Maguire: We’re world leaders

Gareth Hock charges for the line'Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Gareth Hock charges for the line'Wigan Warriors v Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

MICHAEL Maguire expects fireworks to fly tomorrow afternoon – between two of the best teams in the rugby league world.

The Warriors boss reckons his side and their Challenge Cup quarter-final opponents Warrington are as good as any team in the NRL.

While the standard of the NRL is generally considered to be higher than Super League, Maguire has no doubts these two English heavyweights would be mixing it among high-flying Australian outfits Melbourne, Manly and Brisbane if they were competing Down Under.

He said: “I think Wigan and Warrington would be mixing with the top NRL teams.

“It’s tricky to say because we’re in different competitions, but with the quality of both the teams we’re definitely capable of going pretty well in the NRL.”

Super League champions Wigan have won their last seven sides and are top of the ladder.But free-scoring Warrington are just one point behind and the sudden-death duel between the two form teams in England has captured fans’ imagination across the country.

Tickets sold out with days to go and with the game being broadcast by the BBC, sports- lovers across the country will be tuning in to see who will be progressing to the semi-final stage – and who will be dumped out of the competition.

Maguire said: “It’s the top of the Super League ladder playing against each other so it makes for a great game.

“Warrington have got quality across the park and they’ve been scoring a lot of tries which makes every single player a threat.

“It’s a matter just making sure that we’re ready for everything that they’re going to be throwing at us.

“The players need to be doing everything they can and know exactly what we’re going to do.”