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‘We need to do it again’: Shaun Wane wants Wigan Warriors to stay top ahead of Hull KR test

By Thomas McCooey

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is desperate to keep the Warriors top of Super League as they travel to Hull Kingston Rover’s MS3 Craven Park for their Easter Monday clash.

Hull K.R. provided the opposition for Wigan when the Warriors clinched the League Leaders’ Shield last season but only after having to complete a record Super League comeback from 26-0 down. 

Salford’s shock defeat of Huddersfield on Good Friday left Wigan to sit top of the table and Wane wants to make sure that doesn’t change, despite injury concerns.

“It’s rugby league and this is the Easter period. We need to do it again on Monday so I won’t rest anybody unless I have to,” said Wane.

“Hull K.R. are a great team and like us they had a very tough game on Good Friday with a local derby against Hull. 

“I am sure we will be sore as will they so it will be an interesting game to watch, to coach in and to play in.”

Though Wigan have not lost in Super League to Hull K.R. since 2009, the Rovers defeated Wigan 32-10 in a January pre-season friendly this year. 

Wane is taking extra measures this time to ensure there is no repeat, naming an unchanged 19-man squad from Good Friday’s derby win over St Helens and the squad has made the trip over to Hull a day early in order to keep the players fresh.

Wane was full of praise of opposite coach Craig Sandercock, but admitted he actually enjoys the intense Easter period.

“Craig Sandercock has done a great job there,” said Wane.

“They have some good quality players as we found in the pre-season friendly so we will need to go across to Hull and do a good job on them.

“This is a tough period but we’ve managed it well in the last two years and I expect this to be no different.

“These are testing times – there’s no doubt about it but I honestly enjoy this period. It’s a real test of all your staff for how you prepare and look after your players. 

“It’s all about doing something different to find that extra one per cent.”

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