SHAUNE Wane believes there will be plenty of spice when Paul Rowley brings his Leigh outfit to the DW Stadium on the weekend of April 19.
He said: “It’s a good draw. They are a talented team and they have a lot of good people involved in Leigh, I have a lot of time for them.
“They are well-coached and we won’t under-estimate them.
“We’ve played Leigh in friendlies a few times over the years but there’s a different intensity when it’s a competitive match.
“I remember the derbies against Leigh, it always has that spice, and there is a lot of history at that club.
“They will be coming here to have a real good go at us. So we’ll be prepared.
“Hopefully we get a good crowd which, financially, will be a boost for them as well.”
The draw against Leigh came just weeks after a link-up with the Championship club was announced to benefit the younger players. Wane – who said no Wigan players will be allowed to play against their parent-club in this tie – added: “I know how they operate, we have some close dealings with Leigh.
“Paul is a good coach, and they have some good ex-Wigan players in their squad – Bob Beswick for one – and they’ll need no motivating.”
Ticket details and a date for the game hadn’t been confirmed by last night.
Captain Sean O’Loughlin, who is expected to return from injury to face Bradford this Sunday in Super League, added: “I think all Super League clubs like to avoid other top-flight teams first up and we’ve done that, but of the Championship teams we’ve probably got one of the strongest teams.
“They’ll want to prove a point.”