WIGAN Warriors head coach Shaun Wane has complimented Wakefield Trinity Wildcats saying they are playing a “great brand” of rugby league.
He acknowledges his own side could become the rejuvenated West Yorkshire club’s fourth successive victims tomorrow.
Wakefield have been transformed since former Wigan player Chris Chester took control last month.
“They have great form, good individuals and are playing a great brand,” admitted Wane, about a club that finished bottom of Super League last term.
“It’s going to be a big ask; they’re bang in form, we’re on the back of a poor loss and we’re busted on numbers.
“It’s a good character game and I will see what my players are made of.
“Tom (Johnstone) is scoring some good tries, they’re playing with confidence, and he’s a real threat.
“They’ve not been fluky wins.
“They’ve been good wins, they’re running hard, the halves are going well, they’re completing well – they’re doing the simple things at pace.”
Wigan’s defeat against Warrington Wolves last week was only their second league loss of the campaign but they could have as many as nine first-teamers missing at Belle Vue tomorrow with illness having affected their build-up.
However, Wane maintains he is relishing the challenge with at least one youngster set for a bow.
“I don’t fret, I don’t lose sleep,” he said.
“I get excited when we’re under pressure and giving debuts.
“It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. It will be hard work to get the two points but it will make it more satisfying if we do.
“There’ll be no excuses from us, we’ll be fit and ready to challenge Wakefield.
“I’ve got inexperienced players but they know the Wigan way.”