Wigan coach Shaun Wane is expecting James Lowes to have prepared his Bradford side well for this weekend’s clash between the teams.
Although Bradford’s relegation from Super League was confirmed last week, Wane knows that Lowes will have his players fired up and playing for pride.
“I try to imagine how Jimmy Lowes would approach it,” said the Wigan coach.
“He will be saying to his players about finishing on a major positive and going into next year’s competition with a good attitude, having had a good finish in Super League.
“That will be my opinion, and, knowing Jimmy like I do I think he will have them very motivated. Obviously it’s one of the biggest games when we roll into Bradford, so I think it will be a different team from what played last week against Huddersfield.
“I’m expecting a lot stiffer performance, even though we’ve won this last few weeks, we’ve not been consistently good throughout 80 minutes and that’s what I’m pushing for.
“I want us to be consistent in our attack.”
The current plight of Bradford is something which saddens Wane, however. He thinks that the situation is down to poor management at the top levels of the club.
“When I was a player they were one of the main teams, and still are,” he said.
“They’re one of the oldest teams in rugby league, and have a lot of good people who I have a lot of respect for.
“It’s very sad what has happened. I don’t know the details of what’s gone on with the business over the last few years.
“It’s very sad what’s happened to them over the last few years, with people losing their jobs. But that’s sometimes professional sport.
“If you don’t manage it well, then things like this happen.”