LEE Mossop says Wigan are preparing to face a Warrington team which will “lift” for the derby showdown.
The Wolves battled to a 34-24 Challenge Cup victory against Leigh on Saturday - just five days before their Super League clash against the Warriors.
There’ll be two good packs going at each other, and we’ll take nothing for grantedLee Mossop
Their win came at a cost, with James Laithwaite joining a mounting injury list which includes captain Joel Monaghan.
By contrast, Wigan had no game last weekend and may welcome back Kiwi centre Anthony Gelling.
“We’d rather be in their shoes, and playing in the Challenge Cup,” said Mossop.
“The one and only positive for us is it gave us a chance to freshen up.
“There’ll be two good packs going at each other, and we’ll take nothing for granted.
“They’ve had a couple of tough games but I’m sure they’ll be up there.”
Warrington are seventh in the table but have registered a Super League double against Leeds, while Wigan edged a thriller 30-20 at the DW earlier this year.
Mossop added: “When our form has dipped, and we’ve come up against a Saints or a Warrington, we always lift - and I’m sure they’ll be no different.”
Iain Thornley made his long awaited return to action for Workington Town
yesterday in their 26-6 defeat at Sheffield Eagles.
The centre was making his first appearance since Wigan’s 24-10 defeat at Widnes last August, and is edging closer to his Warriors return.