Updated: Monday, 20th November 2017 @ 5:34pm

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane wants Super League semi-final spot booked early against Catalan Dragons

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane wants Super League semi-final spot booked early against Catalan Dragons

By Matt Simpson

Wigan Warriors Head coach Shaun Wane expects ‘absolute commitment’ from his team as they prepare to face the Catalans Dragons at the DW Stadium tonight.

Victory would guarantee the Warriors an automatic berth in the Super League play-off semi-finals, while defeat would mean a second match against the winners of the elimination play-offs.

Speaking to Wigan TV, Wane admitted he is expecting a do-or-die performance from his team to get the best result for his team.

“I am approaching the game this week as life or death,” said Wane.

“I want absolute commitment this Friday and I want to make sure we get a weekend off if possible.”

Blocking their route to the Grand Final is French outfit Catalans Dragons, who are looking to end a three-match losing streak against Wigan – yet their imperious home form has seen them clinch fourth spot in the Super League.

The French side will also be out to avenge the 44-0 thrashing they received on their last play-off visit to the DW, as they look to improve on their recent away performances.

After the indifferent form of his side in recent weeks, Wane is wary of the threat posed by the Dragons.

He added: ‘They’ve had a fantastic season and they’re a very, very good team. We found out in Montpellier that they are a really physical team.

“We need to be at our best to have a chance of winning that game.”

The Warriors will be boosted by the return to fitness of Tommy Leuluai in at scrum-half, while Matty Smith could replace hooker Michael McIlorum after the three-match ban for a high tackle in last week’s 26-18 defeat to St Helens was upheld.

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