Wane wary of Rhinos' traps
Shaun Wane says he won't be 'falling into the trap' of believing Leeds are vulnerable.
The champions have won just one of five games this year and their captain Danny McGuire is among their absentees.
Bookmakers have already installed the Rhinos as 2/1 clear underdogs for tomorrow’s showdown in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
But Wane has brushed off suggestions they will be under-done.
He pointed to the quality in their squad – and some misleading results – as evidence of the threat they pose to Wigan’s unbeaten start to the Super League season.
Wane said: “Leeds have got more individuals than other Super League clubs who can burn you, and that’s what I’ve been drumming into my players.
“So I’m not falling into the trap of thinking they’re not in good form or looking at where they are in the competition (table).
“Leeds have too many talented players - they’ll be challenging for every honour this year.
“You can’t under-estimate them. We certainly won’t be. They’re too good of a team.”
Wane is expected to spring one major tactical change tomorrow night.
Dan Sarginson is expected to move to full-back, a ploy which will open up a place for Oliver Gildart at centre.
Lewis Tierney - who has started at full-back in all of Wigan’s games this season - has been left out of the provisional 19-man squad.
“Lewis has done well for us, but there are a few things in his game that he needs to work on,” said Wane.
“We’ll look at doing something a bit different this week.”
Wane was happy with the shape of the side when Sarginson switched to full-back at the end of their 26-25 win at Hull FC last weekend.
Sean O’Loughlin is set to return to the squad after missing out last week.
Australian hooker Beau Falloon is set to make a delayed Leeds debut after recovering from a broken toe.
But Joel Moon and Brett Delaney have missed out due to hamstring injuries.