Wigan Warriors coach Matt Peet says his side ‘have to anticipate’ that they are going to face a reaction from Huddersfield Giants on Friday night.
The Giants will be looking to bounce back from a 54-0 hammering at the hands of Leeds Rhinos at Headingley last week.
Huddersfield are currently 10th in the Super League table, having won just five from 15 so far this season.
But Peet believes it is only a matter of time before ‘it clicks’ for Huddersfield and they have a change in fortunes.
“We have to anticipate that we are going to face a reaction,” Peet said in his weekly press conference ahead of Friday’s game.
“(They are a) proud club, proud group of players, super talented as everyone knows.
“They recruit at the top end of the market and they’ve got strength in depth as well as an excellent coach who will be very determined, so we have to prepare for the best of Huddersfield and I do think we’ll face a much improved outfit and we’re expecting nothing less.
“We’ve had enough tight games with Huddersfield over the last few years to know what they’re capable of, including this year where it was a 50-50 game.
“We’re very aware of what we will face this week and anything less than our best approach to the game will not be tolerated.”
‘We have to be at our best’ – Wigan Warriors boss
Peet says Huddersfield will find a run of form sooner or latter, so his side will need to be at their best to come away with the two points on Friday night.
“They had a spell of performing well and lost a few 50-50 games, including against us where it was a very close game,” Peet added. “We managed to nick it on the evening, they had similar games against a few other of the top teams.
“Since then, just a combination of injuries and not quite finding their best form but they are going to click at some point as I think everyone knows so we have to be at our best at the weekend.
“I think everyone in the game is confident that Huddersfield will find a run of form at some point, they’ve got too much class on and off the field for that not to happen.”
The Warriors welcome the Giants to the DW Stadium on Friday night, 8pm kick-off.