Sam Tomkins believes some Super League teams have been in awe of their NRL opponents in the past but that won’t be a problem for Wigan this weekend.
Tomkins’ Warriors take on Cronulla at the DW Stadium on Sunday. The fullback will miss the game with injury.
Tomkin said Wigan are “massively” up for the World Club Challenge.
“It’s a big occasion,” he told Sky Sports News.
“This one is huge for us. We’ll go into the game as underdogs but deservedly so. Cronulla are a good side but the boys are ready to go now.”
Wigan have lost their past four fixtures against NRL clubs in the World Club Series. Leeds and St Helens were also both beaten in 2016, while Warrington and Saints suffered losses in 2015
Tomkins said Super League teams have afforded their antipodean rivals too much respect previously.
“The NRL sides play in a real tough competition,” he said.
“I think sometimes when they do come over here Super League teams are a bit too much in awe of the NRL teams.
“They sort of take a stand back and expect to be beaten sometimes. I think that’s what we’ve seen before.”