Wane looking forward to cup clash

The Warriors will be fired up to face Leigh in the Challenge Cup
The Warriors will be fired up to face Leigh in the Challenge Cup

SHAUNE Wane believes there will be plenty of spice when Paul Rowley brings his Leigh outfit to the DW Stadium on the weekend of April 19.

He said: “It’s a good draw. They are a talented team and they have a lot of good people involved in Leigh, I have a lot of time for them.

“They are well-coached and we won’t under-estimate them.

“We’ve played Leigh in friendlies a few times over the years but there’s a different intensity when it’s a competitive match.

“I remember the derbies against Leigh, it always has that spice, and there is a lot of history at that club.

“They will be coming here to have a real good go at us. So we’ll be prepared.

“Hopefully we get a good crowd which, financially, will be a boost for them as well.”

The draw against Leigh came just weeks after a link-up with the Championship club was announced to benefit the younger players. Wane – who said no Wigan players will be allowed to play against their parent-club in this tie – added: “I know how they operate, we have some close dealings with Leigh.

“Paul is a good coach, and they have some good ex-Wigan players in their squad – Bob Beswick for one – and they’ll need no motivating.”

Ticket details and a date for the game hadn’t been confirmed by last night.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin, who is expected to return from injury to face Bradford this Sunday in Super League, added: “I think all Super League clubs like to avoid other top-flight teams first up and we’ve done that, but of the Championship teams we’ve probably got one of the strongest teams.

“They’ll want to prove a point.”