SHAUN Wane insists he has no problem with the decision to switch Wigan’s home Challenge Cup game against Hull KR to Leigh.
The sixth-round tie - on Friday May 15 - has been moved to the Sports Village to allow “significant” pitch renovations at the DW Stadium. “I’m not bothered – it’s a pitch, and a good pitch at Leigh,” he said.
We played a semi-final at Leigh and won by 70-0 a couple of years ago, so we have no problems playing there. It’s a good groundShaun Wane
“I fully understand why it’s happened.
“When you share a ground you need to make sure you look after the surface and the work needs doing, there’s no doubt about that.
“We played a semi-final at Leigh and won by 70-0 a couple of years ago, so we have no problems playing there. It’s a good ground.” Each year, Wigan leave a month blank each season to allow ground work at the DW Stadium.
But chairman Ian Lenagan says he understood why a bigger window was needed this year after seeing how the pitch deteriorated over winter, with Latics and Warriors unhappy with the surface.
The move means Wigan’s home match against Castleford next Friday will be their last at the DW for six week. They then face Hull KR (at Leigh), Catalans, Leeds (at Newcastle Magic), Huddersfield and St Helens.
During that period, the old pitch and base will be removed, 220 tonnes of new sand and soil will be laid before a new pitch is seeded.
Warriors then return to try out the new and improved surface against Salford on Friday, June 19. Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “In previous years the stadium management and groundsmen have been able to reduce the amount of repair work to accommodate cup games at the start or end of their schedule.
“Unfortunately, as we witnessed earlier this year, the condition of the pitch deteriorated rapidly in February and requires major renovation in order to help prevent this happening in future years.”