WOLVES have prepared for “the best Wigan Warriors” as they get set to face their neighbours in the Challenge Cup quarter finals.

The Wire are aiming to reach the last four of the competition for the sixth year running at the expense of their fierce rivals.

However, Shaun Wane’s side are in poor form themselves but are expected to have several key players back for the trip to The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Captain Sean O’Loughlin, full-back Sam Tomkins, second rower John Bateman and centre Anthony Gelling are all set to be involved for the Warriors.

All four players were named in Wane's squad, along with returns for Sam Powell and Liam Farrell.

Smith says his side have done all the homework they can on the opposition but it is now up to the players to “show the right attitude” on Saturday.

“We’re prepared for all of their players being back. We’re ready for the best Wigan Warriors there is,” he said.

“We’ve done our homework on them and have prepared as best we can.

“Our defence hasn’t been as strong as it needs to be, we’re aware of that and Wigan will throw a fair bit at us.

“They have some very capable attacking players like George Williams and Sean O’Loughlin so we need to get our defence in order to give ourselves a chance.

“We’ve got to make sure our attitude is right and that we ask some questions of them.”

The game comes just four weeks after the last meeting between the sides, when Joe Burgess’ last-gasp try snatched a 24-24 draw for Wigan at Magic Weekend on May 20.

The Wire came back from 18-6 down to lead 24-20 that day and Smith has called on his team to see the job through this time around.

“We let them get away to a significant lead but were able to get ourselves into a winning position before they took it off us,” he said.

“We can’t allow that to happen again.”