RYAN Atkins will be hoping for a memorable clash with Wigan Warriors when Warrington Wolves play their second home game of the season on Saturday night.

Most players cherish their debut appearance for a new club but Wolves centre Atkins is struggling to remember his side’s 58-0 thrashing of Harlequins in the season opener at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The 24-year-old received a heavy blow to the head within the first minute of the game and was taken off the field at half time suffering concussion.

He said: “I don’t remember waking up or going to hospital that Sunday and that is no exaggeration!

“I was a bit stressed out with myself for managing to get concussion on my debut and not remembering the game but I tried to make up for it against Castleford.”

The ex-Wakefield star was pleased with the result at The Jungle on Saturday as Wolves overcame a 10-point deficit to win the hard-fought match.

“When we stopped giving cheap penalties and turnovers away we knew we could get a chance and that we’d get a roll on eventually,” Atkins said.

“We gave away four penalties in the first seven minutes, obviously not something you want to do as a team and that will be something that Tony Smith will speak to us about.

“I mean no disrespect to Castleford but we let them in with our silly mistakes which is always going to make it harder.”

Castleford were much tougher opposition for Wolves, who clearly struggled to find their attacking pace in the first half.

Atkins feels that Castleford gave them less time on the ball and as a result Wolves struggled to repeat the mesmerising attacking rugby demonstrated against Harlequins.

“Castleford defended very well,” he said.

“It was hard to get some time on the ball, which is what got us a lot of tries last week.

“They’d obviously worked very hard on that and we had to find a different way to combat that sort of defence. Once we did that it was the turning point in the game.”