SKIPPER Sean O’Loughlin has called on the Warriors fans to make their presence felt at Warrington as Wigan look to get one hand on the League Leaders Shield.
Victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium would extend Wigan’s lead at the top of Super League to five points with just three matches remaining.
Shaun Wane has already claimed that finishing top of the pile at the end of the regular season would represent just as big an achievement in his eyes as winning the Challenge Cup.
And O’Loughlin acknowledges a huge performance on the terraces tomorrow could well be the difference as the top two lock horns.
“I know the Wigan fans will want to travel over there and show their support and it’ll make for a pretty intense atmosphere,” O’Loughlin said.
“The atmosphere at Warrington is always pretty good when it’s packed out, and you can’t underestimate how much that helps you when you run out.
“The supporters have been massive this season, as they always have been.
“The amount of support we get off them, not just at home but when we go to away games, is great. It makes every game seem like a home game.
“You see the supporters week in week out at home and away games and you become familiar with them.
“It’s great to see them people who give up their weekends to go to places like Catalan and London, spending their hard-earned money to come and support us.
“With this being such a massive game, and a big step to us getting that Shield and kicking off into the play-offs, we need them more than ever.”
As well as a potentially crucial two points in the end-of-season shake-up, Warriors also have a score to settle after losing to the Wolves in each of the last three encounters between the sides.
The most recent defeat – 22-20 at the DW back in March – was a particularly bitter pill for the Warriors to swallow, having held the lead for the majority of the evening only to lose it in controversial circumstances.
“They scored a try with Lee Briers offside,” recollected coach Wane. “I got a phone call from the RFL apologising for a game we shouldn’t have lost, so to me that wasn’t a loss.
“I know they got two points, I know that. I’ve watched it two or three times this week, and we broke them continuously but our finishing was poor – and that will be in the back of the minds of the Warrington team as well.
“Warrington are the form team, and they’ll probably be favourites in this game.
“But I’m telling you I’ve got some real fiery competitors in my squad, and we are desperate to get two points and get a real convincing win this weekend.”