WARRIORS head coach Shaun Wane has warned his players to shore up their defence as old foes St Helens get ready to roll into town tonight.
The hosts go into tonight’s eagerly-awaited Super League clash having had to produce a record-busting comeback last Sunday in order to see off lowly Hull KR.
That breath-taking effort – which saw Wane’s men recover from a 26-point deficit at New Craven Park – sealed the League Leaders’ Shield, but the Saints will be deadly keen to build on their recent momentum heading towards the play-offs and finally secure a 2012 win against Wigan after three earlier-season defeats.
Mike Rush’s side secured a crushing victory against London Broncos last weekend, when the visitors were ruthlessly despatched 30 points to nil.
Wane said: “Saints have real talent and if we defend like we did last week we will lose the game, it’s as simple as that.
“They have two local men coaching them, in Keiron Cunningham and Mike Rush, and they are two men whom I have a lot of respect for.
“Therefore we’re under pressure to perform.
“I’d much rather be 3-0 up than the other way around, I want it to be 4-0 up, but they will not want to be 4-0 down to us.
“I played in Leeds-Bradford games but nothing compares to this.
“If it’s eight times this year it won’t be enough.
“We need to make sure we get bodies in front of James Roby, we’ve kept him quiet this season and he is a talent.
“He’s a big attacking threat.
“They beat a good, in-form London side 30-0 last week and they’ve got some new players.
“We won’t have a full-strength side so we will be under the pump, but we will compete.
“If you look at form, the additional rest since their last game, and the players they have, I would definitely say they’re favourites.
“It’s been a short turnaround for us, they are the form team and they’re the favourites this weekend.
“Collecting the shield would be a lot sweeter if it’s after a win though.
“We need to perform against a really good team.”