Shaun Previews Friday's Clash

Shaun Previews Friday's Clash

Wigan are just 80 minutes away from a place in the 2012 Grand Final and face Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium on Friday night, 8pm kick off.

The stage is set for a Super League classic as the League Leaders' Shield Winners of 2012 take on the 2011 Super League Champions.

The sides have met three times with Wigan coming out on top twice in the League meetings. Wigan had the Clubcall last weekend and Head Coach Shaun Wane admitted whoever the Warriors had picked, Leeds or Warrington, this Friday's game was going to be the toughest of the campaign,

"It didn't really matter who we picked Leeds or Warrington, two quality sides and if you don't turn up there is a chance you can get turned over, picking the lowest ranked team remaining seemed right for us. We have made sure our preparation has been right and nailed on and if we turn out and attack and defend really well and show the same enthusiasm we did against Catalan we will give ourselves a real chance."

On the Challenge Cup loss to Leeds recently, Shaun admitted it was a hugely disappointing display on that day,

"We didn't play anything like in the Cup Semi-Final and that day we just didn't perform, our defence was poor our enthusiasm was poor and our attack was disjointed. I think we have turned the corner and our performances have been more complete, especially having Pat and Tommy back and I think we have timed it just right."

On Friday's showdown, he added,

"I am expecting a real battle in the middle, our forwards are up against the likes of Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock, they have some real quality in the team. This has all the makings of a fantastic game and it will be even better if we can get the win.

"Us finishing top and Leeds 5th doesn't really matter, it's two teams desperate to win the game. The main thing I am looking at is a really strong defensive performance.

"The Grand Final is a great day and we want to get back there, we have a number of players leaving us at the end of the season and we as a group want them to go out on a high."

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