Wane wants white-hot Warriors

Logan Tomkins is suspended for the cup clash
Logan Tomkins is suspended for the cup clash

SHAUN Wane is banking on the lure of Wembley to deliver a trademark white-hot performance against Widnes.

The Warriors are just 160 minutes away from a return to the stadium where they won Challenge Cup glory in 2011.

First up is a quarter-final tie against Widnes at the DW Stadium on Monday as the north west rivals battle for a place in the last four less than two weeks later.

Wigan trampled over allcomers as they notched up a 13-game winning run, which came to a halt at Warrington last month.

That was followed by a shock defeat to Castleford, and though they beat Bradford on Friday they needed to come from behind to claim the two points.

In total, Wigan have scored just one try in their last three opening halves of action.

Wane has put their dip in form down to attitude, and reckons Monday’s Sky-televised Cup tie with Widnes is the perfect opportunity to rediscover their familiar ruthless streak.

He said: “This is the Challenge Cup, it’s win at all costs.

“But if our performance is good we will give ourselves a great chance to get the result, so the two go hand in hand.

“The important thing is we win and progress in this competition.

“We are preparing really well for this, and working hard to make sure we know everything about Widnes.

“We trust our systems and if we do that, we’ll score points. Widnes can score points to, they have quality in their side, and stopping them from doing so is about the mental attitude of the players.

“It all starts and ends with 80 minutes, and if the players perform and if they do what they train for, they’ll give themselves a great chance to win the game.”

Asked whether he need to hammer home the importance of the next three weeks, Wane replied: “The players know, they’re all well aware it’s an important period.

“We’ve had a chat about it and they’ll all on board. As coaching staff, we make sure all the protocols are covered.”

Wane will have a better idea later this week whether Lee Mossop, Sam Tomkins and Sean O’Loughlin will be fit to return.

Centre Darrell Goulding is also back.

But he will be without hooker Logan Tomkins after he was suspended for one match.

He had considered facing last night’s RFL judiciary to contest a charge of a Grade B dangerous contact with Bradford’s Michael Platt during last Friday’s game.

But, had Wigan lost, Tomkins could have been hit with a two-game ban and – given their is a Super League derby at St Helens the following week – decided not to take the risk. Tomkins’ ban is likely to provide an opportunity for Sam Powell to come into the frame.