Super League: Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos set to discover play-off fates
Last Updated: 05/09/13 10:05am
Brian McDermott: Expecting tough task, whoever Leeds face in play-offs
Wigan and Leeds will find out who they will be playing in the Super League play-offs when they face each other at the DW Stadium on Thursday night.
The winners of the side's final regular-season Super League clash will secure a third-place finish and with it a trip to Warrington in the post-season.
Meanwhile, the losers will finish fourth and will therefore take on top side Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
But both coaches are keen to stress they do not mind who they face in the play-offs, despite suggestions facing the Giants may offer an easier route through to the Grand Final at Old Trafford on 5 October.
"If you think about it that much, I suppose there may be a little of why you want to play one team more than another but Huddersfield are a good team," said Leeds head coach Brian McDermott.
"They've been very good and are a strong team, as are Warrington, as are Wigan, as are St Helens, as are Catalan and so on.
"You just take care of your own backyard and what you can control at this stage of the year.
"I've got no real preference. Every team in the play-offs is there by merit and certainly in the top four.
"If you're going to get to Old Trafford you're going to have to be good and get over a team who's in form."
Wigan head coach Shaun Wane also echoed those sentiments as he looks to guide his hometown club to their first league and cup double in seven years after they defeated Hull FC at Wembley to win the Challenge Cup.
"I've got no real preference. Every team in the play-offs is there by merit and certainly in the top four."
McDermott on play-offs
"I don't mind where we finish or who we play," Wane said. "I'm being genuine there. Huddersfield or Warrington, they're both going to be tough games.
"Both are in good form and playing well, so it doesn't make any difference to us. We'll go there as underdogs. I've no preference at all."
Wigan's crucial game with Leeds in the Super League can be seen on Sky Sports 2 HD from 8pm on Thursday.