Both Super League heavyweights got their respective campaigns off to faltering starts last weekend, with the Giants crashing to a 19-0 home defeat while the Warriors could only draw at Widnes.
Wigan raced into a 16-6 lead before half time at The Select Security Stadium, with Widnes also having Patrick Ah Van sent off, before the hosts fought back to snatch a point in the dying embers of the game.
The Warriors came painstakingly close to a fourth Super League crown last term, only to be pipped at the post by local rivals St Helens, and Joel Tomkins was adamant the squad will take it further this season – starting with victory in the World Club Series.
Welsh international Flower received a six-month ban following his sending-off in the Trafford showpiece for a double-punch on St Helens’ Lance Hohaia.
Wigan will make the short trip to Merseyside on Thursday February 5 before they face up against Grand Final victors Saint Helens on April 3 at the DW Stadium
The Warriors were edged out by local rivals St Helens in the Super League Grand Final last weekend
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Shaun Wane’s Warriors are looking to retain their Super League crown for the second season running when they clash with St Helens in the Grand Final at Old Trafford this weekend.
The Warriors will battle it out with fierce rivals Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium on Friday evening in a repeat of the 2013 Grand Final
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The Warriors, the current holders of the Super League title, finished second in this year’s table, losing out to rivals St. Helens by just a point and face the daunting prospect of third-placed Huddersfield in the first-round