We still haven’t seen the best of us, insists Wane

Wigan's Anthony Gelling in action at Leeds
Wigan's Anthony Gelling in action at Leeds

SHAUN Wane believes fans are yet to see the finished article from his Wigan team.

They face Warrington tomorrow with a potential second-placed finish to the campaign up for grabs, and are the bookmakers’ favourites for Grand Final glory.

But Wane insists the Warriors have only scratched the surface of their full capabilities.

He said: “There’s a massive amount of improvement in us. A huge improvement.

“And the reason I’m so sure is we’ve done it for spells this season.

“But we’ve not been consistent this year, and we’ve not played well for full games – and that’s why I know there’s a lot more to come from us.”

As he strives for “complete” performances, Wane has shifted the emphasis onto the upcoming contests – which are all heavyweight tussles – and putting less focus on duties around the games.

“I’m not that bothered about training and I’m not that bothered about supplements,” he said. “What I am really bothered about is getting the absolute best for 80 minute on game-day.

“I want us understanding what we need to do. Our attitude has to be good.

“It’s about having the awareness and desire.”

Wigan are the bookmakers’ odds-on favourites to claim victory tomorrow, following their 21-6 thumping of Leeds last Friday night.

Wane was happy with that performance – but only to a point.

And he took aim at critics who had previously claimed rival sides have Wigan figured out.

“The tries weren’t from our structures – so people who say we don’t have a Plan B, we showed that we do,” he said.

“But there are still a lot of areas we need to get better at. The review was 80 per cent negative and 20 per cent positive.”

Anthony Gelling is expected to replace Jack Hughes in the only change to Wane’s line-up.

The Cook Islands centre complained of a fever last Friday but has recovered.

Scott Taylor has not been named in the 19-man squad after dropping out of favour, amid simmering speculation linking him with a move to Hull FC.

Warrington’s forward Ben Westwood misses the match with a calf injury.

Phil Bentham is referee.

Wigan’s 19-man squad: Bateman, Bowen, Burgess, Charnley, Clubb, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O’Loughlin, Pettybourne, Powell, Sarginson, Smith, Tomkins

Warrington’s 19-man squad: Asotasi, Atkins, Bridge, Currie, England, B Evans, R Evans, Harrison, Higham, Hill, Laithwaite, J Monaghan, M Monaghan, Myler, O’Brien, Ratchford, Waterhouse, Wood.