WIGAN boss Brian Noble will be gunning for revenge when his side take on Hull KR.

Last time the two teams met, the Warriors lost 26-16 and were booed off after a terrible first-half display at the JJB Stadium - a third defeat in four games during a poor start to the new campaign.

The Cherry and Whites have since hit form to win eight out of their last 11 games, surging up to fourth in the table and through to the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup.

Noble admitted his players had been guilty of underestimating Super League's newcomers back in March - and vowed there would be no repeat in tonight's home clash.

"They embarrassed us here last time and I think our boys recognised that night that they are not a bad team," said the Warriors coach.

"It was one half of football that caught us cold - we were 26-0 down at half-time.

"If we had taken all our opportunities in the second half we may well have come out on top but it was a stark lesson in the reality of Super League this year.

"It's a big game for both clubs."

After three successive away games, Warriors will be glad to be back on familiar territory when they take on Justin Morgan's struggling team.

But Noble is not taking anything for granted against the league's second-from-bottom club, especially after the shock recruitment of Paul Cooke last month.

The former stand-off, a lifelong Rovers fan, sensationally switched clubs from arch rivals Hull FC and Noble has picked the 26-year-old out for special attention.

"We'll have to be ready for him," he said. "Paul is a good player and he has shown that over the years that he can break a game open.

"He's got a superb kicking and passing game and he's their organiser, but it's important we don't lose sight there are other good players in their side who will be fired up.

"They have added Ryan Tandy and we expect him to show up somewhere. We recognise that they are a good side."

Wigan will be without Aussie powerhouse Bryan Fletcher, who misses out with a slight calf strain, while Liam Colbon is the other player to drop out of the 20-man squad.

There has also been a change to the match referee with Steve Ganson, who is suffering from glandular fever, replaced by Ronnie Laughton.

Squad: Ashton, Calderwood, Bailey, Richards, Barrett, Leuluai, Fielden, Higham, Paleaaesina, Hock, O'Loughlin, Vaealiki, Millard, Prescott, Hansen, Goulding, Tomkins, O'Carroll.