Thornley brothers prepare to lock horns

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IAIN Thornley will avoid contact with his brother this week – as they prepare for their first major clash against each other!

The Wigan centre can not wait to tussle with his sibling Andrew, Leigh’s hard working second-row, in Friday’s Challenge Cup tie.

Their previous two meetings were at reserve level and in a pre-season friendly last January.

Thornley, who has sparkled in the Warriors three-quarters this season, said: “He messaged me as soon as the draw was made, but I don’t think we will probably speak again until the game is over.

“Some of my family are not sure who they will support, they just want us both to come out of the game unscathed and they will be hoping we don’t come up against each other too often in the game!

“I think both of us will look forward to getting stuck into each other though.

“I’ll try and wind him up a bit!”

Shaun Wane plans to field his strongest team, taking no chances against a Championship outfit he rates highly – despite their 60-10 loss at unbeaten Halifax on Sunday.

“Leigh had a big loss last weekend and they will be looking to turn that around,” said Thornley, who returned to his hometown club last year after a stint with Sale Sharks.

“They will obviously be fired up for the game, as will we. There is a lot of competition between Leigh and Wigan and both towns will be up for it, there should be a decent crowd, it is big for both sides as to who can get the bragging rights afterwards.

“We want to start well in the Cup and carry that on all the way through and go all the way to the final.

“Last year, losing in the semi-final was a huge disappointment and we want to progress further this year.”