Pitch battle

Pitch battle

  • Shaun Wane says redevelopment at Leeds won’t change tomorrow’s game

  • Emerald Headingley Stadium currently undergoing major construction work

  • Wigan head to Leeds looking for first win there since 2012

Shaun Wane says on-going developments at Emerald Headingley Stadium won’t effect tomorrow nights game as Wigan get set to face-off with Leeds.

The two Super League heavyweights go head to head with the Leeds stadium looking very different to recent years.

Temporary seating is now in place in the main stand whilst the old South Stand is also being replaced with the steel of the new stand already in place.

Asked if the changes off the field could effect things on the field, Wane said: “Not in the slightest. It’s a piece of grass, it won’t alter anything.”

The Warriors haven’t won at Leeds since 2012, a fact Wane is definitely aware of.

“We’ve already spoke about how long it is since we last won there and there is no point hiding from it. If it’s more pressure on the players, then they shouldn’t be at this club (if they don’t like it).

“Let’s get it out there, we haven’t won there in five years, and we need to be a lot better, but regardless of what’s going on there, it’s a piece of grass and we need to perform.”

The Warriors, the most successful Rugby League team in the country, will come up against the Rhinos – the most successful team of the Super League era.

Wane said he has nothing but admiration for his opposite number and the Rhinos.

“Obviously they are a great team and when you look at them since I join I joined in 2010 on a full time basis, Leeds have been outstanding. They have been there year in and year out.

“They’ve had one tough year, but apart from that they are the team beat, and they’ve been consistent about it. Brian (McDermott – Leeds Coach) needs some raps for that, they have been brilliant for many, many years, and that’s hard to do so I admire what they do, they do a great job.”

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