Wane wants fear factor at DW Stadium

Jack Hughes in action at the DW against Cas
Jack Hughes in action at the DW against Cas

SHAUN Wane wants the DW Stadium to develop a fear factor – and reckons Wigan’s ground is too nice for visiting teams.

The Warriors played the first of three successive home matches last Friday, going down to Castleford 18-4.

This week’s match against Bradford is followed by a crunch Challenge Cup quarter-final date with Widnes, and Wane said: “We want to make the DW a fortress and an intimidating place to come, and at the minute it’s not that.

“It’s quite a nice place to come, nice changing rooms, nice surface.

“The crowd was quiet last week because we lost... it’s just not an intimidating atmosphere and I would like it to be.

“You go to Warrington and it’s not nice because of the intimidation and the crowd is vocal.”

Asked was he urging fans to be louder, Wane replied: “No, I’m just stating a fact. If they want to do it, it’s up to them.”

Wane will name his 19-man squad today ahead of Friday’s visit of Bradford.

If Ben Flower or Lee Mossop return, then Andy Powell could drop out of the frame and gain further league experience for either Leigh or South Wales on a dual-registration.

The former Wales No.8 made his league debut last Friday.

Wane welcomes Powell’s enthusiasm, but said: “He’s bashing people in training but with the injuries we’ve got I’m going against the grain, saying ‘chill out a bit’.

“I can’t afford any more injuries. I’m speaking to our physio more than my wife right now!”