Wolves clash has extra spice - Wane

Sean O'Loughlin in action in the World Club Challenge
Sean O'Loughlin in action in the World Club Challenge

SHAUN Wane expects this week’s Grand Final rematch with Warrington to have extra spice after Tony Smith helped Sydney Roosters prepare for the World Club Challenge.

As first reported in the Evening Post, the Wolves emulated Wigan’s style during opposed sessions with the NRL champions during pre-season training in Australia.

Wolves coach Tony Smith has been unapologetic and said he had “no qualms” about his decision – and Wane admits it would make victory in Thursday’s mouthwatering showdown “even sweeter”.

“We’ve got our own motivations, after what happened with the World Club Challenge... so it’s going to be a spicy affair,” said the straight-talking Warriors boss.

“I’ve a good memory. It won’t interfere with our preparations, but if we can get the victory it would make it sweeter.”

The two coaches haven’t spoken since the World Club Challenge, which Wigan lost 36-14.

“I’ve not fallen out with anyone, he’s a good bloke Tony, he makes his choices, I make mine,” added Wane.

“But I would never have done it. I wouldn’t have done it. It was disappointing.

“That game was the NRL against Super League – I understand he’s Australian and he has friends over there, and it’s his choice.

“Each to their own.”

Captain Sean O’Loughlin trained with the rest of the Wigan squad yesterday, and Wane will make a decision today whether he will face the Wolves.

He missed last Friday’s 34-20 victory against Hull KR with a nerve problem in his shoulder.

“He’s very doubtful, I’m leaning towards not playing him,” said Wane.

Gil Dudson and Tony Clubb may come back into the mix when he names his 19-man squad today.