DENIS Betts has backed Shaun Wane’s men to make history this weekend – and says it would be “foolish” to write them off.
The rugby league legend was a member of the last Wigan side which won the World Club Challenge in 1994.
Their chances of winning the trophy Down Under were largely written off – but they rocked Brisbane Broncos with a 20-14 win in front of 54,000 stunned Queenslanders.
Wigan go into Saturday’s showdown against Sydney Roosters as huge underdogs, with bookmakers offering odds of more than 6/1 on a win for the Cherry and Whites.
The Roosters have a star-studded squad led by Kiwi forward Sonny Bill Williams.
But Widnes coach Betts believes they can draw on history – from 20 years ago, and more recently – and pull off the win.
“You’d have to think that Wigan, especially Wigan under Shaun Wane, have got a good chance,” he said. “They lost a lot of players last year, people wrote them off and they won the double. So you’d be foolish to think their mentality is not going to be strong.
“Things are going to have to go their way and it’s going to be hard, but you know they’ll be prepared and you know they’ll have a dig. You’d be foolish to think any different if this Wigan side under Shaun.”
Wigan trained at Souths’ Redfern facility again yesterday, this time without the Rabbitohs players present. The players have been given today off, with a final run-through tomorrow at Allianz Stadium.