WARRIORS head coach Shaun Wane has hailed the impact made so far this season by in-form second rower Harrison Hansen.
Hansen, the 26-year-old Auckland-born ace, has been inspirational again this season and turned in an outstanding, man of the match performance in last weekend’s crushing 56-12 victory at Hull FC.
Wane said: “Harrison’s been fantastic. I’m actually sick of saying his name because he’s been so good, he’s absolutely terrific.
“He’s trusted everything I’ve said, he’s an outstanding player in our team, and a good bloke too.
“I’ve put him under pressure this year, and he even said to me that I’ve put him under more pressure than he’s ever had in his career.
“In the past, hes been allowed to do what he does, but I won’t have that now. He has his roles and levels to reach, and he seems to enjoy that pressure - it doesn’t matter if he enjoys it or not, he’ll get it!
“His form has been great, and Gaz [Hock] too. It’s been nice to see both of them reach that potential.”
Wane was very impressed with his side’s overall performance against Hull too.
He added: “I could tell during the week, there was a certain intensity I knew they were in the zone and it was a good performance.
“It was great to score that many points, our skill level has been great this year, and in wet conditions.” Meanwhile, Wane yesterday named his 19-man squad for tomorrow night’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round clash at Featherstone Rovers.
After the last round there have been calls to re-format the way the competition is played but Wane believes it is fine just the way it is.
He said: ““I think it’s fantastic.
“Even going back to Crusaders, if I was in charge of that club I would want my players to go and have a game against Wigan.
“It would have been a great expeirence for them, forget the score.”
For the game against Rovers, Wigan welcome back prop Lee Mossop to the 19 having made a return in the 20’s game at Hull FC last weekend, Pat Richards drops out of the squad through a knee injury, while Anthony Gelling returns to the 19 and is likely to partner George Carmont on the left.
SQUAD: S Tomkins, Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Finch, Leuluai, Prescott, McIlorum, Mossop, Hansen, Hock, O’Loughlin, Lima, Farrell, Tuson, Lauaki, Dudson, Gelling, Hughes
Referee: Richard Silverwood.
n The funeral of Keith mills will be held at St John’s C of E church in New Springs.