Is everyone in good shape for tomorrow’s top-of-the-table clash against Wigan?
They’re pretty good.
Everyone who played against London Broncos in the Challenge Cup has come through the game well, which is good.
Danny Brough obviously came off with a minor issue towards the end of the contest, but if he’d have needed to have stayed on he would have done.
And as well as all those who played on Sunday, Dave Fa’alogo has been fit for a couple of weeks and is in contention to play, Scotty Moore has been training hard and hit fitness levels are up and his weight is down, while Luke George has recovered from the illness that forced him to miss the Cup quarter-final.
But there will be no Luke O’Donnell again.
He’s still struggling with a back problem, and at this stage I’d be guessing if I tried to put a date on when he could return. We just hope it won’t be too long.
With all due respect to the Broncos, was that game just the sort you needed ahead of such a big clash against the Warriors?
We were certainly happy with the result last weekend.
But this week is obviously a different type of opposition.
Shaun Wane has taken over as head coach and carried on from where Michael Maguire left off after he’d done such a great job.
Waney has maintained, if not improved, the way Wigan play in a couple of areas, and that clearly makes them even more of a threat.
It goes without saying that you needed to play really well as a team if you’re going to beat them.
Is the key to beating Wigan stopping Sam Tomkins?
He’s certainly a great player and central to a lot of what Wigan do, isn’t he?
Sam’s a unique talent, and there are no others who can beat people and put their body in such positions as Sam can.
The key for us is obviously to try and limit him as best you can.
Earlier in the season we felt we did a good job on him, and the things we put in place to lessen his impact did work.
He did still manage to score a try and had a fairly decent game, but if we can repeat what we did on the opening day well be fairly happy.
But there’s obviously far more to Wigan than just Sam Tomkins.
All their good players are playing well at the moment, which is why they are leading the table ahead of us on points difference.
They’re playing consistently well on the back of a good forward pack, which is the first battle we need to win.
But we beat them at the start of the year, so there’s no reason why we can’t beat them again.