Still a Giant task, says Wane

Ben Flower in action against Salford
Ben Flower in action against Salford

Shaun Wane reckons Huddersfield are the best bottom-placed side he’s seen in a long time.

The Giants arrive at the DW tonight seeking a win which would claw them off the foot of the Super League table.

Wane has scrutinised their recent games including their 11-0 win against Warrington in their last outing.

And he thinks their position at the foot of the ladder is misleading.

“They’re by far the best (bottom-placed side) I’ve seen,” said Wane. “By far.

“Even when they were busted with injuries when we played them, they were the best team – we pinched that game, no doubt about it.

“I feel a bit sorry for them because I like Paul Anderson, I like the way they play and they don’t deserve to be where they are.

“If you watch their games, they’ve been playing well.

“So there’s no danger of us being complacent, we’ll be ready for them.

“The footage I’ve shown the players is of a team that will beat you if you don’t turn up.”

Huddersfield registered their second win of the season last week by nilling the Wolves – a result which allowed Wigan to draw level at the top of the ladder.

“I knew it was coming, Huddersfield did a real job on a fantastic team,” said Wane.

“I watched them the week before and they weren’t far off.

“They’ll come here confident, and rightly so.”

Welsh prop Ben Flower and Kiwi centre Anthony Gelling return from injury.

And with John Bateman and prop Dom Crosby coming back into the side last week, it is a clear sign Wane’s injury woes are easing.

His depleted squad was also hit by a virus ahead of their 62-0 drubbing at Wakefield – and their 26-12 victory over Castleford a week ago didn’t completely heal the the wounds.

Wane said: “The players are still a bit angry at some of the comments, and they want to let people know how good they can play – I encourage that kind of motivation.”

Wigan have now played all their opponents once and – while they are top of the ladder, level with Warrington and Catalans – Wane concedes they have not shown their true capabilities yet.

“If I’m totally honest I don’t think we’ve played well,” he said. “The scope this team has is unbelievable, we’re in good shape and our attack and defence can improve.”

Tonight’s televised game is the first of two Thursday games in succession. They travel to Warrington next week.