Wigan have made it their mission to use a historic 16-day mid-season trip to Australia to cultivate their Super League season, rather than destroy it.
Wigan and Hull FC have both been tasked with difficult paths ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup final rematch in Wollongong - the first Super League match to be played outside of Europe.
While Hull FC featured in the season-opener on Thursday night, Wigan played on Friday night and flew less than 16 hours after their 40-12 win against Salford.
They then landed in Sydney at 11pm on Sunday night, arrived at their hotel in Wollongong at 1am on Monday and were in the ocean for recovery by 10am before training all week.
"What I love about that is it's a test for all the staff, it's a test for all the players," Wigan coach Shaun Wane told AAP.
"If you want to find an excuse you'll find it, but the players are going to be well looked after this week and they'll be fit and ready to go Saturday when the game comes around."
Both teams will play a trial at ANZ Stadium on February 17 - with Hull to play St George Illawarra and Wigan to face South Sydney but it's Saturday's match - for two competition points and in temperatures 20C warmer than England's current winter, that will be the main event.
Six of their past 10 clashes have been decided by a converted try or less and both sides expect a physical first-half battle before the game opens up as a result of the heat.
"We're taking this really seriously," Wane said.
"We knocked one of our pre-season games off because this is a really important trip for us.
"I don't want to come out all this way and not get two points. This game is going to be a brutal - it's always a real physical battle against Hull."
Wigan are the instigators of the trip, with the concept coming out of the 2014 World Club Challenge and made available by the lack of an Auckland Nines tournament this year.
It will be the hurdles at the other end of the trip that present the biggest challenge for Wane and his team.
The Warriors will land in England the Monday after the Souths trial, just four days before a round-three clash with a rested Warrington.
"I expect to win that game, there's no excuses from us," Wane said.
"I expect us to win these two games and the one against Warrington as well."