Shaun Looks Ahead to Crunch Clash

Shaun Looks Ahead to Crunch Clash

Wigan Warriors are just 80 minutes away from a Grand Final spot as they face Leeds Rhinos in their Qualifying Semi-Final at the DW Stadium, this Friday night, 8pm kick off.

The Warriors are looking to add the Super League title to their Challenge Cup success and Head Coach Shaun Wane told us he is looking for the departing players leaving the Club on a high do so with a place at Old Trafford.

"It is a huge night for us and we want to send them off in a good way. It's our last game at the DW and the fans have been great all year and we want to give them a good win.

"Obviously playing against Leeds, they are our main rivals in knock out football over the last few years and they have done really well. But our form in knock-out football has been the best and I hope to keep that going. I understand the challenge ahead, Leeds are a great team and we need to be better than we were a couple of weeks ago and we are capable of that as we showed against Huddersfield."

Asked if he had any preference on who Wigan faced as Warrington selected the Giants at Clubcall, Shaun added,

"At this stage it doesn't matter who you play against, it's a tough team, there is only quality sides left at the Semi-Finals, it didn't matter to me.

"I am glad it is the top four teams that have made it through, it has been a very even competition and it shows Leeds, Warrington, Huddersfield and us have been the most consistent. Both Semi-Finals will be real quality and we are hoping for a great game on Friday with a Wigan win."

On Leeds as a threat, Shaun said,

"Last year when Leeds beat us at the same stage of the competition I was really hurting after that, I thought some of the decisions that day from the officials were poor and that probably cost us a place in the Grand Final. That though is all in the past. I am in a good place and we are not too far off. Leeds obviously have some great players, Jamie Peacock, Ryan Bailey, Danny McGuire, Kevin Sinfield and they know how to win massive games, they have done it so many times but I am confident with the way that we are playing in big games we can trouble Leeds."

Don't forget this is the final home of the season and tickets are now on sale from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, online click here and by calling 0871 66 33 552 ( calls cost 10p per minute from a BT landline, other operators may vary)




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