When Shaun Wane’s players leave the dressing room to take on Hull FC tonight, a simple message will be ringing in their ears – ‘make sure they see the best of us.’
With two losses in Super League from their last two games, including an attacking display last week against St Helens which disappointed both the Warriors coach and fans, Wane is adamant improvement is necessary to reach Wembley. But despite needing to find an extra gear, as well as deal with being seven front line stars down, Wane is confident Wigan can do enough to book their place in the Cup Final.
“Make sure they see the best of us, in both defence and attack,” he told the Evening Post when asked when his final pre-match message would be,
“If we do that we’ll have a great chance of winning the game.”
Despite insisting not much has changed this week in terms of preparation, Wane admits the prize at the end of the road will motivate his players on the pitch.
A unique mix of players who’ve won the Cup, players with family history in the competition and those who have never experienced Wembley ensure the make-up of the squad is unique.
And Wane says Warrirors can use that mixture to their advantage tonight.
“We’re like no other Super League club and that’s quite special really,” he said.
“I’m trying to drill that into the players available, because we’ve missed about six players this week.
“It doesn’t come any bigger, so the players will motivated, ready and feeling good for this game and I’m looking forward to it.
“We bring past Wigan players in to speak to the squad and explain what it meant to them to win the Challenge Cup.
“We keep telling our players of the prize at the end, because some of our players have never won a Challenge Cup at Wembley, but the hunger is there.
“At the end of the day, it’s 80 minutes of rugby. If we want it more than Hull we’ll win the game.”