Wigan moved back into third place in the Super League table after a 40-0 win over the bottom club Halifax but their coach, Mike Gregory, has set his sights even higher.
The Warriors were rampant as the New Zealand prop Craig Smith and the young second-rower Stephen Wild produced excellent performances. "From here on in, they are all must-win games for us," Gregory said. "We have got to push for second and if we do that we'll push for first place.
"But you have to look at what's behind trying to catch you," he added. "If we sell ourselves short and come unstuck, then we could even miss out on third spot."
Gregory praised the performances of Smith and Wild, who has battled back after a career-threatening knee ligament injury. But he had mixed views on the overall display, adding: "It was a Jekyll and Hyde game - we were very professional in the first half but came up with a lacklustre show in the second."
"We have something like 13 players aged under 21 out there and I'm very proud of the effort they put in," the Halifax coach, Tony Anderson, said.
"Our policy for the rest of the season was to throw the ball around, take chances and gamble. But we still have to do too much tackling because we give too much cheap and easy ball away. Our completion rate was appalling and you can't do it against any opposition, let alone Wigan."
Wakefield Wildcats fought back to earn a point in a thrilling 26-26 draw against the London Broncos at Belle Vue. Wakefield have not beaten London on home turf since August 2000 but they more than deserved their point following a brilliant second-half fightback.
Nigel Roy looked to have made the result safe for London with a fifth try, converted by Chris Thorman on 49 minutes. But Wildcats steeled themselves and hit back with tries by Richard Newlove, man of the match Jamie Rooney and, in the very last minute, the prop Michael Korkidas, while Rooney was unable to convert from wide out to steal the win.Reuse content