Big One will cast a spell

Iain Thornley launching the Big One game
Iain Thornley launching the Big One game
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Iain Thornley can’t wait to run out in front of a bumper crowd at the DW Stadium when Leeds Rhinos come to town on Friday, September 5 for The Big One.

The penultimate clash of the regular Super League season sees the rivals clash in a repeat of this season’s epic Magic Weekend encounter at the Etihad Stadium which Wigan won 18-14.

And with the disappointment of last Sunday’s defeat to Bradford, Thornley has called on his Wigan teammates to end the season on a high.

“I played in the Huddersfield game last year and it’s a great occasion,” Thornley told the Evening Post.

“It’s a great atmosphere and it would be good for the lads if the fans come down and show their support like they have done in the past Big Ones.”

Tickets are now on sale from the DW Stadium Ticket Office and at wiganwarriors.com.

Warriors boss Shaun Wane said: ““Leeds have been going well this year, they’re right in the mix for the top spot and it’s very tight up there at the minute. Both of us want to finish top of the ladder make no mistakes about that.”

Looking ahead to Thursday’s clash with Salford Red Devils, Thornley is keen to see Wigan put their shock 16-8 defeat to Bradford Bulls behind them as quickly as possible.

“It’s a quick turnaround but the lads are doing the right things and will be ready for Thursday’s game to go for the kind of performance we want,” he added.

And Wane is also looking towards the Salford game as a quick chance to put Sunday’s loss to bed.

“The players feel the same as me about the Bradford game. They are hurting quite a bit.

“When it comes to desire at attitude I’ve never had to fault them in the past but we dipped below our levels at Bradford.”

And the Wigan boss is also refusing to write-off the club’s chances of topping the table.

“We will fight to the death to get the League Leaders’ –it will be a different mentailaty on Thursday.

“It will make the players hungry for Thursday’s game and make sure we put things right, That wasn’t Wigan and we never want it to happen again.”

Wane is also leaning towards giving Joel Tomkins his welcome-back appearance in front of home fans.

“I’m excited – he’s gone really well with his rehab,” he said.

“He has shown desire and shown he is ready.”