Robinson: Can Warriors retain SL crown?

Jason Robinson in his playing days for Wigan
Jason Robinson in his playing days for Wigan

JASON Robinson is hoping Wigan can cling on to their Super League crown this year.

The Wigan Warriors legend says the challenge of maintaining success is much greater than achieving it.

Wigan kick-off the defence of their title this Saturday with a Millennium Magic game against St Helens in Cardiff.

Robinson - a firm fans’ favourite during his nine years with the Warriors - told today’s Wigan Evening Post: “I went to the Grand Final and I thought Wigan were fantastic – they never gave Saints a sniff and they did great to play so well in those conditions.

“It was fantastic, for the club, the fans and the players. The players and the coaching staff really did a job and the young players managed to come through and make their mark, not only on the team but on the competition.

“No doubt about it, it was great to win last year and they deserve all the praise they got.

“But that’s last year and the players will all appreciate that. They won’t want to live off that. It’s now a new season, a new challenge.

“It’s one thing doing it, but another thing to maintain it.

“Wigan have experienced that in the past when they’ve done it back-to-back and that is the challenge for the players this year.

“They have to do it all over again, they have to make sure they have that same hunger and desire and the same will to keep developing and improving.

“I’m sure Michael Maguire will be pushing that message to them.”

For the full exclusive interview with Robinson see today’s Wigan Evening Post. The newspaper will be giving Wigan Warriors extensive coverage all this week. And don’t miss your free Wigan Warriors magazine with this week’s Wigan Observer, on sale Tuesday.