Wade prepared for Chase threat
Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has hatched a plan to combat the threat of Rangi Chase when Castleford Tigers visit the DW Stadium tomorrow.
Wane has been using his reserve half-back Sam Powell to simulate the attacking play of the reigning Stobart Super League Man of Steel, who made a big impact on his return from an internal club suspension in the Tigers' battling 40-26 defeat by Warrington Wolves last Sunday.
"In the second half the Tigers were by far the better team," Wane said. "I was impressed by Castleford. They scored some good tries and having Rangi Chase back has given them a lift.
"Rangi does his own thing and, when he gets the ball, it's alarm bells. We need to make sure we are ready for him and put him under pressure.
"In training this week we have had little Sam Powell acting as Rangi Chase. We haven't given him any time and he has certainly been in the wars."
Castleford coach Ian Millward says Wane is right to target the England international, who remains committed to the Tigers, at least for the rest of the season, after a proposed move to Hull FC last Friday collapsed due to visa difficulties.
Millward was delighted with Chase's contribution against the Wolves and especially the way he dealt with some barracking from his own fans who expressed their displeasure over the player's much-publicised breach of club discipline and his apparent desire to join Hull.
"Rangi did well for us last week," Millward said. "He had to be a bit rusty because for three weeks wasn't at training - he wasn't even touching a ball - and you do lose it.
"He had a month off and he was under a fair bit of pressure with the crowd. There were few murmurs from our fans and that happens in sport.
"Rangi is a professional rugby league player. He just needs to do his best and he certainly did his best on the weekend.
"In the second half he got some consistency in his game."
Millward, who was encouraged by Chase's new partnership with former Hull scrum-half Jamie Ellis, is not surprised that Wigan are going to great lengths in their efforts to close him down.
"Rangi is very deceptive," he added. "He can look one way and pass the other and he can slow down and change to a different gear.
"So I can understand what Shaun is saying. There are certain times in a game when how you present yourself defensively can limit his opportunities or acutely open up his opportunities.
"That's what they'll be working on, closing the space around him. It's the same when teams play Wigan, they look at what Sam Tomkins presents."