The big showdown
Warrington v Wigan could be the game of the season - and the hosts are fired-up, says Stevo.
Last Updated: 11/08/12 9:57am
Get ready for the best game of the season because Warrington v Wigan is going to be a belter!
Super League's top two meet at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday and the Wolves will be fired up to show Wigan who's boss.
Warrington pulled off a masterstroke this week. While the Bradford Bulls squad face an uncertain future, Wolves have signed ten of their current players on new contracts, which is a huge boost to the morale of the team, the fans and the community as a whole.
Some people suggested the likes of Lee Briers, 34, Brett Hodgson, 34 and Adrian Morley, 35, were past it but they've all got new deals, as well as young talents such as Gareth O'Brien. It's a massive lift for everyone at the club.
And that great news for Wolves comes just days after they hammered St Helens at Langtree Park. You look at the score line 22-12 and think it must have been a close game, but it really wasn't.
Warrington choked what is a very talented Saints side. To choke such a good side is not easy but Warrington were superior in every department and it was only down to a 15-minute spell of ill-discipline from the visitors that allowed Saints any semblance of possession, field position and opportunities to score.
After that, and the new contracts for the young and old, the feeling around the Warrington camp in the build-up to the Wigan game must be unbelievable.
On the other side of the coin, I think the Warriors are in for a difficult test. They have only won once in their last eight visits to the Halliwell Jones Stadium and that will play on their mind.
They had a great win against Hull last week but there were times when they were stuttering, knocking-on and dropping the ball, which are errors you wouldn't normally see from a Wigan outfit. They had enough power and strength to come through, but I had the feeling something was missing.
For the first half of the season everyone was saying Wigan were unbeatable. They did everything right, had good organisation and were sweeping teams aside. However, since losing Thomas Leuluai in the Exiles game they've just fallen apart. Was it a coincidence? I don't know. Either way they are going to have to up their game against Warrington and can't afford too many silly mistakes.
STEVO SAYS: Warrington laid down a marker at St Helens - now can they do it on their own ground against Wigan? With Ben Westwood leading the way and the power of Morley used in small doses I think Warrington should win this. If Wigan can cut out the mistakes of recent weeks they've got a chance, but I believe, with the Warrington players on a high, the hosts will have too much for their visitors. Whoever wins, it's going to be a cracker!