Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane puts Challenge Cup focus on players

Shaun Wane
Shaun Wane

Shaun Wane has moved to shift focus away from himself as his Warriors players aim for a Challenge Cup semi-final place on Saturday.

Wigan face Warrington in the last eight of the competition, and it is Wane’s last chance to reach Wembley before he departs at the end of the season.

“It’s more about making sure it’s right for the players,” he said.

“I’ll make sure the players know how to win the game and it’s a must-win like any other.”

And while Wane admits Warrington may find some motivation from last season’s quarter-final loss to Wigan, he insists the rivalry between the sides will be enough on its own to fire them up.

“Last year could possibly influence them but it’s Wigan and Warrington, it won’t need much mentioning,” he said. “Anything can happen.”

Following Saturday’s Cup clash, Wigan’s focus must quickly switch back to their Super League campaign as they head into their final eight games before the campaign splits for the Super 8s phase.

But with Wigan aiming to finish top and facing home clashes against Leeds, Warrington and St Helens, Wane says he isn’t looking to much to the horizon.

“We’re not looking too far ahead we’re just going to aim as high as we possibly can,” he added.