Wigan head coach Shaun Wane has insisted his team are focused on this afternoon’s Super League opener against Salford and not next week’s World Club Challenge.
The Warriors face NRL Premiers Cronulla Sharks at the DW Stadium on Sunday week looking to end a barren run of form for English clubs against their Australian counterparts.
“We’ve been training hard all pre-season for Cronulla but we have Salford first which will be a real tough game,” Wane explained.
“I don’t want to limp into the Cronulla game, I want to go into it in a good confident manner and that means putting in a good performance against Salford and getting the points.”
It’s been almost one year since Wigan were embarrassed on their home turf in the World Club Series by the Brisbane Broncos as Super League went down to another 3-0 series defeat.
The Warriors boss admitted that all their training in pre-season has been geared towards the clash with the Sharks, a match Wane has described as massive for English rugby league.
“All our pre-season has been about Cronulla,” he said.
“We are up against a good team next week who are well coached and we need to be really physical. They are good but they have their faults we can exploit.
“I have watched every one of their games last year and they have got areas we can break down. This is a huge game, not just for us, but for rugby league in this country so we need to be ready.”