Wane previews Rhinos challenge

Wane previews Rhinos challenge

  • Wigan Warriors host reigning Super League Champions Leeds Rhinos at the DW Stadium tonight

  • Warriors are back at the DW Stadium after five Super League games on the road

  • Wane looking for 80 minute performance against Brian McDermott’s side

Shaun Wane previews Wigan clash against Leeds Rhinos as two of Super League’s heavyweights prepare for tonight’s round 19 Super League clash at the DW Stadium (kick-off 7:45pm).

Ahead of Thursday’s round 19 Super League clash, Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane is looking for a more rounded performance from his Wigan side as they prepare to face a Leeds Rhinos buoyed by the potential return of injured trio of Brad Singleton, Ash Golding, Richie Myler, and England wing Ryan Hall.

Leeds, who are looking to end a run of six successive defeats, will be a forced to be reckoned with according to Wane, who believes that the reigning Super League’s recent dip in form belies their on-the-field performances.

“If you look at their (Leeds’) defeats they’re not that far off,” said Wane, who was previewing the game in his weekly press conference. “Against Catalans they had a real dig and it could have easily gone either way. Catalans are flying at the minute, but Leeds could have won that game, so I’m not going to fall into that trap that they are gone. On their day can turn up and I think they’re going to get a few players back this week.

“I don’t see it on paper that they’re (Leeds) losing games performance wise and effort wise, they’re there having a dig they’re not giving up on anything. We’re approaching Thursday as two teams who will be going at it and they’re on the same level as us – we understand what we need to improve on for the game.

On his own side’s recent fortunes, Wane said: “We just need to make sure were ready for it and they see the best of us and were more consistent with our performance, and we don’t have that twenty minute spell like we did against Castleford (in Wigan’s 19-18 defeat.)

The Warriors are back at the DW Stadium for the first time since they faced since Salford Red Devils in early May after seven games on the road and Wane is happy to be back in familiar surroundings.

“It is it’s nice to be back in front of our home fans,” he said, “but when we travel we have a nice coach and they eat well and it’s a couple of hours on a coach with your mates to Hull so it not a massive problem. But it’s just nice to be at home with our family and have our friends there, on our home field, it’s just good with our own members there watching us - it’s a different feeling.”

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