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Wigan v Widnes preview.

14th of July 2013
Wigan v Widnes preview.

Match Preview and Squad announcement


We're nobody's mugs - Betts

Former Wigan favourite Denis Betts is promising his Widnes team will give his old club a "run for their money" when they meet at the DW Stadium on Monday to determine the last place in the semi-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

The Warriors have already done the double over Betts' men this season and were in dominant form at the DW Stadium, where Josh Charnley scored four tries and Sam Tomkins three in 62-4 rout.

The Vikings pushed an under-strength Wigan closer in the return fixture at the Stobart Stadium but they go into Monday's quarter-final with just one win from their last eight games.

"It doesn't matter about either side's form in the league," Betts said. "It's all to do with having the right attitude to perform well and work hard in the game as soon as the first whistle blows.

"The experts will rightfully have Wigan down as the clear favourites to win and that we have got our backs to the wall. But we'll take a lot of heart from our last game against them and try and give them a run for their money again because we're certainly nobody's mugs."

Widnes are without former Warriors centre Cameron Phelps but expect to have half-back Joe Mellor back after missing his first match of the season at Wakefield last week and he will be one of six ex-Wigan players in their line-up.

Tomkins sat out the game at the Stobart Stadium and has also missed Wigan's last two matches with a knee injury but he will be back on Monday, along with England prop Lee Mossop and centre Darrell Goulding.

The Warriors are hot favourites but coach Shaun Wane insists his side will not be taking their opponents lightly.

"This is a cup game so it's what happens in the 80 minutes which is crucially important," he said. "On any day, any one side can beat another so we have to turn up and play well.

"We will give Widnes the respect they deserve. Our preparations have been spot on and we will be getting a couple of players back with Sam and Lee Mossop so we are in a good position and we are looking forward to the game.

"I'd love to take my home-town club to Wembley but that is some way off yet.

"Widnes will be a tough challenge. They have some great players, they are a quality team and they can score some great tries but they also can leak a few points as well. I want our defence to be bang on.

"Kevin Brown is obviously a real threat, as is Joe Mellor on the other edge. Rhys Hanbury has been in great form. He has impressed in both the games we have played against them.

"They also have a few more, Jon Clarke is another one at dummy half who has been in top form as well.

"We need to be at our best and if we can concentrate for the full 80 minutes we will give ourselves the best chance to win this game."

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