Wolves set for Giant Semi Final
Yesterday Wolves' chairman Steven Broomhead announced Warrington's ClubCall decision live on Sky Sports News from The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
First team coach Willie Poching was on hand to talk about the decision and the upcoming game against the Huddersfield Giants.
"Whichever way we went, either Leeds or Huddersfield, it was going to be tough opposition to play. The decision was made before Leeds beat St Helens; we'd take the winner out of the Huddersfield Hull game as it gave us an extra day's preparation which was a decision made by the board and the coaching staff fully backed that decision. The extra day's preparation will hopefully stand us in good stead.
"It would be nice to get a packed-out crowd. Everybody knows what's at stake this week; players, fans, coaches, the whole town I think. But we knew that would be the case whoever we played."
As we near the climax of the season Willie added: "The focus switches you become a little bit more tunnel vision; you get a bit more wary that the end is nigh, people know what the carrot is at the end. There are a couple of weeks left, hopefully, but you never know; you want it to be the case but you've got to perform this week in order for that to happen."
And on the desire to back up and better last year's Grand Final appearance he said: "If you keep looking back you could trip yourself up; you've got to just keep planning and going forward and don't worry about the past too much. But people find motivation in different things so if that is what drives some of the players so be it but as a staff and a team as a whole we will just look forward and plan for Huddersfield this week."
Captain Adrian Morley is preparing for his last home game for the Wolves.
"Personally it will be an emotional night. My little lad and girl are being mascots so it's going to be a nice night for me. Hopefully it's not my last Warrington game but it will be my last home one so it's going to be a sad occasion but, if we get the win, also an enjoyable one."
And on the choice to face the Giants he echoed Willie's sentiments.
"As players whoever we'd have got would have been an extremely tough game with what's at stake; both teams were in the top four. Now we know, and everybody else knows, it's out in the open so let's just crack on.
"There were pros and cons for picking both sides...We are expecting a tough game but are also looking forward to it."
With regards to the ClubCall decision providing added motivation to Huddersfield he added: "Leeds have shown over the last two years that it's worked for them motivation-wise as they've come up with great performances. Whoever we'd have chosen would have had that in their arsenal so it's up to us to combat that and we are looking forward to the challenge."
Reflecting on previous encounters with the Giants: "You can't look at past results as that could come and bite you on the backside. It's a different game with a lot more at stake than in the other encounters. We'll prepare well and hopefully put in a performance worthy of us getting to Manchester."
Match tickets for the Wolves' Qualifying Semi Final on Thursday are on general sale and are available to purchase in store at WolfWare, from WolfWare Online and on 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Tickets will be charged at standard pre-match prices with junior tickets throughout the ground at £5, please note that normal ticket prices will be operation on the day of the game.
(photo courtesy of swpix)
23, Sep, 2013