Wane: Rip into Hull’s pack

Ryan Sutton congratulates Ryan Hampshire

Ryan Sutton congratulates Ryan Hampshire

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SHAUN Wane has instructed his players to “rip into” Hull FC tonight to avoid a second successive defeat.

His depleted Warriors face an outfit three places below them in the table, but boosted by both home advantage and a giant pack.

With six key players missing including Sean O’Loughlin, he knows their ability to handle Hull’s pack will go a long way to deciding the outcome.

Wane said: “They’re a huge team. We need to make sure we know where our shoulders are and rip into them.

“ If we find our hunger in defence we’ll test them, but we have to do the hard work first because they’re a big, athletic team, and they throw a lot at you.

“They’re very up and down, but when they’re on, they’re one of the best teams in Super League.

“We’re down on middles, we’re using our full numbers, but I’m confident in the team I’ll put out.”

Young prop Ryan Sutton is in line for his third appearance while Connor Farrell has been included in the 19-man squad.

Wane has no specialist full-back in his line-up. Versatile Dan Sarginson could get the nod.

WARRIORS have sold out of their initial allocation of Magic Weekend tickets. Nearly 500 further tickets arrived yesterday. Their clash against Leeds headlines Saturday’s festivities, featuring three other games.

Reserved East Stand seating is available priced £20 adults and £10 concessions. Season ticket holders are entitled to 50 per cent discount when bought through the club.

THE appointment of a Super League general manager may go some way towards appeasing Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, who has previously been highly critical of the top-flight’s missed opportunities.

Australian Blake Solly will step up to the new role, from his position as RFL director of standards and licensing, next month.

SIX young Warriors have been named in the 20-man England academy squad to face France in a one-off Test at Castleford next Friday.

David Thompson, Gabriel Fell, Jake Shorrocks, Luke Waterworth, Nick Gregson and Oliver Gildart are all included. Wigan assistant coach John Winder will take charge.

WIGANER Steve McCormack, the Scotland World Cup coach, has taken charge of Championship One outfit Gloucestershire All Golds.