TONY Clubb has promised to “fire into” Huddersfield’s pack to ensure they aren’t bullied off the pitch tonight.
Coach Shaun Wane has put a huge emphasis on containing the Giants’ big forwards in front of the Sky Sports cameras.
And Clubb is happy to shoulder his share of responsibility by vowing to fight fire with fire at the DW Stadium.
The prop said: “We won’t shy away from them as forwards, they have some really good, really big lads – and in Eorl Crabtree probably one of the biggest.
“But we’ll fire into him and we’ll look to dominate them so it’s one of those things.”
Both sides are seeking their first win of the embryonic Super League campaign.
The Giants were nilled by Hull FC at home while the Warriors let a 16-0 lead slip, drawing 22-22 to 12-man Widnes.
“The first half was good but we let ourselves down,” said ex-London Broncos captain Clubb.
“We’re looking to put it right. We’ve trained hard and we want to beat Huddersfield to put us in good stead the following week and just to get a win.
“We’re looking just to get a win. Do what we do, play our plays and be convincing.”
Wigan face Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Series a week tomorrow, putting a greater emphasis on the quality of their performance tonight.
Huddersfield have registered Super League doubles over the Warriors for the past two years – though lost in consecutive play-offs series.
Wigan’s cause has not been helped by the suspension of Matty Smith for one game, while Taulima Tautai was expected to miss out with a minor hamstring problem.
Both should be back to face NRL opposition next week.
Warriors have sold more season tickets than at this stage 12 months ago and have arranged Chinese New Year-themed entertainment before kick-off to launch their home campaign.
Kick-off is 8pm and the game is live on Sky.