Wane’s derby pledge

Wigan were disappointed with their last performance

Wigan were disappointed with their last performance

Shaun Wane has told fans to expect a “different” performance from Wigan today.

The Warriors head into the derby showdown with five wins from their six Super League games.

And they are hoping to stretch their Good Friday run to seven successive triumphs.

But Wane was disappointed with their misfiring attack in their last game, an 18-12 loss to Widnes.

While their defence has been stoic, Wigan – with five internationals missing – have averaged less than 20 points a game this year.

But the coach hopes the intensity of the derby will improve the quality of their display. He said: “This will be a different performance.

“We’ve worked really hard, and we’ll be ready and pumped.

“In our last game we didn’t throw enough at Widnes, the tempo wasn’t what it should be, we didn’t challenge them enough.

“We want to fix that and my players understand how big this game is – it’s massive for us.”

Wane has never lost a Good Friday game since being promoted to the first-team set-up in 2010, as Michael Maguire’s assistant.

“Good Friday games against Saints are the best,” he added.

“This is the one people have been asking me about for weeks. Even in pre-season, this is the one they talk about.

“It’s not make or break but it is a massive game. Both sets of fans are passionate, both have local lads in their side, and that just adds to the spice.”

Fit-again Joel Tomkins replaces injured Liam Farrell while captain Sean O’Loughlin will continue at stand-off, with George Williams out until next week with a back problem.

Wane’s squad for the Easter Monday visit of Hull KR be shaped by any injuries today, but he admitted Lewis Tierney may get “another shot” at full-back.