Wane is ready for a tough encounter

Leon Pryce
Leon Pryce

SHAUN Wane admits Wigan’s trip to the south of France to face Catalan Dragons this weekend will be a huge challenge.

The Dragons have only been beaten once at home this year, and Wane knows that former St Helens star Leon Pryce will be a tough man to keep quiet.

“They’ve got some big bodies who run a bit harder and Leon Pryce is playing out of his skin,” said Wane. “He’s in good form so we need to make sure we aim up and defend tough.”

Wigan currently lie third, two points adrift of St Helens at the top of the table. Catalan lie in seventh, looking over their shoulders in the fight for a play-off place. And the Warriors boss insists this is a weekend where teams ‘need to win’, and that ‘pressure is on everybody.’

Saturday’s game in Perpignan kicks off at 9pm local time (Sky Sports 2, 7.55pm UK time) and, although it may be cool, Wane insists the players have to be ready both mentally and physically.

“Hopefully it’s cooled down a bit,” he added. “But even if it’s red-hot the players, for 80 minutes, are going to have to go through it and show me what it means to them to get two points and get us a win.”