Wane: Don’t let this one slip away

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane
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SHAUN Wane has urged his players to bring the fireworks tonight – or risk being haunted by an off-season of regret.

Wigan’s Grand Final hopes are on the line when they face Warrington in a do-or-die semi-final showdown at the DW Stadium.

The Grand Final represents the Warriors’ last opportunity to win a trophy this season. They lost the World Club Challenge in Sydney, were dumped out of the Challenge Cup by eventual-beaten finalists Castleford and missed out on the league leaders’ shield.

Wane (right) hopes those bitter memories, coupled with their strong form, will power them past Wolves tonight. He said: “I can’t tell you how much the missed chances have hurt.

“I’m still gutted about the Cas game, and the World Club is still torturing me as well.

“We understand that this potentially could be the end of our season – and we want another week.

“And knowing the work the players have put in, I think they deserve another week.

“But we understand got a big challenge first.”

The Warriors haven’t lost to Warrington since beating them at Old Trafford last October.

But their most recent win, a 24-20 thriller, went right down to the wire and Wane reckons the prize at stake will amp up the intensity.

“The quality in training has been outstanding, you can tell it’s make or break,” he said.