Rugby League - Wigan could deal Wolves huge blow

Wigan have the chance to remove one of their rivals for their league leaders shield when they visit Warrington.

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Tony Smith has a vritually fully-fit Warrington squad at his disposal

Third-placed Wolves will be eight points adrift of the leaders with eight matches left of the regular season if they fail to halt Wigan's 13-match winning run, although Tony Smith insists he is unaware of the latest table.

"I haven't looked at it. I have spent no time thinking about it," the Warrington boss said.

"They have gone really well but we're not too bothered about whether they get top spot or we do. We are just trying to get better and keep in form. We will have to be good to beat Wigan, they are the form team of the year so far. They have shown that by where they sit at the moment.

"My job is to get the team to play well each week. We are doing that at the moment. We are pleased with the way we are going about our footy."

Monday's game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium is arguably the biggest of the Super League season so far.

While Wigan have not lost since they went down to Leeds in March, Warrington have re-discovered their touch with three consecutive wins in which they have piled up 198 points. Warriors coach Shaun Wane knows his side's unbeaten run will be put to the test but insists there will be no celebrating if they see off their arch rivals.

"I don't think about things like that," he said. "I just want to win every game. When it comes to Leeds in the last game, no matter what state we are in in the league, I will push the lads hard to win that game as well. That is just the mentality here.

"It's always been a real tough battle with Warrington. It was when I played and I don't think it's changed. They deserve all the plaudits they get. They are a really good club. They have got some real talent throughout the squad. I don't see any weaknesses there."

England forwards Liam Farrell and Lee Mossop are both set to make their 100th appearance for Wigan but the leaders are still without Sean O'Loughlin, Michael McIlorum, Ben Flower, Gil Dudson and Blake Green. Warrington, meanwhile, are virtually at full strength.

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