Strong start vital to Super 8s campaign, says Winder

John Winder
John Winder

WARRIORS assistant coach John Winder says a big start is vitally important to their Super 8s campaign.

Warriors face Huddersfield at the DW Stadium on Thursday night before facing two away games on the bounce - at Leeds and Warrington.

I don’t think the focus changes but you can’t really take much into account from result

John Winder

Winder fulfilled media duties yesterday in the absence of head coach Shaun Wane, whose brother passed away at the weekend.

The assistant said: “We have to worry about Thursday night and starting this competition on the right foot and starting it in the right manner with a good display.

“It’s a big week – it’s the start of a new competition and we’re looking forward to it.”

Warriors are preparing for their first game since beating Hull FC in the last round of the regular season last month, and although they suffered the disappointment of being knocked-out of the Challenge Cup early on, Winder says the weekend without a game has come with its advantages.

“We had the opportunity to put some more quality and detialled work into them and you don’t always have that luxury going from game to game,” he explained.

“We got some really good work into them and obviously then started preparations for Huddersfield this week.”

Warriors have already beaten Huddersfield twice this season, and would open up a five-point gap on the Giants with a win on Thursday.

But Winder has warned past results will count for little going into the Super 8s, and despite teams taking league points accumulated so far into the past seven games describes the race to the top-four play-offs as a fresh start.

“I don’t think the focus changes but you can’t really take much into account from results,” he said.

“It’s a new competition and everyone will be going into this eight weeks with a clean slate.”

Winder also reported no ‘major concerns’ in terms of injuries ahead of the game, with Larne Patrick expected to be available.

“There are no major concerns, we’re pretty much where we were before the break. We have a decent healthy squad and competition for places is a good thing,” he said.

“Larne’s been good for us and I’m sure he’ll be excited going into the week.”

Jack Hughes, on loan from Wigan to Huddersfield, is available to face his parent club on Thursday.