Wane eager to prove a point
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane knows that victory over Castleford Tigers on Sunday will be crucial to their hopes of earning a spot in the top four.
The Warriors have enjoyed a good run of form in recent weeks to force their way into the reckoning for a play-off semi-final place, and a win over Castleford at the DW Stadium will move them a step closer to achieving their goal.
But Wane insists that there's more at stake than just the two points, as his side aim to prove their mettle following two indifferent performances against the League Leaders Shield winners already this season.
"The game against Castleford, from our perspective, is about far more than just the two points. They were by far the better team when we played them last, and they've won both games fair and square," said Wane, whose team were beaten by Hull FC in the Challenge Cup Final last month.
"They have not seen the best of us and that's what we're determined to show, that we are better than they've seen from us this year. It's been a long time since we played them and we've developed in that time.
"We had our injury problems last time and a few key senior personnel missing from our ranks, but now we're a different side, we've got that grit and desire - and we need to go out and show that."
This week's round of Super 8s matches begins on Thursday, when Hull FC face Wakefield Trinity.
Hull are 4.50 to win next month's Grand Final, while Castleford can be backed at 1.53, Wakefield at 501.00 and Wigan at 501.00.
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