Super League: Warrington aim to repeat last year's away win over Wigan
Mickey Higham wants Warrington to lay down a marker at the start of the new Super League season by beating Wigan.
Last Updated: 08/02/13 7:33pm
The Warriors and Wolves both kicked off their campaigns with victories last week and will now go toe-to-toe in a battle between two strong contenders to make it to the Grand Final.
Wigan last year clinched the League Leaders Shield ahead of their next opponents despite Warrington winning both regular season games, including a 22-20 triumph on their travels.
"There's been a real buzz already in the week leading up to it," Higham, who will be going up against one of his former clubs this week, told Sky Sports.
"Sunday to Friday is a short turnaround, but the guys have a real spring in their step - we are looking forward to it. I know we've trained well, we're looking sharp.
"These are the kind of games you want early in the year. They give you a chance to set the tone about where you are at.
"These are two of the favourites for silverware this year so it'll be nice to get in early and get some bragging rights, hopefully."
The Wolves cut loose against Castleford last Sunday, scoring four tries in the first 13 minutes on their way to a 40-24 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
However, Higham admits the squad have been working hard defensively in training after leaking two tries in each half against the Tigers, something they know they cannot afford to do against a Wigan side that demolished Salford.
"I thought we were pretty sharp for most of the game," Higham said of Warrington's opening win.
"In the second half we had a lull and to concede 24 points, with the start we had, that is something we've addressed in training.
"It's not an issue, but to concede 24 at home after being 30-0 up or whatever it was, it was a bit disappointing for us.
"Wigan will probably look at that and on the flip side they shut out Salford on Friday, so defensively they are sharp at the moment."