Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has revealed that the squad he has at his disposal are all motivated to make this year a success, and avoid a second straight year without winning a trophy.
After coming desperately close to winning the League Leaders’ Shield last week before being denied by a late Ryan Hall try for Leeds, the Warriors stand 80 minutes from a third Grand Final appearance in a row, with Huddersfield their opponents on Thursday.
And Wane says the group and himself will be driven on by last week’s heartbreak of just missing out on top spot.
“They’re very motivated to make sure they get something out of this year,” Wane said. “And coming so close last week to getting some silverware, it makes me even more determined.
“So we are very motivated to make sure that Huddersfield see the best of us.”
But despite their determination, Wane is expecting a tough test from Huddersfield at the DW tonight.
“I thought they were very, very good (against Leeds last Friday) so we’re expecting a real tough game,” he said.
“They are very well coached and they challenge you. My players will be mentally ready for a real tough onslaught.
“I think there are four very evenly matched teams in the semis.”