Warrington prop Ashton Sims is well aware of just how much pride is at stake when the Wolves make the short journey to Wigan on Thursday evening.
The Warriors ended the Wolves’ play-off campaign last season at the semi-final stage, with a 16-12 win at the DW Stadium.
This will be the first time that the teams have met since then, and Sims, who joined the Wolves in the close season, is keen to give the fans something to cheer on this trip to Wigan.
“I had an old assistant coach at North Queensland Dave Furner who told me a lot about these games and he said had a couple of good ones back in the day,” Sims told his club’s official website.
“And watching last year’s semi final, I got up early back home in Australia to watch it, there was a lot of heartbreak for players and fans.
“There’s a good rich history there and it’s good to be a part of.”
Sims also has plenty of respect for Shaun Wane’s Wigan side, who played well to beat Catalans 34-0 last weekend.
“Wigan were ultra impressive against Catalans,” Sims added.
“They are a well coached team and have a great squad with a few players coming back this week as well which will strengthen them even more.
“We’ve done a lot of homework on them but it’s now about getting out there and doing what really matters and play well on the pitch.”