SENTIMENT will play no part in Wigan’s trip to Huddersfield on Saturday, according to Pat Richards.
It will be the first time former Warriors favourite Stuart Fielden will line-up against his old team-mates since moving back across the Pennines following an injury-ravaged two years at the DW Stadium.
“We’ll catch-up after the game, that’s for sure but for now it’s business as usual,” said Richards. “You just have to go out there and do the job.”
Fielden moved to the Warriors in a sensational £450,000 transfer in 2006 and played a major role in Wigan’s great escape as the cloud of relegation loomed over them.
After a catalogue of injuries and limited game time, Fielden played for the final time in a Warriors shirt against St Helens last September.
Richards paid tribute to the 33-year-old’s service.
“Stu was here for a while and he’s been a good player for a long time,” he said.
“He’s another big body for them and I’m sure he’ll be looking forward to a good game this week.”
Fielden is just one of a giant middle unit for Huddersfield, but Richards is confident Wigan can match their muscle.
“They are a physical side and a big side but we have some big boys in our side as well,” said Richards.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge, that’s for sure. We like going over there and playing against them so it should be good.”
With a heavy focus on the packs being placed on the game, Wigan’s sparkling flair in Sam Tomkins, Matty Smith and Blake Green is overlooked.
But Richards wants to see Wigan utilise all their strengths to pick up the two league points.
“You just have to step up and every player has to play their role. If we continue to do that it’ll put us in a good position,” he said.
The Warriors’ third all-time top points scorer also has every confidence they are well-equipped to leapfrog the Giants in the Super League table.
Richards added: “We just have to carry on some momentum now. We’re happy with our preparation and we’ve had two games now.
“We’re disappointed we didn’t come away with a victory against Warrington but we’ll take a point and we’ll keep moving on.”
Richards also said that the late confirmation of the fixture date has not affected Wigan.
The game was originally scheduled for Sunday but has been brought forward 24 hours due to Huddersfield Town’s progression in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
“We had a nine turn around and now it’s an eight day turnaround so nothing changes for us,” said the Ireland international.
“One day is nothing to us.”