SHAUN Wane has laughed off suggestions that Wigan are hitting their peak too early.
He has guided the Warriors to the top of the table with 11-straight victories including thumping wins over Leeds and St Helens in their last two matches – leading to Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown to claim “there is Wigan and everyone else” in the competition.
But Wane has been irritated by comparisons with Warrington’s failure in the play-offs last season, after they had trampled over scores of opponents during the regular campaign.
And speaking at his weekly press conference yesterday, he described the theory that teams can “time their runs” at the business end of the season as nonsense.
Wane said: “I absolutely don’t buy into that theory at all.
“It’s a load of rubbish. An absolute load of rubbish.
“As long as you’re mindful of looking after certain players who you need to look after, and do that when you can, then I don’t buy into that at all.
“I’ve been asked about what Warrington did last year, and it doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t concern me one little bit.
“The only thing I’m concerned about is playing well this week, and then next week, and so on.
“If we carry on doing that, I couldn’t give a damn about what happened to Warrington.”
Wane and his squad will fly out to France today ahead of Saturday’s match against Catalan in Montpellier.
The Super League season then takes a break for a week for the England v Exiles match.
Steve McNamara will name his squad today with Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Mike McIlorum set to figure.
Wane also hopes there are calls for Josh Charnley – Super League’s leading try-scorer with 21 – and Darrell Goulding and Gareth Hock.
Counterpart Daniel Anderson yesterday named four Warriors in his Exiles squad, and Wane admits he would have preferred to have seen veteran centre George Carmont given the week off.
“We try and look after him here,” Wane said of Carmont, who is joined by Brett Finch, Jeff Lima and Thomas Leuluai in the Exiles squad.
“He’s a bit sore at the moment, he’s getting on a bit, but I left it up to him and he wanted to play.”
Wane was last night waiting to find out whether Harrison Hansen would need his broken jaw plating.
The forward suffered the injury against St Helens at the end of last month but medical staff had to wait for the swelling to go down before discovering the full extent of the damage.