Boss Shaun Wane has pledged Wigan Warriors will “have a dig” against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley tonight.
Wigan have won only two of their five First Utility Super League games so far and have a mounting injury list, but Wane said they will be up for one of the biggest games of the season.
“Leeds and Wigan games are fantastic games,” Wane said. “It’s two teams that love to play and they are very energetic, very passionate and they are always full-on games.
“This is one of the biggest games, no doubt about that. Leeds at Leeds is as tough a game as you can get.
“Look at the individual talent they have in that team and the experience – like Jamie Peacock, who I rate as one of the best players of the last decade. I have so much respect for him.
“People like him, Kevin Sinfield and Danny McGuire have got some games under their belt.
“They are very experienced and we are bust at the minute, we are down on experience, but what my teams do is they have a dig.
“They try hard and we will do that this week against Leeds.”
Wigan are on the back of a 13-12 win over Hull, which ended a run of successive league defeats and the coach said that has lifted the mood in their camp.
“The players seem pretty intent on having a good performance this week against Leeds,” said Wane. “There’s still lots of room for improvement.
“We have to take our chances. We made lots of opportunities (last week), that’s the positive.
“The disappointing thing is we didn’t finish them and they scored two tries off our errors, two really bad defensive errors.”