Wigan winger Josh Charnley is confident the Warriors can put their season firmly back on track in the play-offs – starting at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow night (8.00).
The 22-year-old Warriors speed merchant was in Huddersfield on Monday as part of the Super League Dream Team selected for 2013, but he returns ready to put a record straight on the field.
“We know it is going to be a tough game and the couple of times we have played the Giants this season they picked us off on both occasions,” said Charnley, whose side were beaten 22-10 at the John Smith’s Stadium in February and then 30-12 on their own track in August .
“But we want to get the win the competition and we are looking to bring our top game to Huddersfield tomorrow.
“Should we win we can put ourselves in a very strong position in the play-off competition, so it is one of the biggest games of the season.”
When the two teams met last moth the Super League Leaders Shield was still a big target for both clubs, but while Huddersfield tied up the trophy two weeks ago for Wigan there was a slide to fourth place – conceding third pace to Leeds Rhinos with a 20-6 defeat at their own DW Stadium.
“We have had a bit of a blip,” admitted Charnley.
“But we have looked at those games and we know the negative factors we have to take on board and the positives we have to build on.
“We have shown that we can defend well enough, as we did in the Challenge Cup final, and essentially we know we need to keep control of the ball because we do have the players who can attack teams.”
And Charnley and Co are keen to add to the silverware collected at Wembley with their 16-0 cup final win over Hull FC.
“We have the Challenge Cup, but we want to win again,” said Charnley.
“A lot of the boys are set to leave Wigan at the end of this competition, so it would be great as a group to make some
memories and create a bit of history.
“We have prepared well for the game and we will take it as it comes tomorrow night – it’s going to be an exciting game!”