SEAN O’Loughlin says Wigan are treating tonight’s game against Catalan as a sudden-death showdown.
The losers of this evening’s DW Stadium contest get a second chance the following week, and the Warriors have had to rely on the safety net for the past two seasons.
But O’Loughlin is desperate to take the most direct route possible to Old Trafford – with a victory tonight which would put them just 80 minutes from a Grand Final.
He said: “We’ve had to use that lifeline in the past two years and it’s something we don’t want to do again. Waney wants to nail this one and use the week off to rest some bodies – we’re approaching this with the mentality that it’s knock-out.”
Wigan lost to St Helens in their last outing a week ago but O’Loughlin says their confidence has not been dented.
He said: “We’re quite upbeat, the effort was definitely there.”