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Wigan wary of Morley threat
Wigan will be aiming to put the shackles on evergreen forward Adrian Morley when they meet Warrington at the DW Stadium on Friday night for the chance to take over at the top of Stobart Super League.
The veteran Wolves captain is enjoying a testimonial to mark 18 years as a professional but is showing little sign of slowing up and Warriors coach Shaun Wane expects him to be a pivotal figure in the derby.
"If Adrian Morley plays well, Warrington play well," Wane said. "He's one of those players we need to target."
He added: "He is one player I would have love to have coached. I like the way he plays and I like his mentality. He's a real good pro.
"When I was with the juniors, I described the perfect front rower and it was him. I'm a massive fan of his but this weekend I want us to do a job on him."
Wigan failed to do a job on Morley last September when he inspired Warrington to a crucial 39-12 win at the Halliwell Jones Stadium which not only completed the double over the Warriors but effectively clinched the League Leaders' Shield.
That performance came in Morley's first game back from a two-month lay-off with a worrying eye injury but it was no surprise for Wigan's Australian half-back Brett Finch, who was playing alongside Morley for Sydney Roosters almost a decade ago.
"He tore us apart with the ball and without it," Finch recalled. "He gave us a lesson that day.
"He was doing that 10 years ago when I was playing with him. I joined the Roosters after they won the 2002 Grand Final and they had the most feared pack in the competition led by Moz.
"He was just bashing blokes and, for a half-back, it was like you were bullet-proof. You just let Moz go out and batter blokes. He would soften them up after 20 minutes and us backs would start playing. If you got taken out late, he'd square them up the very next set with a big tackle. He was a very good team man and off the field he's a champion bloke."