Wane: We need momentum ahead of semi final

Wigan coach Shaun Wane wants his side to develop momentum ahead of the Challenge Cup semi final against Leeds.

Wane’s side face Leeds at the Galpharm Stadium on July 14, and despite Leeds’ poor form in recent weeks the Wigan coach does not want to limp into the semi final match.

He said: “We have three fixtures before the semi-final of the Challenge Cup which is one game I am desperate to win.

“I want to go into that game in a good frame of mind. At the moment we are playing really well in our attack and in our defence.

“We have all had a few days off, a line has been drawn, and we have had some great results in some important games. We now face some more crucial games in the weeks to come starting on Monday.”

The Warriors face Widnes at the DW Stadium on Monday night, against the team they lost to at the Stobart Stadium earlier this season.

Wigan lost to a Lloyd White drop goal despite achieving a 36-18 lead, to lose 37-36. However Sam Tomkins, Sean O’Loughlin and Thomas Leuluai were all rested while Wane handed debuts to four youngsters on that day.

Wane says his side are out for revenge at home.

He said: “Widnes well deserved their win earlier in the season, we weren’t at our best that day. The players have already spoke about it, we are keen for revenge from that loss that really hurt us.

“The one thing we have here is a team of mentally tough people and we have spoken about what happened to us that day and we want to fix it up. If we perform well and we are mentally there then we will do OK .”

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