Divided loyalties for Hill family
Warrington Wolves' Wigan-born forward Chris Hill admits his family will be torn by tonight's derby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium but his own focus will be purely on helping the Wolves complete a notable double.
It is arguably the biggest game of the season so far between the teams sure to finish in the top two of Stobart Super League and the result could go a long way to determining which one of them claims the league leaders shield.
The Wolves have not topped the table since March, but a win over the Warriors would close the gap to a single point and they could then leapfrog them with a win over London Broncos next Friday in their last match before the Challenge Cup final.
"If we win, it puts the heat on them," said Hill.
"They've still got a couple of tough games left and hopefully we can finish top."
Hill, who joined Warrington from Leigh at the start of the season, admits he once harboured ambitions to play for Wigan and the highlight of his career was the Wolves' 22-20 victory at the DW Stadium in March.
"I was born close to Wigan's old ground," he said.
"My grandmother was a steward there for 25 years and my grandad worked in the tunnel. They used to smuggle me in.
"My family are all from Wigan but I'm an adopted Leyther. You can't be a Wigan fan and play for Leigh.
"When I was 13 or 14, all my mates were Wigan fans and we used to go down and watch. I probably did dream of playing for Wigan but I took the Leigh option.
"My family will be split on Saturday so it will be an interesting one.
"It was only my fifth or sixth game when we played at Wigan and I got half an hour or 40 minutes.
"It was great to win there, the highlight of my career so far and hopefully we can do the double."