On Good Friday we will see the two biggest derbies in rugby league as Hull FC and Hull KR collide whilst Wigan Warriors and St Helens meet in a clash many people believe could be the Grand Final in waiting.
Warrington Wolves and others might have something to say about that but it is a huge game either way and Wigan boss Matt Peet has suggested that it benefits from the decision to go to one game over Easter instead of two.
Peet said on the Wigan website:
“I think it’s exciting for everyone involved. It’s the perfect week and we don’t have the distraction of another game on Monday, which is important and I think we’ll feel the benefit for that not just this weekend but for the next month or so.
“Both sets of fans are excited, there’s two quality teams. I definitely feel like last year it was a great experience and I felt like I became a better coach for it. I do feel like I’ve got a bit of experience there now. It’s the perfect week for anyone who wants an insight into our game. There’s a lot to get excited about, you’re crazy if you’re not coming.
“This is one of those weeks where you’ve just got to enjoy it. The respect is huge, I’ve said for years I like the way St Helens have built their success. It’s homegrown, the players are all ultra humble and respectful. I think James Roby and Tommy Makinson epitomize that – they seem like low maintenance, high performance lads.
“They don’t rub your noses if they beat you and if they win they move on quick. I’ve got a lot of respect for them and there’s things that our past success has been built on that they do really well. We’ve got to build that up again.”
Peet also gave his assessment on the win over Leigh Leopards in the Battle of the Borough.
“People mention the second half but I was pleased with our first half performance.” he said
“Leigh are a good team and we got our reward for doing some simple things well in the first half. Coming into this week with that builds confidence, I think it was a positive step for us, particularly with the ball. I genuinely think even if either team were limping into this game, it would still be a stand alone fixture.
“I think both teams have shown glimpses this season of what they’re capable of. There’s been times where both teams have been a bit broken in this fixture and got the result. I was pleased with last week but this week is a fresh one.”