STRAIGHT-talking Shaun Wane says his players will be fired-up by comments from the Castleford camp which “border on disrespectful”.
The two sides clash in a heavyweight Challenge Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday.
High-flying Castleford beat the champions in their last two meetings and when the draw was made, coach Daryl Powell said: “I think they will be wary of us. It doesn’t hold any fears.”
At yesterday’s pre-match media conference, Wane repeatedly referenced comments from Castleford – and admits they have added spice to an already tasty encounter.
He said: “They’re a team that are very confident, bordering on over-confident if you hear the stuff which they’ve been saying, and that’s a good motivation for our players that.
“If you hear what they’ve been saying you’d think they’ve won 20 trophies in 10 years. Hopefully that will be their downfall.” Asked whether his players were aware of the remarks, he continued: “Yeah, my players are aware of it... it’s definitely stoked the fire with some of the things, that border on disrespectful.”
Castleford are one spot ahead of fourth-placed Wigan in the ladder, and have been one of the surprise packages of the year.
Wane praised the work Powell has done, and labelled some of their performances as “outstanding”.
“You hear stories coming out of Castleford since this draw was made and they’re ultra-confident,” he added.
“Let’s see what they win, and where they end up. But for the minute they’re doing really well.”
Wane has previously used remark from opposition camps to motivate his squad – most recently a boast by St Helens about their backline being the best in Super League.
l JOSH Charnley may play for Championship outfit Workington this weekend as he aims to reclaim his first-team spot.
The England World Cup winger has been out of action for two months with a knee injury.
Super League’s top tryscorer for the past two years, he is now fit – but Shaun Wane says he is happy with 20-year-old Dom Manfredi.
“I like Dom, I like Josh – it’s good competition for places,” said Wane.
“If you’re not in this team or you’re coming back from injury, there’s a good chance you’ll play up there to get some fitness.”
Wane said there were “deficiencies” in Charnley’s game for him to work on – as well as his match-fitness.
With Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Mike McIlorum and Dan Sarginson set to be back from injury for Wigan on Saturday, those who get squeezed out may also play for Workington at Sheffield on dual-registration. The two clubs reached a working relationship ahead of this season.
Gil Dudson, Jordan James and Greg Burke have all played for Town.