Dan daring to dream of glory

Wigan's Joe Burgess celebrates his try against Leeds with Dan Sarginson
Wigan's Joe Burgess celebrates his try against Leeds with Dan Sarginson

DAN Sarginson feels his partnership with Joe Burgess is getting better and better as he eyes a place at Old Trafford.

Their centre-wing link was one of the many highlights of Wigan’s last victory, a 57-4 thrashing of Huddersfield a week ago.

They each scored a try and their slick combination proved too hot for the Giants to handle. With the Warriors now just 80 minutes away from a place at Old Trafford, Sarginson hopes they can reap the rewards of their work.

He said: “Joe and I train together every day, and we’ve played alongside each other for a large part of the year.

“The longer we play alongside each other, the better we’ll be. It’s been going good recently, it definitely feels like we’re building a good bond there.”

What makes their centre-wing link so exciting is their potential.

With ex-London Bronco Sarginson just 21 and academy-product Burgess still 19, it’s a safe prediction they will improve as they gain more experience.

Former Kangaroos full-back Matty Bowen picked out the pair as being the players who have really caught his eye since his arrival at the club this season.

He said: “Young Joe Burgess has been the stand-out, along with Dan Sarginson.

“Young Joe has come back from injury, he played well against Leeds and held his spot alongside Sarge.

“For me, it’s good playing alongside those young fellas, and they’re only going to keep getting better and better.”

Wigan have no game this weekend, a reward for their victory in the opening round of the play-offs.

After Warrington’s match at Castleford last night, they will now keep track of Catalan’s game at Huddersfield - before their attention turns to events off the field.

St Helens, who also have a home semi-final, have the post-game duty of making their ClubCall selection from this week’s two victors.

Wigan will host the other team next Friday at the DW Stadium.

“We’re not too fussed who we get,” said Sarginson. “There are two games to win the trophy, all the teams left in it are strong sides, so we know we’ll need to play well to get it.”

Wigan yesterday had a game scenario at training to try and replicate their usual routine.

Shaun Wane is giving the players the weekend off to spend with their families, before they return next week to continue their semi-final preparations.

And after three straight wins against heavyweight opposition – Leeds, Warrington and Huddersfield – Sarginson says the mood among the players is good.

“We’ve had some good wins and that’s left us confident,” he said. “We’ve been training as usual, we’ve not tended to play so well after a weekend with no game, so we’ve kept everything the same as if we had a game – doing the same gym sessions, putting in the same mileage.

“On top of that, everyone is keeping on top of any knocks they may have. We’re really confident leading into these last two days.

“In the last three games we’ve played well, we’re really happy with what we’ve got but we want silverware.”