WIGAN Warriors coach Shaun Wane is getting ready to take a step back in time at Featherstone tonight.
The Warriors coach is under no illusions that the Challenge Cup tie will be anything other than tough.
Wane has pointed to the days when he used to play against Featherstone as a player, and the fact Rovers were always such a difficult side to play against.
He said: “They were always really tough games up there. There were broken noses and concussions – it was really enjoyable, old fashioned rugby league.”
The Championship side showed that same grit and determination in the last round of the cup when they knocked out Super League side Castleford.
Wane added: “They got away with quite a bit in that Cas game and I’m preparing my players for the same again.
“They have some good players there. Gareth Raynor has played for Great Britain and Ian Hardman played at St Helens.
“Liam Finn and Andy Kain are both very talented players and they have front-rower Stuart Dickens, who runs hard. We just need to make sure that when he gets the ball we belt the hell out of him.
“Fev are also very well- coached. In the games I’ve seen they run hard, and we need to do the tough stuff first before we let (Brett) Finch and Tommy (Leuluai) do what they do.”
Wane says he doesn’t want his players taking their foot off their gas – and has reminded them that a full performance is needed.
He said: “I want a convincing performance.
“And I’m looking forward to it – the crowd are on top of you.
“Sky has made it their game, they’re hoping for an upset, so we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“It’s something different, though. Get through this and we’re in the quarter-final; it’s a great period for us.
“It’s a massive day for them as well.
“We’ll treat them with respect but, at the end of the day, we’re Super League, they’re Championship and we need to make sure that gulf stays there.”
Wane also confirmed that Lee Mossop could be available for tonight’s game.
The forward came through 60 minutes at Hull last week and is hoping to retain his spot.