Wane expects his wounded Warriors to tame Wildcats

Shaun Wane faces the press
Shaun Wane faces the press

SHAUN Wane may be resting many of his World Club Challenge squad for Sunday’s visit of Wakefield, but the Warriors boss fully expects his side to clock-up their first competitive win of the year.

Richard Agar’s side have lost their opening two Super League fixtures, 18-14 to Salford and 23-10 at home to Bradford last weekend, and have only ever won twice at the DW Stadium.

But the Wildcats’ unenviable record, coupled with their well-documented financial problems in the close-season, do not provide Wigan with a right to win according to Wane.

The Wigan boss said: “Everyone who plays on Sunday will be really competitive – we won’t be going into the game in any way over-confident.

“We need to earn the right to win the game and we know what we need to do.”

Wakefield finished 11th last season, 14 points behind Grand Final winners Wigan but Wane still kept an eye on his next league opponents when Wigan were Down Under to ensure he can fully prepare the Warriors.

“I watched the Bradford game. They have some good players and Richard is a good coach,” he said.

“If we don’t turn up with our best game we’ll get burned so we need a good attitude.”

Despite resting many of his top stars following last week’s defeat in Sydney, Wane has hinted not everyone will be given a week off match duty, and believes the team he plans to put out will be capable of winning.

He continued: “The ones who didn’t play against the Roosters will be playing and a few of the front rowers who played will be playing.

“It will be a very, very good team and I’ll be expecting the win.”

Meanwhile, Wane also revealed he should know today how long USA international Eddy Pettybourne will be out through injury.

The former Wests Tigers prop left the field with a bicep injury in the World Club Challenge defeat and had the injury scanned on Tuesday.

l Roosters’ Chief Executive Brian Canavan has revealed the mix-up leading to no programme being produced for the World Club Challenge was the responsibilty of the NRL.

Canavan also said more needed to be done to maximise the event after it generated impressive public interest. Still, the Roosters’ prize money for beating Wigan was just $42,500AUS – in contrast, North Queensland Cowboys landed $370,000 for winning the Auckland Nines.