Wane out for revenge
Warriors decided not to pick Warrington with 'Clubcall' option
Last Updated: September 23, 2012 3:15pm
Wigan coach Shaun Wane says his team will be out to avenge their Challenge Cup semi-final defeat to Leeds when they host the Rhinos on Friday.
Using the 'Clubcall' system, the Warriors opted to face the reigning Super League champions, who defeated them 39-28 to reach Wembley, in the first semi-final.
The decision was hardly a surprise considering Leeds are the lowest-ranked side left standing, while Wigan have also beaten them twice during the regular season.
Warrington were the other option open to the Cherry and Whites but the Wolves will now instead travel to Langtree Park to take on St Helens.
"We're still hurting from that performance in the cup. It was not so much the loss but we under-performed that day."
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"We decided a few weeks ago that, if we were in a position to make the call, we'd go with the lowest-rank team," said Wane, who made the decision in consultation with chairman Ian Lenagan and rugby manager Kris Radlinski.
"We did have discussions about going elsewhere but we decided to stick to our guns.
"But, make no mistake, we know it's going to be a tough game. At this stage, it would be tough whoever you pick.
"We're still hurting from that performance in the cup. It was not so much the loss but we under-performed that day.
"It wasn't us. Sam Tomkins has not done things that he did that day, we've not played as poorly since then.
"I've been upset ever since. It is a game I'm desperate to put right."