SHAUN Wane hopes Wigan’s success over the Easter period will help them cope with a demanding schedule – starting against Castleford tonight.
The showdown against the Tigers, just a week after their Challenge Cup victory at the same ground, is the first of three games in 10 days.
They also host Widnes next Wednesday in a rearranged game owing to their involvement in the World Club Challenge, before travelling to Wakefield next Sunday.
Wane compared the punishing programme to Easter, when Super League teams play two games over the long weekend. And he can lean on an impeccable record during his time involved in the first-team, winning all 10 Easter games in his time as an assistant and head coach.
“We’ve shown that we can be pretty good at handling these games in quick succession,” he said.
“This is a bit like an Easter period, it’s not ideal but we’ve got to bite the bullet and see how we come out the other end.”
Third-placed Tigers are two points clear of Wigan, in fourth.
But there is much more riding on this encounter than the Super League table.
Castleford have beaten the Warriors in their last three outings, including last Saturday’s Cup quarter-final.
Wigan – seeking to avoid losing three games in a row for the first time since 2009 – have vowed to use the disappointment to fuel a strong Super League campaign.
“It’s soul destroying that we didn’t turn up for the biggest game,” said Wane.
“Every day that has gone by, we’ve been hurting, we need to get it out of our system.”
In particular, Wane is demanding a more polished, composed display from a team which should welcome back stand-off Sam Powell, centre Darrell Goulding and prop Scott Taylor.
“In big games you need to complete your sets, and finish them in a positive way, and last week we didn’t do that,” he added.
WIGAN’S Under-19s travel to Castleford tomorrow, kick-off 2pm.