Shaun Wane cautious despite Wigan rise to top of Super League

Wigan coach Shaun Wane is not getting carried away with his team's climb to the top of the Super League table.

The Warriors have won nine consecutive matches in all competitions and are a point clear of Warrington.

But Wane is fully aware how quickly results and opinions of his team can turn around.

"A few weeks ago we played Widnes and lost. There were calls for me to be sacked, so I know it can soon change," Wane told BBC North West Tonight.

"I prepare my teams the best I can and so far it's paid off, but it soon turns around. I don't enjoy my victories that much and I don't get too down on my defeats.

"I'm pretty happy but I wouldn't say I'm ecstatic [with the season so far]. I think we can play better.

"I don't mean that to sound arrogant, but I genuinely believe we can be better in attack and better in defence.

"I've got a really hungry group of players that want to get better and that's the positive thing for me."

Wigan face local rivals St Helens in the final match of the Magic Weekend at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

The Warriors have already beaten Saints in Super League at Langtree Park and knocked Mike Rush's side out of the Challenge Cup earlier this month, but Wane is keen for his players to approach the game without complacency.

"I want us to mentally approach this game as though we're 2-0 down (in matches against St Helens)," he added.

"Saints are a quality team and they've troubled us in those games that we've won. The Super League teams in this competition are fantastic and St Helens are one of the best.

"It's a St Helens-Wigan derby so there will be no need to motivate our players. They'll be ready."

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