Wigan Warriors (9/2 Super League 2021 Outright) back-rower Kai Pearce-Paul says his side are “feeling a lot more confident” ahead of Friday’s Betfred Super League clash with Wakefield.
The 19-year-old is set for his sixth straight appearance for the Cherry and Whites and while it wasn’t exactly plain sailing at first, his performances have helped the club win their last two Super League matches.
Both of those victories came against Huddersfield and have helped ease any potential fears that Wigan may have had about missing out on the play-offs.
Adrian Lam’s (pictured) side now sit fifth in the standings and welcome 10th-placed Wakefield to the DW on Friday in front of an unrestricted crowd.
Having supporters in the stands is sure to boost the Warriors, who Pearce-Paul admits are starting to get back to where they were earlier in the campaign when they won their opening seven games in the Betfred Super League.
The teenage forward admits confidence is high within the camp, suggesting they expect to produce another big performance on Friday.
“The team morale is up, we’re feeling a lot more confident and we’re building to where we want to be,” said Pearce-Paul.
“We started the season with seven straight wins and it’s gradually game by game, getting back to that. Our effort areas and team morale is getting back to where it was, if not back to where it was.”
Wigan are set to be boosted by the returns of Jackson Hastings and Willie Isa following their respective bans, while Sam Powell is also back available.
There is also Betfred Super League action on Thursday as Huddersfield take on Hull FC (Match Betting – Huddersfield 6/4, Hull FC 8/13, Tie 22/1).