Ready to fire

WIGAN hope they can produce the French polish when they host Catalan Dragons tonight.

The Warriors have lost just once in Super League this term but they have yet to hit top-gear.

At times they have shown plenty of courage –particularly against Huddersfield – but their 44-10 win against Bradford back in Febraury was the closest they have come to unleashing their full attacking arsenal.

They have claimed just one point from their last two matches, yet the players reckon they are getting closer to nailing an 80 minute performance.

Stand-off Brett Finch said: “We need to replicate the way we finished against Leeds last week over 80 minutes, and we know that when we do that, we’ll be hard to beat.”

Captain Sean O’Loughlin said: “We’re by no means playing badly but we set ourselves high standards and we’re not reaching them yet.

“It’s hard to play well all year round, we just need to keep working hard, keep improving and getting back to the form we had last year.”

Slippery full-back Sam Tomkins – who spearheaded the rescue act at Leeds, when Wigan scored three tries in 15 minutes – said he couldn’t identify why they have failed to click at times this season./

“If we knew that, we’d have sorted it already,” said Tomkins. “But we’re not far off, that’s what we need to realise.

“We’ve been in two tough games in the last two weeks, against Leeds and Warrington, and in patches we weren’t good but in patches we were.

“We just need that consistency for 80 minutes and that will only come from working hard and improving.”

Warriors are boosted by the return of Man of Steel Pat Richards, while Harrison Hansen may switch to prop to cover for the loss of suspended Jeff Lima. Kick-off is 8pm.

Wigan’s round three game with Castleford has been arranged for Wednesday, July 6 at the DW Stadium (8pm).