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Mike Cooper expects Friday’s derby between Warrington and Wigan to live up to the “Bad Blood” pre-match promotion.

The Wolves compiled a montage of clips from past clashes that includes a host of bust-ups, including in the tunnel at last year’s Grand Final.

Experienced prop Cooper has been involved in several of those meetings and anticipates more fireworks this week.

Cooper said: “Everyone can see from the videos that it’s been pretty brutal, and it won’t be any different on Friday night – I wouldn’t expect anything less.

Cooper helps bring down Wigan prop Tony Clubb last season (Image: PA)

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“There’s always respect there and I’ve got a lot of respect for anyone that plays rugby league.

“But it will all go out of the window for 80 minutes because that’s how rugby league is.

“We’ll go hard at each other but shake hands after it, and that’s what makes our sport so great.”

The fire was stoked further at a public press conference yesterday when Cooper was asked about the number of disciplinary cases brought against Wigan prop Tony Clubb – sat alongside him on stage – for late challenges on playmakers.

Cooper responded: “It’s a forward’s job to put pressure on half-backs, and that’s no difference with us as well.

“Their halfbacks will be put under pressure – me and Chris Hill will do the same thing.”

Wigan go into the clash on the back of four straight defeats, starting with their World Club Challenge loss to Sydney Roosters.

That has turned the spotlight on coach Adrian Lam, who admitted after Friday’s home setback against Huddersfield that the squad could still be suffering a hangover from last year’s Grand Final win over the Wolves.

Dom Manfredi celebrates the crucial try in last year’s Old Trafford Grand Final (Image: PA)

Opposite number Steve Price also has clear memories of that gruelling 12-4 Wigan win at Old Trafford, which he says will drive him on this season.

Price said: “From a personal point of view it still doesn’t sit well with me.

“I’ve still got a burning desire to go that extra step this year.

“It doesn’t seem that long ago that we walked off Old Trafford as losers.

“But we’ve got a totally different team this year, it’s an exciting team and a group of men I’m really proud to coach.

“It will be a totally different game this week – they haven’t been going that great, but one thing I know about Wigan is that they’ll be ready to play.”