SHAUN Wane is taking his Warriors into the Super 8s with a fresh wave of optimism following some fine tuning.
The Warriors boss faces an unwelcome blank weekend in the calendar as he aims to keep the momentum of last week’s 48-12 win over Hull rolling into the next phase of the season.
Warriors already know they will face trips to St Helens, Warrington and current league leaders Leeds in the Super 8s and host Castleford, Hull FC, Catalans and Huddersfield - though one of those will be in London.
But the dates of those fixtures will only be revealed tomorrow - and while fans will be organising early finishes from work and babysitters, Wane will be ensuring his players perfect small changes he has made to their game.
“We’re in good shape,” he told Wigan Today. “We just need to make sure we stay in this shape through the eights.”
On making slight adjustments to the way his side play, which bore fruit with a comprehensive display last week, Wane explained: “We did a lot of good habit things – things which we’ve been practicing in training - which I’ve changed and they’ve really, really bought into it.
We did a lot of good habit things – things which we’ve been practicing in training - which I’ve changed and they’ve really, really bought into itShaun Wane
“It’s felt a lot better.”
Meanwhile, Greg Burke will return to Wigan next term.
The 22-year-old forward is currently on a season-long loan at Hull KR, and the Robins had hopes of keeping him on a permanent deal.
Rovers coach Chris Chester said: “We did enquire about him for next year.
“I have spoken to Kris Radlinski a few times over the last few months and he will be going back to
Burke suffered an ankle injury while playing against his parent club in May but Chester has been impressed with his form since making his return.