Wigan coach Shaun Wane believes that toughness will be key to claiming victory in this week’s clash between the Warriors and local rivals St Helens.
Wane’s team travel to Langtree Park on Friday evening, and the coach admits that his players’ motivation levels have improved after their somewhat flat display against Hull FC.
“It is easy getting them [the players] up for this game,” he told his club’s official website.
“We have had three video meetings already with individuals and the players are ready and prepared, there is a different look about them – they know it is a St Helens game week.
“The respect between the clubs when it kicks off is full on with both sides standing toe to toe and wanting to go at it, the toughest team will win.”
Wane thinks that St Helens look like they have improved significantly in their last couple of outings.
“I thought Saints improved in the game against Leeds and the game before that,” he said.
“They dipped below their standards, but the form goes out of the window when it comes to a Wigan and Saints derby.
“It doesn’t matter who is and who isn’t playing well because everybody turns up. All of the players know what it means.”