Wane’s chasing momentum heading into Super 8s

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

SHAUN Wane insists his mindset has not altered by the slim prospects of climbing the table before the Super 8s begin.

Wigan travel to Hull FC tomorrow night for their last game before the Super League campaign splits.

Home advantage of the Super-8s fixtures is stacked to favour those who finish higher up the ladder.

Wane, who was desperate to climb the ladder to ease their path towards the play-offs, has overseen back-to-back victories over Leeds and Widnes in the last fortnight.

They are only a point behind second-placed St Helens but, with Keiron Cunningham’s men facing Hull KR on Friday, it seems unlikely the Warriors will climb the ladder ahead of the new phase.

Wane, though, says momentum is just as important as league position and isn’t stressed about whether his side finish the 23-rounds in second or third place. He said: “We want to go into the Super 8s in a good manner, with good form behind us.

“I’m glad we’ve got this fixture because Hull away was always going to be a tough game for us.

“I want to finish this (stage) of the season with some good tempo behind us, and we need to perform well at a tough place.

“That’s the way I look at it – we finish where we finish, get who we get and we’ll just have to get on with it.”

As it stands, Wigan will have four home games in the Super 8s, against Huddersfield, Castleford, Catalans and Hull FC – though they plan on taking one of those games to London. They will also have away games at Leeds, St Helens and Warrington.

Wane has taken no risk with his provisional squad, recalling Australian full-back Matty Bowen and including all of his fit front-line stars.

Ryan Hampshire, who filled in for the rested Bowen against Widnes, is also in the 19-man squad.

Centre Dan Sarginson is still missing due to a hamstring injury. Hull FC are without captain Gareth Ellis and stand-off Leon Pryce. They both picked up injuries in last weekend’s derby win against Hull KR.

Hull FC 19-man squad: Abdull, Bowden, Fash, Green, Hadley, Houghton, Lineham, Logan, Michaels, Minichiello, Paea, Rankin, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Thompson, Watts, Westerman, Whiting.

Wigan 19-man squad: Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Hampshire, McIlorum, Mossop, O’Loughlin, Powell, Smith, Sutton, Tautai, J Tomkins, Williams.