Wane seeking Giant payback

Shaun Wane at the Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants game at the DW Stadium, Wigan
Shaun Wane at the Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants game at the DW Stadium, Wigan

SHAUN Wane admits Wigan will be seeking revenge when they head to Huddersfield tonight (Friday).

The coach is still haunted by their 20-16 defeat by an under-strength Giants outfit at the DW in his first game in charge as head coach.

And he aims to exorcise those demons with a victory which would send his team two points clear at the top of the Super League table.

Wane said: “On the opening day we were beaten mentally, and it won’t happen again.

“That opening game is still with me, I’ve not forgotten that, and we are going there to avenge that.

“It is unfinished business – that day we weren’t mentally there. We had a good team but they wanted it more – that’s the worst type of defeat.

“We need to make sure there’s never that question mark about our toughness.” Huddersfield – currently level with Warriors on points at the top – have been among the pace-setters all season and Wane has not been surprised that they have maintained their good form.

“I’ve not been surprised about that one bit,” said Wane.

“I like the way they play. They’re skilful, they threaten on each play. They have players who would get into any Super League side, a big pack, good halves, strength out wide.

“They’re a quality team and we will be tested – but so will they.”

The winners of the Sky Sports-televised contest will go top of the ladder as the campaign crosses the half-way stage.

Wane said: “I’m going there to get the two points. I want to go two points ahead, and this is our opportunity.

“People don’t put much emphasis on who finishes the league as leaders but I do, it means a lot to me, because it shows you’ve been consistent.

“And I’m sure Nathan Brown feels the same way.”

Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium will stage the Challenge Cup semi-final between holders Wigan and last year’s finalists Leeds on Saturday, July 14.

The new 12,000-seater City of Salford Stadium is to host the otherlast-four tie between Warrington and Huddersfield the day after.

Both matches will be televised live on BBC2 and both kick off at 5.30pm.