield Trinity’s visit to the DW
- Looks back on derby day victory vs St Helens
- Offers thoughts on potential new Super League formats
Wigan Skipper Sean O’Loughlin made it clear that the Wigan squad know the danger Wakefield possess ahead of tonight’s Super 8s fixture.
Speaking ahead of the fourth round of the Super League Super 8s, the long-serving Wiganer was quick to explain that despite their league position, that Wakefield can cause any side trouble.
He said, “Wakey have knocked some big sides off this year and they’ve showed what they can do when the pressure is off them a little bit.”
After a thrilling 16-42 away victory against Huddersfield last weekend, the Wigan skipper said he wasn’t shocked at the manner of the win. “I wouldn’t say I was surprised, I know Huddersfield have had more to play for, but we’ve had some tough results against Wakey and we know their danger.”
With it increasingly unlikely that Wakefield could make it to the semi-finals, the loose forward believes the release of pressure on the Yorkshire side makes them a potentially bigger threat.
He explained, “It’s makes it more difficult to preview them. Because that pressure is off them, they can try things.”
After a while out of the side, O’Loughlin made his return in a Cherry & White jersey last weekend for the visit to St Helens which ended in victory for Wigan.
On being back on the pitch he said, “It was a really enjoyable game to be part of. I think you could see how much the lads enjoyed it and it was a great one to come back in.”
“The two points are big for us and we still want to secure that second spot and put as much pressure on Saints as possible. It was a really important game and pleasing to get a good win.”
He was also full of praise for the travelling away support who he explained can make a massive difference to the players in big games.
“It was a brilliant atmosphere, celebrating in front of the fans at the end had a brilliant feel about it. We always have fantastic away support and especially at St Helens, the away fans were pretty loud and made themselves heard which helps one hundred percent. It makes a massive difference when you play in front of an atmosphere like that.”
After the incredibly sad news that Dan Sarginson’s 23-year-old brother passed away last weekend, O’Loughlin shared his thoughts on a very tough week for the player and the entire squad.
“Obviously our job is sport, but it all seems insignificant when things like this happen. For Sarg, he just want’s to get back in and around the boys and get back doing what he does. There’s not a lot you can do for him at this moment other than be around for him and whether that’s at training, on the field or away from here, that’s what the boys will do.”
You can watch a full Wakefield preview with the Warriors captain on Wigan TV by clicking HERE.