Smith: We need to shut down maverick Sandow

Matty Smith
Matty Smith

MATTY Smith admits Wigan will need to put the shackles on Warrington’s “maverick” recruit.

Chris Sandow will be under the spotlight tomorrow night when he makes his home debut for the Wolves.

The high-profile Australian arrived earlier this month and Smith knows his opposite number will be keen to make his mark.

“I’ve watched him play a lot of times in the NRL, and he’s a great player,” said the England No.7. “

“He’s a maverick who can come up with something out of nothing.

“We’ve seen glimpses of that in the two games he’s played already, he’s been on the wrong end of the results (with losses at Leeds and Castleford) and they’ll want to change that - and we’re ready for that.”

Warrington are marketing the game with a video showing Sandow declaring he is “now ready to smash some pies.”

The cheeky promo ends with the 26-year-old crushing two pies in his hands.

It had been seen nearly 10,000 views on YouTube by yesterday - and many of those hits have come from the Warriors training ground.

“The players have seen it about 12 times,” said a stony-faced Shaun Wane, when asked his opinion of it.

“If they want to have a joke about it, great. But we’ll have a chat about it after the game.”

Wane is more concerned with ensuring they keep Sandow on a tight leash in a game the Wolves must win to keep their faint play-offs hopes alive.

“He’s a talented player, with qualities and deficiencies, and we’ve shown those to the players,” added Wane.

Wolves’ form has been shaky. They beat Wigan 17-6 just a month ago, but have lost their last three matches to slide out of the reckoning. They are six points off fourth-spot.

“They’re in a bit of poor form but every time we’ve played them they’ve given us a really good game,” added Smith. “And the last chance we went there, they hammered us.”

Meanwhile, Smith says the players are enjoying having former favourite Thomas Leuluai around the club.

The Kiwi - who left in 2012 after six seasons - is back in the country and is continuing his rehab from a season-ending knee injury at Wigan’s training base in Orrell.

“He’s a legend of the club, he was there my first year and helped me a hell of a lot,” added Smith. “Just to have him around the place is great.”