Shaun Wane expects backlash from Huddersfield Giants
Warriors Head Coach warns of response after Giants defeat to Leigh
- Wigan host Huddersfield in first Family Fun Sunday game of 2017
Shaun Wane says his side need to be prepared for a backlash from Huddersfield ahead of their game at the DW Stadium tomorrow.
The Warriors put their unbeaten start to 2017 on the line when they host the Giants in the first Family Fun Sunday game of the year.
The Giants go into the game on the back of a 30-0 loss to Leigh and Wane says he expects a response from them this week.
“I went to their game against Leigh and it was 6-0 for a long time.” Said Wane.
“They weren’t far off and put Leigh under a lot of pressure but Leigh defended really well. After a score like that Rick Stone will want a response and there’s no better place to do that than the DW against us.
“I’m expecting a real improvement from them. You look at the quality they’ve got in their team and they’ve got some good players, I’m expecting a backlash.”
Wane could hand out another debut this week with Tom Davies a possible change to the Wigan side that beat Warrington last week.
On the other wing, Liam Marshall made a great impression scoring four tries last time out and Wane said: “Liam’s a great finisher.
“He shows great awareness and has good skills, there’s still stuff to work on but then again at this Club there’s areas for people like Sean O’Loughlin to improve on.
“I was pleased for him, he’s come from nowhere and was working as an accountant. He had a few run-ins with me regarding his attitude then all of a sudden he’s in our full-time environment and he’s loved it. He eats it up, he stays here for long periods and he’s well mannered too.
Under Wane Wigan handed debuts to eight Academy players last year and have already given out two this year to Marshall and Liam Forsyth.
Asked what the trick is to Wigan’s success of nurturing talent, Wane said:
“Our junior coaches come up to the training ground on a regular basis and know what we do and do similar things with the younger players at the club so that makes it a lot easier for them to slot into our system and the way we play. It doesn’t work with every player when they go full time but most seem to do ok.”
A fan village packed full of food, entertainment, games and more will be outside the South East corner of the stadium on Sunday with tickets available on the day of the game and using the print@home option online HERE.