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Clubb back to face his old team

4th of July 2014
Clubb back to face his old team

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is expecting bottom-of-the-table London Broncos to feel the backlash from the Warriors' derby defeat by St Helens.

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane is expecting bottom-of-the-table London Broncos to feel the backlash from his side's derby defeat by St Helens.


The reigning First Utility Super League champions missed the chance to return to the top of the table when they lost at home to their arch rivals and Wane wants them to take out their frustration on Joey Grima's struggling side at The Hive tomorrow afternoon.


"The lads are hurting," Wane said. "It's been a tough few days and hopefully we'll take it out on London. I want to see some visible changes."


Wigan have won their last nine meetings with the Londoners, whose last home win against the Warriors was at the Twickenham Stoop in 2007.


The Broncos look set to be one of two clubs to be relegated after losing all 17 matches so far but Wane expects them to break their duck before the end of the season and is hoping it is not against his side.


"They won't go all year without winning a game," Wane said. "They are playing well in patches and they do throw a lot at you.


"I've seen London improve since the new coach came in. They will look forward to us going there.


"We don't want to be the first side to be beaten by them, so there is pressure on us.


"Wakefield had never played as well as they did against us. We have to understand when we go into town, teams improve."


Former London captain Tony Clubb has recovered from a knee injury in time to face his old club while Grima has rung the changes for his eighth match in charge in a bid to stop the rot.


Salford Red Devils coach Iestyn Harris will make a final call on the fitness of new signing Kevin Locke before deciding whether to give the New Zealand Test full-back his debut at Huddersfield Giants tomorrow afternoon.


Locke, who arrived on Tuesday to take up a three-and-a-half-year contract with the Red Devils, is battling to overcome the effects of jet lag but Harris admits he will be tempted to throw him straight into battle if he comes through the club's final training run.


"It would be foolish not to play him," Harris said.


The big-spending Red Devils are languishing in 12th place with just two wins from 11 games since Harris succeeded Brian Noble as coach in April and are banking on the introduction of Locke to provide them with a late-season fillip.


Huddersfield's impressive run of nine wins from their last 10 matches included a 42-22 triumph at Salford on Good Friday but coach Paul Anderson is still not satisfied that his side are playing to their full potential.


"We need to stop shooting ourselves in the foot," he said. "Rugby is an easy game when you've got the ball and it's made a lot more difficult if you have to continually defend, especially with the way teams play now.


"We need to make sure we do the things that makes it easier for ourselves starting on Saturday, as Salford play with a lot of structure and uncertainty due to the players they have within their squad."


The Giants are expected to be without England second rower Brett Ferres after he damaged a knee in last week's win at Hull KR while Salford will have at least one debutant in former London centre Mason Caton-Brown.

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