Hansen: We won’t get rusty

Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds:  Harrison Hansen goes in for a try
Wigan Warriors v Salford City Reds: Harrison Hansen goes in for a try

HARRISON Hansen is confident Shaun Wane will prevent any rust from setting in as Wigan prepare for a weekend off.

The Warriors’ reward for their comfortable 46-6 victory over Catalan was a home semi-final, giving them a two-week break between action.

In the past, some have suggested the semi-finalists are hampered by the rest – and their opponents are better prepared as they are battle-hardened. But Hansen says the team have the right mind-set, and mentor, to ensure they will be perfectly positioned to tackle their next hurdle and reach Old Trafford next month.

The back-rower said: “This is a new position for us, we’ve lost our opening play-offs for the last two years, but we’ll keep our feet on the ground.

“We know what’s in front of us and we’ll be preparing for that. We’ve one game to go and it’s the final, and we’re all desperate to get there.

“I’m sure Waney will throw some things into training over the next few days to keep us on our toes.”

Stand-off Brett Finch says they will use the weekend off to nurse bumps and bruises from a long, gruelling season.

“When you get past 30, you’ll take days off!” he said.

“We’ve got a few blokes carrying knocks, Tommy (Leuluai) has just come back from a major injury and so the weekend off is definitely appreciated. It’ll give us a chance to freshen up mentally.”

Hansen, meanwhile, has been happy to play his part in their Grand Final assault.

An unsung hero of the pack, he was brilliant against St Helens on the final day of the regular season and backed that up with a dominant display against Catalan last Friday.

He said: “I’m enjoying the way I’m playing at the moment. Last week was a big confidence boost, I wanted to prove to myself I was worthy of a place.

“As a team, we were a bit flat there for a while, but Tommy has come back in and we definitely feel like we’re building at just the right time.”