WIGAN will be boosted by the return of Paul Deacon this Friday night as they aim to halt their win-less run.
The Warriors travel to Hull KR without a victory in their last three matches.
And as Michael Maguire weighs up whether to make changes to his squad, he should be able to call on the experience of Deacon once again.
The former Great Britain scrum-half has missed the last four games following a nasty head knock against Hull FC a month ago.
Wigan have won just one game since then, a gutsy 20-6 victory at Huddersfield, and his organisational skills – and shrewd tactical kicking – should have a steadying influence on the side, at a time when new half-back Brett Finch is still trying to settle into the Wigan team.
Maguire will also be able to recall Jeff Lima to his squad after the Kiwi prop served a one-match suspension, while Liam Farrell and Amos Roberts – dropped last Friday – will be back in the mix.
That means injured props Stuart Fielden and Eamon O’Carroll are the only absentees from Maguire’s senior squad, and with no players cited by the RFL yesterday, he has no disciplinary concerns to worry about. Wigan have not lost a Super League game away from home in more than year, yet realise they face a difficult task on Friday night against a Hull KR side that enjoyed a morale-boosting 38-28 win over Leeds on Saturday.
Wigan, by contrast, are still nursing their wounds from last Friday’s 47-28 slaying by Catalan.
And with a Good Friday showdown with St Helens looming on the horizon, second-rower Harrison Hansen admits they are playing for much more than two-points.
He said: “We took a good look at ourselves over the weekend and we’ve got to restore some pride.
“We didn’t play as a team against Catalan, we played as individuals.
“They out-enthused us and the more people tried to fix things, the worse it got. We’ve still got the nucleus of the team, I can’t put my finger on why.
“We set ourselves high standards and we didn’t reach them, not by a long way. We’ve got to stick in there and work extremely hard – and that’s what we will do this week.”
Kiwi scrum-half Thomas Leuluai added: “We’re not about to start panicking.”
l EX-Warrior Martin Gleeson is expected to tie-up a move to Hull FC until the end of the season, ahead of a switch to the NRL in 2012.