DARRELL Goulding believes Huddersfield Giants provide the best opposition for Warriors to prepare for the World Club Challenge.
The Super League opener at the DW Stadium tomorrow night pits the 2013 League Leaders against the Challenge Cup and Grand Final winners.
The Warriors centre thinks the Giants’ style of play is similar to what can be found in the NRL and thinks the clash will help Warriors acclimatise to the test against Sydney Roosters on February 22.
“Huddersfield play in a similar style to an NRL team. They are a wrestling team with a big set of forwards so if we can beat them it will give us a confidence boost ahead of going,” said Goulding.
“We play similarly so it will be good for the fans to watch and it’s a big game to go into the World Club Challenge and that’s something we’d want here.
“We want to into the Challenge on the back of a big game and they will want to avenge their loss in the play-offs last season.”
The Sydney showdown marks the first World Club Challenge Wigan have been involved in since the painful 21-15 defeat at the DW Stadium in 2011 when Goulding played on the wing.
Confidence will be the key to success at the Allianz Stadium according to Goulding - and a win over Huddersfield, the only side to beat Wigan twice during the regular season last term, will provide it in droves according to the classy centre.
“It’s a massive confidence thing,” added Goulding.
“There’s a lot of excitement about the place and Huddersfield will be an interesting game.”
The Grand Final try-scorer admits the Warriors will go into the World Club Challenge as underdogs but thinks the spirit at the club can surprise peoplejust like it did at the end of last season when they stormed the play-offs after a rocky patch last season.
He said: “We are not naive enough not to know that a lot of people will be writing us off.”
“People talk about the NRL being so superior to Super League so that’s expected but we know what we can do here.”