SHAUN Wane’s Warriors are aiming to secure their place in derby history tomorrow.
They travel to St Helens desperate to claim the bragging rights of winning their first encounter at the recently-opened Langtree Park.
Centre Darrell Goulding said: “It’s a massive. None of the lads have spoke about that, but it’ll be on our minds.
“Games like that stick forever in history and we’ll do what we can to win the game.”
Wigan beat St Helens in their last match at Central Park in 1999 and two years ago edged the final derby at Saints’ old ground, Knowsley Road.
But they lost to their fierce rivals in the first game against each other at the DW – then the JJB – Stadium in 2000.
Wane said: “I remember the last game at Knowlsey Road and (former coach) Michael Maguire said to me afterwards that he couldn’t believe the reaction of the local players.
“So to go there and get the first win would be so special, and we have to make sure we put ourselves in the picture.”
Kiwi halfback Thomas Leuluai admits the historic bragging rights would “be good for the fans” and Sam Tomkins added: “It would be good.
“We want the two points for the Super League, but I suppose it would be nice to get our first win there.”
Gareth Hock labelled the chance as “a big incentive” as he prepares for his first derby in three years.
The blockbusting second-rower has missed the last 11 encounters, and Wane revealed he has had to keep him on a leash this week. “I had to pull Gaz out of training,” said the coach.
“He was so fired-up I thought, ‘I can’t risk him injuring players’. He’s revved up, he’s a Wigan lad and he can’t wait.”