Recent form ‘just a blip’, warns Hansen

Harrison Hansen
Harrison Hansen

WIGAN forward Harrison Hansen has warned Hull his team’s recent form is nothing but a “little blip”.

The Warriors head into the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley on the back of a poor run in Super League that has seen them surrender top spot.

Shaun Wane’s men now cannot win the League Leaders’ Shield after winning just two of their last seven games in the competition.

But with that sequence punctuated by good displays in the cup – most notably the 70-0 thrashing of London Broncos in the semi-finals – Wigan remain firm favourites this weekend.

Hansen believes that status is justified for a side that has spent most of the season top of the table.

The 27-year-old Samoa international said: “It has been a bit funny the last two or three weeks.

“Over the course of the year we have been racking up points and probably these last few weeks we have ducked under a little.

“But at the end of the day it is a final and it will be different to Super League. I can’t wait to get out there.

“Teams have little blips and that is all it is. We have things we can work on and it’s easily fixed.

“Hull will be confident and are in good form but we are still in the position because of what we have done in the year and how we have played.

“It doesn’t matter. Everyone is going to be prepared for this game.”

Hansen will enjoy a benefit year in 2014 after speculation linking him with Salford was ended this week by news of a one-year contract extension.

The Wigan youth product made his debut in 2004 and was a member of the sides that won the Grand Final in 2010 and the Challenge Cup the following year.

He now hopes to draw on that experience to help Wigan – record 18-time winners of the Challenge Cup – secure yet more silverware.

Hansen said: “Winning trophies is a massive thing. To experience a final and win a final, as I have done, is the best experience and something I’ll never forget.

“All our fans have been looking forward to this and it is going to be a great occasion.

“If we were to win this week it would really push us to try to go on to reach the Grand Final. We are still in a great position.”