Wane respects Wire rivals

Wigan coach Shaun Wane says he has the uptmost respect for Warrington and its players but he still wants his side to “smash them” on Saturday.

Wigan and Warrington will do battle for the 2016 Super League crown.

Wane said he has always had respect for Warrington.

“I’ve coached Stefan [Ratchford] and Matty [Russeli], know Chris [Hill] really well,” he told Love Rugby League.

“Because of the nature of the sport all the coaches look after each other and when Paul Anderson got sacked me and Tony were ringing him and inviting him down to our club and keep his hands in it with us.

“We’re just looking after each other so it’s a very close knit community.

“On Saturday we want to win, I want my players to smash them and Tony will be thinking the same but off the field I’ve always had respect for them.

“They’re good players, good lads but to make it more enjoyable I’d like to get the win.”

Wane has outlined the threats the Wolves will pose at Old Trafford.

“Stef in at dummy half running, you’ve got two good halves that can play,” he said.

“Dec Patton’s playing really well so they play a high energy game, really quick when they play the ball and they’re very hard to handle.

“They’ve scored a few tries against us, we’ve scored a few against them.

“I think what your going to get on Saturday is a real physical battle where two teams are ripping each other defensively but you’ve [alsp] got two teams that are going to play.

“it’ll be a top game this weekend.”

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