‘Our destiny is in our personal palms’, says Wigan trainer Adrian Lam.
It’s… however they have additionally been helped out via instances out in their regulate.
The 2 facets above the Warriors within the desk, St Helens and Warrington, will have to briefly get well from the emotional hangover of the Problem Cup Ultimate.
And the Wolves were given little time to shake-off any exact hangovers in their Wembley win, with Sky Sports activities selecting them for this night’s televised fit opposed to in-form Salford.
It’s merciless scheduling from the broadcasters – although now not with out precedent, because the Wolves had the similar precedent after final 12 months’s Ultimate loss. Wigan, take into account, needed to play 5 days after their International Membership Problem victory opposed to Cronulla, however – and I do know this can be debatable for the game – however possibly there is scope for some commonsense in long run?
Both method, this might paintings in Wigan’s favour if the refreshed Purple Devils – who’ve overwhelmed Twine two times already this 12 months – get the 2 issues.
Lam’s males, in 3rd, are degree on issues with the Twine.
Saints, too, will have ‘not anything to play for’ earlier than the play-offs after already securing the league leaders’ defend.
However they have got problems to handle, now not least shaking a name as big-game bottlers, given they misplaced two semis final 12 months as smartly.
It doesn’t matter what Saints do over the following 3 weeks, I will be able to’t assist consider they are going to have a anxiousness about them as they head into the play-offs.
Whilst St Helens are treading water till the common season finishes, all 11 different golf equipment have one thing to play for – and it will have to make it an enchanting home-straight.
If Wigan lose out on moment spot as a result of Warrington win their last 3 fits, then honest sufficient.
However I will be able to’t see it.
Despite the fact that the Wolves win this night, which is difficult to consider, I will be able to’t see them getting a lot pleasure at Leeds at the ultimate day.
All issues thought to be, I actually do suppose it’s pointing to a second-placed end for the Warriors.
It’s necessary to not get over excited, since the Warriors are nonetheless handiest two issues from the group in 6th spot. A slip-up at Wakefield – by no means the perfect venue – and the next week’s discuss with of Catalans takes on a fully other complexion.
However they’re in-form, with 9 wins from their final 10, and they’re enjoying smartly.
Their defence is tigerish, they’re enjoying with self assurance, and their run-in is a ways from daunting with domestic video games opposed to Catalans and Castleford at the horizon.
Lam will probably be hoping to welcome again some extra gamers from harm all over the following 3 weeks, using up the extent of pageant inside his squad.
It’s relatively a turnaround from after they had been floating simply above the relegation dog-fight previous this season.
The construction of the play-offs provides a heavy merit to groups completing within the top-three. Hull FC, in fourth with 30pts however a poorer for-and-against than Wigan, could also be able to pounce if Lam’s males slip-up.
They’ve a run-in which incorporates a domestic fit opposed to 10th-placed Huddersfield this weekend, and so they could also be favourites to overcome Castleford the next week.
They entire the season opposed to Saints.
Given the league-toppers have the next week off, I will be able to’t consider they are going to be at liberty to enter their first play-offs fit with a 3 week hole since their final victory – so even though Wigan lose one in every of their final 3, they are going to nonetheless end moment.
If there’s a darkish horse to this engrossing race, it’s Salford.
They’re handiest two issues in the back of Wigan (and Hull FC), however with a greater for-and-against.
Ian Watson’s outfit are the one facet to win their most up-to-date 5 fits, a run which integrated hanging Hull FC and Catalans to the sword, beating Warrington away and chalking up just about 60 issues opposed to London.
Castleford and Catalans, in 6th and 7th respectively with 28 and 26 issues, aren’t out of the image but. It doesn’t appear most likely that they are going to shoulder their method into the play-offs spots but when this 12 months has taught us the rest, it’s to come back to be expecting the surprising!
It will have to be an enchanting 3 weeks.