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RugbyL: Wolves face 'massive month'

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Trent Waterhouse and his Warrington Wolves teammates made a huge statement with their win over Wigan on Monday but the former Australian international insists it is the next month that will define their season.

Table toppers Wigan came to the Halliwell Jones stadium on Monday on the back of a 13-game winning run that had seen them open up a five-point lead at the top of the Super League table.

But they ran into an inspired Wolves side and in the most entertaining game of the season so far it was the Wire who emerged 22-12 winners after two late tries.

It does not get any easier for Waterhouse and company however as in the next month they face a trip to Bradford, welcome defending champions Leeds and have a Challenge Cup quarter-final against Huddersfield to contend with.

But having closed the gap at the top of the league table with their win against Wigan, Waterhouse insists he and his teammates still have another gear to go to when the going gets tough.

"The next month is massive for us so to have kicked off such an important set of games with the win over Wigan is fantastic," he said.

"But we are not going to get carried away with that result, it was a fantastic game and the fans were great. There was a real intensity in training so to come out and get the result was important.

"I still feel that there is another level for us to go to as a team, there are a few areas we can still improve on but that's a good sign.

"Two big games in Super League and then the Challenge Cup game with Huddersfield Giants where we want to defend our title, this is a crucial month for us.

"But these are the sort of games I came over here for, this is a great club and we want to be playing in the big games come the end of the season."

First up for the Wolves is a trip to Odsal to take on Bradford and Bulls full-back Brett Kearney has called on his teammates to up their game or risk missing out on the play-offs.

"We expect to be in the top eight and we are not at the moment," said the former Cronulla Shark.

"Every team has a flat spot in a season and we are having ours in the middle but we want to finish the season strongly like we started it to get that top-eight spot that we feel we deserve."

And St Helens head coach Nathan Brown insists he is planning for the future after announcing the signing of Penrith Panthers prop Mose Masoe.

Masoe will join up with Saints next season alongside teammate Luke Walsh who is also leaving the Panthers and Brown cannot wait for their addition to the squad.

"Mose is a big forward who will add a lot of size to our pack next year," said the former St George Illawarra Dragons head coach.

"He is young, still developing and will complement the squad we are putting together for 2014."

Super League fixtures

Friday

Huddersfield v Catalan Dragons

St Helens v Hull KR

Wigan v Castleford

Saturday

London Broncos v Salford

Sunday

Bradford v Warrington

Widnes v Leeds

Monday

Hull FC v Wakefield

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