Wane: We need to make sure this isn’t a tricky tie

Micky McIlorum is back available after serving a one-game ban
Micky McIlorum is back available after serving a one-game ban

Shaun Wane has stressed the need for “calm heads” as Wigan target a place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The Warriors have started preparations for Sunday’s away trip to Swinton.

Many would expect a straight-forward win for the 2013 Cup winners. But Wane is well aware of the threat the Lions pose, after they disposed of Super League outfit Huddersfield in the last round.

He said: “It can be a tricky one, and we need to make it’s not tricky. We know how to approach it and what we need to do. It’s about calm heads, and understanding what works for us – we don’t need to do anything different.”

Swinton, who play at Sale’s Heywood Road, have a clutch of ex-Wigan youngsters in their ranks including Luke Waterworth, Rhodri Lloyd and Jack Murphy.

And, of course, Wigan have a link-up with the Championship outfit which often sees their fringe players turn out on dual-registration.

Halfback Josh Woods, who made his Warriors debut last weekend, played for the Lions in the last round of the Cup which makes him ineligible for Wigan.

Wane has already ruled out making any of his fringe players available to Swinton this week.

“I know everyone there, they know me, and it’s game on this Sunday,” said Wane.

“It’ll be a tough game, it’s on their home patch, but it’s what the Challenge Cup is all about and I love this competition.”

Captain Sean O’Loughlin is expected to be in the frame after returning from England duty, and hooker Micky McIlorum is available again after serving a one-game suspension.

Of the injured players, Sam Powell’s ankle injury is not serious and George Williams is close to a return from a knee injury. Wane is expected to provide an update at his weekly media conference today.

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