Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has urged his team to show more consistency as they head into their Super 8s game against Hull FC at The DW Stadium tonight.
The Warriors currently sit in second position and a win could see them draw level on points with leaders Leeds.
A poor super 8s campaign has left Hull unable to qualify for the semi-finals and their misery continues with an ever-mounting injury list.
The Black and Whites are without 12 senior players through injury, leaving coach Lee Radford able to name only 18 players in his initial squad.
Debuts look likely to be handed to U19s duo Masimbaashe Matongo and Ros Osborne, to complete a team with an average age of just 21.
Despite this, head coach Radford believes his young side are more than capable of doing him and the club proud as they take on second placed Wigan.
‘‘For our young fellas, this is what the bright lights look like,’’ he said.
‘‘They need to bring one thing and that is energy.
‘‘I don’t think there is much expectancy from the outside group.
‘‘It’ll just be great for the young players to really go and put a marker down and show their character I suppose.’’
Wigan boss Wane insists his side must play well for the full 80 minutes and should be wary of a young Hull team with a big point to prove.
‘‘I liked Lee Radford as a player and I like him as a coach,’’ Wane said.
‘‘We will not be complacent but show them the respect that they deserve.’’
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