MATTY Smith is confident Wigan fans will see the benefits of their weekend off.
The England No.7 – a former Lance Todd Trophy winner – stresses he would much rather be involved in Challenge Cup action this weekend.
If we improve the little things I’m sure we’ll go into the back end of the season confident and looking for another trophyMatty Smith
But with Wigan out of the competition, courtesy of a 16-12 loss to Hull KR in the previous round, they are using the extra time to polish their performances as Super League nears the Super-8s phase.
They have trained all week and will be back in on Sunday to prepare for their next match, at Warrington in front of the Sky cameras next Thursday.
Smith said: “We wanted to be in the Cup but we’re not, so we’ll have to take what advantage we can.
“We’re tweaking a few things. We’ve used this week as an improvement week, everyone is looking to improve certain areas – we’ve just done an hour and a half kicking session – and we’re getting stuck in.
“If we improve the little things I’m sure we’ll go into the back end of the season confident and looking for another trophy.”
Warrington’s preparation will contrast sharply with Wigan’s build-up – they face Championship side Leigh tomorrow, five days before Warriors visit the HJ Stadium. “They’re having a tough run at the minute and we want to keep them where they are, and for Leigh to get stuck into them,” said Smith.
“But we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves, we want to keep winning as well, and keep progressing up the ladder and that’s means we have to beat Warrington.”
Wigan, in third, are a point behind St Helens and trail leaders Leeds by two. There are four rounds before the season splits into the Super 8s, with home advantage of those additional fixtures favouring the teams which finish higher up.
“We want to finish 1st, that’s our focus,” added Smith. “We’d much rather be in the Cup but it’s been great to have the week off and recharge the batteries.”