Two out of three is the target says Wigan Warriors ace Oliver Gildart

Oliver Gildart admits the Wigan players are using their Challenge Cup disappointment as added motivation to push for Super League glory.

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:36 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:40 pm
Oliver Gildart in try-scoring action for Wigan Warriors

Warriors can go top of the table if they win at arch-rivals St Helens on Friday night, with three rounds of the regular season remaining.

Wigan are also aiming to smash a winless run in the derby of FIVE matches – the most recent setback being a 42-0 defeat at Salford last month.

But the response since then has been impressive, and Gildart knows the League Leaders’ Shield – which Wigan haven’t picked up since 2012 – is within touching distance.

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“We obviously wanted to win all three – the League Leaders’ Shield, the Challenge Cup and the Grand Final,” he told the Wigan Post.

“The boys were very disappointed with the Challenge Cup semi-final, especially me not being able to play.

“Obviously we can’t go back and do anything about it, but we can use it as motivation to make sure we stay on course in the league.

“Two out of three wouldn’t be bad, we’d definitely take that for 2020.”

While Wigan have been unable to play at the DW Stadium since March 8, St Helens will again have home advantage at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Another reason why any success this year will have been earned the hard way.

“Obviously you pride yourselves on the games at home, and we usually like to call the DW a bit of a fortress,” recognised the Test centre.

“We’ve always had a very high win percentage at home, but this year is just something you have to adapt to.

“As players we’ve all got our heads round that now, and you just have to do your best no matter where the games are being played.”

Friday’s clash will be a teaser of what may lie ahead in the play-offs, and Gildart admits the end-of-season buzz is already here.

“Yeah definitely, I felt really jealous watching the NRL Grand Final last weekend, with so many fans inside the stadium,” he added.

“You kind of have to pinch yourself and think that could be me in a few weeks.

“And it does give you a bit more motivation, especially the lads who have done it before.

“Obviously it’s been a very bad year for everybody, and hopefully we can end it on a high.”

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