Noble Looks Ahead To Widnes Clash

Wigan Warriors face Widnes Vikings this Sunday in the Carnegie Challenge Cup and looking forward to the game Head Coach Brian Noble told us,

"It will be a really tough challenge, our improvements are there for all to see in the last few weeks and it's important we continue with those improvements. There are some emotional issues in relation to the Widnes team but that is nothing to do with us. There are a number of players who have played for the Wigan club and they will be very determined to do well.

"The crowd will be vociferous and a number of their players have played in Super League. They are not a bad outfit and we will have to be fully ready.We will need to match the enthusiasm and determination they will show.

"The confidence is good within the team but we still have improvement in us."

Asked about the Final at the New Wembley, Brian said,

"That is an unrealistic carrot, we haven't spoken about that.The first hurdle is this weekend and our challenge is the game at Widnes. We need to perform and be right with the first tackle of the game, the first carry and the first kick in relation to our mentality. If we do get further down the track then maybe then we can start talking about this carrot."

Brian confirmed his 18 man squad for the game with Michael Withers and Eamon O'Carroll missing out. Withers is still suffering with the effects of the rib injury but should be fit to face Saints on Good Friday.

The Wigan 18 is :-

Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, Fletcher, O'Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Hansen, Goulding, Hill.

The game at the Halton Stadium has a 2.45pm kick off and the referee is Steve Ganson.

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