Wigan coach Shaun Wane is determined that his team will “show Hull KR the respect they deserve,” when his team travel to East Yorkshire this Thursday evening.
Wane feels that the Rovers are in reasonable form, but will raise their game by another level for the visit of the Warriors.
“They’re in quite good form, but no matter what happens with Hull KR, when we’re in town they seem to play a lot better,” he said.
“We’ve been burned by that at Bradford and Wakefield this year, so that won’t happen again, I hope.
“When we’re at Hull KR, it’s a very difficult place to go, with the changing rooms and the way the pitch is – it’s quite open.
“There’s a few mental battles to go on, but I’m sure we’re over that now, and we’ll get a real complete performance.
“They’ll be having a dig at us, and we’ll be having a dig at them. We want to win this game, and we want to hopefully win the League Leaders Shield.
“St Helens have lost their halves, and there’s a chance that they’ll slip up before the end of the year, so it’s in our control.
“We just want to make sure that we go there and perform really well, going into some really big games before the play-offs.”
The Warriors have introduced a little variation into training ahead of the trip to the Robins, with the players enjoying some martial arts training.
“We had a change of scenery,” Wane added.
“We went to an MMA gym in Rochdale, and got some good things done there, so we’ve taken the lads away from Orrell.
“We got some really good work into them this week.”
One man who will be in the Wigan 17 is Joel Tomkins, who made an eagerly awaited return from rugby union by playing against Salford last week.
“He was a little bit sore after the game, but he’s back into it now,” he added.
“He’s ready for wrestle and contact again, and he will play on Thursday.”