Agar: We've nothing to lose
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar will tell his players to adopt a carefree attitude when they take on Super League pacesetters Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium tomorrow.
The Warriors hit the front in the title race after becoming the only team to win both matches over Easter, rounding off an impressive weekend with a record 84-6 rout of Hull KR.
Wigan have won their last eight meetings with the Wildcats but Agar insists his team will not be daunted by the size of the task facing them.
"It's a game where we've got nothing to lose," he said. "I want our boys to go and throw everything we've got at them and hopefully we can go there and put up a good show and be really competitive."
Wigan put Rovers to the sword with 15 tries on Easter Monday but Agar says their performance did not show him anything new.
"I haven't seen too much of the Hull KR game," he said. "I'm not too sure that we'll take too much from watching such a one-sided affair.
"It probably confirms that we know what a quality team they are. The way they all know their jobs on attack is allied to the level of execution that they deliver and the ruthlessness of how they go about it. That probably sets them apart from most teams.
"They've got an in-built strong mentality so it's going to be a big challenge for our boys."
Wigan coach Shaun Wane gave an indication of the high standards he has set by criticising his team for conceding a try against Hull KR but he admits he is happy to top the table after 10 rounds.
"It does feel great," he said. "It is a good position to be in and our points difference is good.
"It is not the be-all-and-end-all but I would rather be there than anywhere else in the table.
"We group matches together and this game is the fourth of four around the Easter period. We saw this as a bit of a challenge, a bit of a cup run, and I want four wins from four, not three wins from four."
Tomorrow's match marks the 150th appearance of Wigan hooker Michael McIlorum's career, while Warrington Wolves full-back Brett Hodgson will chalk up a century of Super League appearances and team-mate Richie Myler will play the 150th match of his career in the Grand Final rematch with Leeds Rhinos.
The half-back battle between Myler and his England rival Danny McGuire promises to provide a fascinating sideshow at Headingley.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "Richie Myler has come to the fore this season and is leading his team around the field well whilst their forward pack once again presents a sizeable challenge to any team.
"Our games against Warrington have been good contests in recent years because both teams like to play the game in the right manner."
Elsewhere, Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson will make his 150th appearance in the British game when the Dragons take on Hull FC at the KC Stadium while across the city Hull KR captain Michael Dobson will reach the same milestone against St Helens.
Catalan face a test of their strength in depth following the loss of experienced trio Thomas Bosc, Daryl Millard and Damien Blanch to injury.
In tomorrow's other match, Widnes Vikings will be boosted for the visit of Salford City Reds by the return of stand-off Kevin Brown a month after he re-injured an ankle making his debut.
Salford's former Great Britain centre Martin Gleeson is given a 50-50 chance of making his return from a calf tear while the game has come too soon for new signing Jake Emmitt.