Kristian Woolf has had his fair share of scraps with Wigan since joining St Helens ahead of the 2020 Super League season.
One of those included the 2020 Grand Final, but the Saints boss knows just how important the rivalry is – not just across both squads, but across both towns too.
“It’s an event in itself, I’ve grown to learn that, ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a game our whole town gets excited for and our whole squad does too,” Woolf said.
“It’s the biggest league game in the world, the rivalry between the two teams and the towns, it’s fierce.
“It’s a hatred, but a mutual respect for both teams and it brings the best out of everyone.”
‘The thing that excites me the most is we know we are going to see the best of our players – our group has been great at bringing consistency every week, so we’re going to be at our best and everyone will have a real motivation as Wigan will.”
Woolf’s side will not have to go up against opposite halfback Tommy Leuluai, who is set to be out for the rest of the year with injury.
“He’s a very big part of their success and I thought he played really well in the Grand Final last year.
“We’ve lost Theo Fages for the season, whilst I’m extremely happy with the way Lewis Dodd has come in and make that spot his own, I think most teams are missing key players.”