Super League: Shaun Wane to pick strongest Wigan Warriors side against Catalan Dragons

Last Updated: 13/08/13 2:32pm

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Matt Smith: Will feature for Wigan at Catalan Dragons on Saturday

Matt Smith: Will feature for Wigan at Catalan Dragons on Saturday

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane says he will field his strongest team in Saturday's Super League clash at Catalan Dragons.

Wane admits he would have liked to rest several players ahead of their Challenge Cup final date with Hull on 24 August, but says his key men need game time after missing Friday's home defeat to Huddersfield through injury.

Skipper Sean O'Loughlin remains a doubt for the trip to France but full-back Sam Tomkins, scrum-half Matty Smith and prop Ben Flower will all return after sitting out the 30-12 loss to the Giants.

"Everybody has a chance to play and all the front rowers are fighting like hell between themselves to give them a chance to play at Wembley."
Shaun Wane

Wane said: "In an ideal world, I would have liked to have put my form team out against Huddersfield but genuine injuries to Sam, Lockers, Ben and Matty Smith dictated that I couldn't do that.

"They are fit now and they need a game so they will be playing this weekend against Catalan."

Opportunity

Wane will use Saturday's game to finalise his Wembley line-up, with players like Flower given a chance to press their claims.

"The main doubt is Sean O'Loughlin but, apart from him, we're pretty much injury free," Wane added.

"Everybody has a chance to play and all the front rowers are fighting like hell between themselves to give them a chance to play at Wembley.

"It's good position for me and I want to give people like Ben Flower a chance this week - he can put his hand up.

"This is part of our preparation and so was Huddersfield. Some players took their opportunity and some didn't."

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