GEORGE Carmont has promised Sunday’s massive play-off derby against St Helens will bring out the very best in the Wigan players.
Warriors ended up with a home semi-final against the old enemy on account of being pipped to the top spot in Super League by Warrington.
It’ll be the fifth time the two old rivals have met this season, with Wigan boasting an unbeaten record of three wins and a draw from the four previous matches.
But Carmont, who recently penned a one-year contract extension, will be taking nothing for granted ahead of the latest showdown – especially after tasting defeat at the hands of Saints on several occasions at the start of his Wigan career.
“We got a couple of hidings when I first got here,” Carmont acknowledged.
“But we know what we need to do to beat them now – the momentum has changed.
“The derby brings out the best in players – no team will take a backward step and we know what we need to do to beat them.
“We’ll be concentrating on that, and the result will look after itself.
“We need to get our own performance spot on and Madge (Michael Maguire) always comes up with the right plan, which has worked well for us this year.
“Madge and Waney work hard and look at areas we can exploit the other team, but a lot of what we do is what we’re capable of doing.”
Wigan bounced back from the mauling at Warrington a fortnight ago with a regulation victory over Crusaders at the weekend – which Carmont felt showed the character within the camp to get the job done despite news filtering through of the Wolves’ win at Hull that sealed top spot.
“We got a kick in the guts from Warrington and we learned from it,” Carmont (pictured right) recognised.
“We got back on the horse, we put some good structure together and we blew Crusaders off the park.
“We all know the end of the season’s near, and we all know what’s at stake if we work hard enough.”