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Warriors will take on Saints again

Warriors will take on Saints again

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WIGAN’S Grand Final hopes hinge on them beating St Helens in the SIXTH derby meeting of the year – after the champions kept their season alive in thrilling fashion last night.

The Warriors destroyed Catalan 44-0 to shake off fears that they are suffering a Wembley victory hangover. And now they stand just 80 minutes away from a second trip to Old Trafford in succession.

But first the Warriors must overcome Saints in a repeat fixture of the opening week of the play-offs, which Royce Simmons’ side edged 26-18, after Warrington opted to face Leeds in the other semi-final via the ClubCall.

Coach Michael Maguire said: “We’re all looking forward to the opportunity.

“Games against Saints are great to be a part of and we’ll prepare well this week and be ready to go. We’ll have to do the basics well, it’s about hunger and working for 80 minutes.”

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Warriors will go into the derby encounter full of confidence after a superb display against the Dragons, in which they kept their opponents to nil and lay on some fine attacks.

Maguire said: “After last week we didn’t play to our capabilities so it was good to see them aim up this week. We’re still not firing on all cylinders, the players are hard markers and they want to kick on.”

It also proved a memorable night for Pat Richards, who became only the fourth player after Jim Sullivan, Frano Botica and Andy Farrell to record 2,000 points for the club.

“It’s a great achievement for Paddy,” added Maguire.

Joel Tomkins, who left last night’s game at half-time, should be fit for next week.

Saints coach Royce Simmons admits his team will need to perform if they are to prevent the Warriors juggernaut from reaching Old Trafford. He said: “Wigan’s defence was outstanding, they were very aggressive and they were very good. They held a great attacking side like Catalan to zero, which was a great effort from them.”

Kick-off on Saturday is 6pm. Tickets were going on sale at 9am this morning to existing season ticket holders, and will go on general sale on Wednesday, priced £20 adults, £14 over-60s and £11 for Under-16s. The club is urging fans to buy them through Warriors etickets, through their website, because of expected high demand.

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