Super League: Wigan Warriors rested and ready for semi-final

Last Updated: 28/09/13 10:55am

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Josh Charnley celebrates scoring against Huddersfield two weeks ago

Josh Charnley celebrates scoring against Huddersfield two weeks ago

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Wigan winger Josh Charnley is hoping that a week off can make the difference when the Warriors face Leeds in the Super League semi-finals at the DW Stadium on Friday night.

Wigan earned a break with their surprise victory at table-toppers Huddersfield two weeks ago and will be well-rested when they line up to face the Rhinos.

By contrast Leeds played out a gripping - and gruelling - 11-10 win over St Helens last Friday night.

"Once you are playing to the standard that you want to be at, everybody wants to be playing week-in, week-out, which is a good thing," Charnley told the official Super League website.

"But some of the boys needed this rest though, so now we can build on that and be ready for our game on the 27th and go into that match fresh.

"It's just a case of turning up on the day and doing our jobs now and we're confident we can do that."

There is also a determination in the Wigan squad not to miss out on the Grand Final at the final hurdle, as they did last year.

Written off

"We were written off early in the play-offs," Charnley added. "Everybody was saying that we were going to be beaten at Huddersfield but we put 110 per cent in and it's shown because we came away with a great win in that game.

"It's an exciting time of the year now where you have got to play well because if you don't, then one game of 80 minutes could mean that your season is over so we are putting all of our efforts in to make sure that doesn't happen.

"It's coming to the end of the year and that's when the exciting rugby is played, so it's good to have all the individual players stepping up their game when it matters. Everyone is looking good in the camp so we're feeling confident."

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