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Liam Marshall: Wigan Warriors need professional approach in Challenge Cup clash

Liam Marshall
Liam Marshall

Liam Marshall has described this weekend’s Challenge Cup quarter-final as a ‘one-off’ as he prepares for his second duel with Josh Charnley in three weeks.

Marshall scored a try and made a memorable break to set-up a try for George Williams the last time Wigan met Warrington in their 38-10 Magic Weekend win.

But the 22-year-old isn’t expecting to have everything his way again as the sides battle for a place in the last four of the Challenge Cup on Saturday.

“I take every week as it comes. Obviously the cup game is massive and a one-off,” said Marshall.

“We just have to see, it’s an exciting prospect though.”

Warrington beat Wigan 16-10 earlier this season, days after Wigan touched-down from their two-game tour of Australia in February, before Wigan ended Warrington’s winning run at Magic Weekend which had seen them climb to third in the Super League table.

“We’ve played them twice and it’s one win a piece but with a cup game it’s a one-off and we’ve seen it before where you’ll turn teams over one day and then they get a result in the cup and you can’t go back,” he explained.

“You may have a bit of confidence but you have to perform.”

Despite Marshall insisting their trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium will not be affected by the last meeting between the sides, he acknowledged Magic Weekend brought out the best in Wigan.

“We played probably as well as we have done all year and got a good result against a team that are flying,” he said.

“So we’re happy with that and we need to kick on and make sure we turn-up every week.”

But Wigan will be aiming to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Hull KR last Friday, and Saturday’s game will also be the first knock-out test coach Shaun Wane has

led his side into since announcing his end-of-season departure.

But Marshall has re-iterated the stance that emotion won’t play a part in how Wigan approach the game.

“I wouldn’t think so. Shaun’s been pretty abrupt that we’ll put to bed,” he said.

“It’s very professional from him and he doesn’t want any grey areas. It’s there and we’ve dealt with it.”

Saturday’s clash is a repeat of last season’s quarter-final which Wigan won 27-26 in nail-biting circumstances.

Marshall scored a try in the match which saw Declan Patton missed a late drop-goal attempt for Warrington which would have sent the match into golden point.