Wane’s men ready for Rhinos

Shaun Wane with the league leaders' shield
Shaun Wane with the league leaders' shield

SHAUN Wane has labelled his players as “pumped” as they aim to clear the final hurdle on the road to Old Trafford.

The Warriors face Leeds in a mouth-watering semi-final at the DW Stadium tonight.

And with their Grand Ginal hopes hinging on this 80 minutes tonight, the coach is confident his players will do themselves justice.

He said: “Everyone is pumped, we’re excited, we can’t wait for kick-off.

“As players and coaches, these are the games you want to be involved in.

“The quality of the sessions has been fantastic, the senior players have really led the way – I can’t wait for it to start.”

Meanwhile, Wane last night refused to wade into a war of words with Leeds after Brian McDermott and captain Kevin Sinfield criticised him for calling on the RFL judiciary to suspend Danny McGuire.

The stand-off was subsequently hit with a one-match ban for a high shot against Catalan.

After Sinfield labelled Wane’s remarks in the media before the hearing as “pretty poor”, the coach said he stood by his comments – made in reference to Mike McIlorum’s three-match ban for a similar offence – and said he had “no dramas” with the reaction it provoked from the Rhinos camp.

Kick-off is 8pm and the game is live on Sky Sports.