Crosby: Warriors won’t underestimate Hull KR

Dom Crosby takes on the Castleford defence last Friday night
Dom Crosby takes on the Castleford defence last Friday night

DOM Crosby says there is no danger of Wigan underestimating Challenge Cup opponents Hull KR this Friday night.

The Warriors eased past the Robins by 60-0 less than two weeks ago, and backed that up with another dominant performance last Friday.

I know we beat them a couple of weeks back but this is going to be a different team to the one we faced

Dom Crosby

In miserable conditions, Shaun Wane’s side ran out 28-0 winners against Castleford which – combined with St Helens’ defeat at Catalans – saw them climb to second in the Super League table.

But the action turns to 
the Cup this weekend and while Crosby says they are feeling in a confident mood, he says they are predicting a sterner test from Chris Chester’s KR.

The prop said: “This is a massive, massive game for us.

“I know we beat them a couple of weeks back but this is going to be a different team to the one we faced.

“But we’re happy with the way we’re playing, we’ve performed well in the last couple of weeks, our ‘D’ is good and the attack is flowing.”

Robins had talisman Terry Campese back for Thursday’s match at 
Wakefield, helping guide them to a comfortable 54-6 win. The winners of Friday’s Sky-televised match at Leigh Sports Village progresses to the quarter-finals of the Cup.

Wigan have kept three clean-sheets in the last month and have the second-tightest defence in Super League, after Huddersfield.

“We take pride from it, and to keep two sides to nil points is impressive,” said the academy-product.

“We could see against Cas’, there were times when the senior lads buzzed up the team, Lockers did that with some of his tackles.”

Many Wigan legends – invited to Friday’s game for a Heritage Day – were in the winning dressing room afterwards.

“It was humbling to be in the presence of so many of them,” added Crosby.

“It really hammered home what a privilege it is to wear the shirt, they had it 
before us and it makes it special.”

Crosby has scored two tries in the last three games – a good return for a player 
who went all the way through 2014 without touching down – and, like his fellow front-rowers, is feeling the benefit of intensifying competition.

Welsh prop Ben Flower (hamstring) and forward Liam Farrell (hip) will be hoping to return from injury to face Hull KR.