Shaun Wane expects sparks to fly in Cup contest

Liam Farrell is set to return to the team after 'being named in Warriors' 19-man squad
Liam Farrell is set to return to the team after 'being named in Warriors' 19-man squad

SHAUN Wane expects sparks to fly tomorrow night after revealing his Wigan players have been “upset” by comments from the Hull KR camp.

The coach believes their Challenge Cup opponents have stoked the embers ahead of the televised-showdown at Leigh Sports Village.

Since that loss, they’re talking the talk about how it’s going to be a different game - and now it’s up to us to make it the same game

Shaun Wane

Warriors ran out 60-0 winners in a Super League meeting less than two weeks ago and, perhaps predictably, the Robins are promising their fans an improved display.

But talk of revenge has not gone unnoticed in the Wigan camp.

And Wane said: “Some of the comments made have upset our players and we’re going into the game with a fire in our bellies.

“Since that loss, they’re talking the talk about how it’s going to be a different game - and now it’s up to us to make it the same game.”

Hull KR were missing Terry Campese and Josh Mantellato against Wigan, but had the key Australian duo back last weekend as they eased past cellar-dwellers Wakefield by 54-6.

Wane expects Chris Chester’s side to adapt an adventurous approach to try and combat Wigan’s fierce defence, which has registered three clean-sheets in the past month.

“I think they’ll throw the ball around a bit more, they’ll chance their arm as our defence has been quite good,” he said.

“I looked at them when they played against Wakefield and they were playing a lot more in their own end and taking a few risks and I think that’s the plan against us.”

This is not the first time Wigan have locked onto comments from opponents and used them as motivation.