Wane taking no chances

Wigan's Tony Clubb celebrates his first-half try against Huddersfield
Wigan's Tony Clubb celebrates his first-half try against Huddersfield

SHAUN Wane has spent the weekend trawling over statistics and GPS data to try and ensure Wigan’s Grand Final push remains on track.

The Warriors have a blank weekend coming up, giving them extra time to prepare for their semi-finals the following week.

Wane has previously acknowledged his players have not handled breaks too well.

And with a place at Old Trafford just 80 minutes away, he has taken no chances with their preparations over the next two weeks.

He is using sports science as well as his intuition and experience – players often train and play with GPS devices strapped to their back, telling coaches how far they have run.

Wane said: “We’ve had a good look at past years and the times when we’ve been successful and times when we’ve not, to see what we can learn.

“We’ve looked at the GPS figures and the length of the training sessions, things like that, to make sure we get it right.

“We’ve decided not to go away – we’re staying local – and we’re going to get some real quality sessions into the players, they can have a weekend off with their families, and then we’re into it – we’ll be fresh and ready to go.”

Wigan booked their place in the semi-finals with last Thursday’s crushing 57-4 victory over Huddersfield.

The following night, St Helens also secured their place in the last four - and took the dubious advantage of the ‘ClubCall’ – by sweeping past Castleford, though Saturday’s encounters were tighter affairs.

Warrington came from behind to beat Widnes 22-19, while Leeds were stunned 24-20 by Catalan.