Wane hugely respectful of Warrington ahead of Friday showdown

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has admitted he has plenty of admiration for Friday’s opponents Warrington – but says he believes his side have some positive momentum on their side which gives them a good chance of victory tonight.

Wigan head into the penultimate round of the Super 8s still in the hunt for the League Leader’s Shield – but know that victory against the Wolves tonight is essential to keep their hopes of top spot alive.

And the Warriors coach said that he’s not concerned with the permutations of tonight’s game – which would see Warrington rubber-stamp top with a win – and says he instead just wants Wigan to keep their momentum going.

“I don’t think about what they could win or anything like that, I just want us to win the game and keep this momentum,” he said.

“We had a 25-0 win, a blip against Widnes without Matty Smith then a good win against Hull so I think we’ve got some momentum on our side. We know what we need to fix after the Hull game and if we do that then it gives us a good chance against Warrington.”

However, Wane did admit that he’s been impressed with Tony Smith’s side and the way they have bounced back from their Wembley defeat to Hull last month.

“Warrington are a very good team, what they did to Widnes was outstanding,” he said.

“Getting the win at Catalans was a great win for them too when you consider what happened the week before at Wembley, they showed some real mental toughness in that game so they’ve got every bit of respect off me.

“It showed the character of that team and of Tony (Smith), to come back from Wembley does affect you for a few weeks so for them to beat Catalans and then play really well against Widnes is some effort. I really admire what they’ve done this past few weeks.”