Big guns back for Warriors

Sean O'Loughlin
Sean O'Loughlin

SHAUN Wane has promised the big guns will be back this weekend as Wigan Warriors resume their Super League challenge at Hull.

The Wigan coach made a number of changes for last weekend’s walk in the park against the Crusaders, with the likes of Ryan King, Dom Crosby and Joe Mellor stepping into the breach.

But it’ll be A-listers only that will make the testing trip to the high-flying Airlie Birds – which could mean recalls for Pat Richards, Ben Flower and skipper Sean O’Loughlin.

“Paddy, Lockers and Ben look like they’re going to train with us today, so we’ll make a judgement on them towards the end of the week,” Wane said.

“Other than that, we’ve no injuries so I’ll have a couple of headaches this week and I can’t wait.

“This is a game I’ve targeted for weeks – we’re going to go and stay overnight, and the preparation will be outstanding. It’s a game I’m desperate to win and get two points from.”

The trip to the KC will bring back happy memories for Wane, who stepped in as acting head coach last year when Michael Maguire had to return home to Australia – and saw his charges romp to a 48-0 triumph.

“I loved that night,” Wane added.

“And I’d love to have that feeling again.

“But they’re a well-coached team, and Peter Gentle has done a great job. They play very much the way Wests do in the NRL, with lots of wild passes, so we’re going to counteract that.

“The way we attack and the way we defend won’t change week on week, though, so overall if we’re mentally prepared for this we’ll give Hull a tough game.”

In contrast to Wigan’s crushing Challenge Cup victory, Hull were dumped out of the competition on home soil by Huddersfield.

“They’re going to be down this week and we’re going to be pumped up after a great win,” Wane acknowledged.

“The confidence in their whole team will be down after that loss and, if we start the game really well, then hopefully we’ll put them in that bad place again.”