Venue holds no fear for Hansen

Harison Hansen in action against Catalans
Harison Hansen in action against Catalans

CONFIDENT Harrison Hansen is plotting a home-wrecking mission this weekend – admitting the Wigan players enjoy playing at Widnes.

The Warriors take on St Helens this Saturday with a place in the Grand Final up for grabs.

Saints earned the right to stage a home semi-final because of their play-off victory in week one.

But they have been using Widnes’ ground this year until work on their new stadium is completed.

And Hansen says Wigan are not intimidated by the prospect of playing at the Stobart Stadium, which has been a happy hunting ground for the Warriors in the past.

With Wigan fans rushing to snap up their initial allocation of tickets and with a second batch set to sell-out today, this Saturday’s derby may have more of a feel of a neutral venue, rather than the lion’s den of previous trips to the old Knowsley Road. Three of Saints’ seven Super League losses came at the Stobart Stadium this year and Hansen said: “We actually enjoy playing at Widnes.

“We’ve had some good results there in the past, so we don’t mind going there.

“It’s whoever turns up on the day but we’re all looking forward to it.”

Wigan toppled Saints 32-10 at Widnes earlier this year and are familiar with the venue, having used it as their own temporary home for a play-off win against Bradford in 2008.

In total, the Warriors have won eight of their 10 fixtures at the Stobart since Hansen burst into the first-team in 2004.