Shaun Wane sees room for improvement in Wigan

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane was delighted with his team’s defensive efforts but believes they will need to improve their attacking play if they are to win next Saturday’s Grand Final.

The Warriors made light work of Huddersfield with a clinical 32-8 win in the first Super League semi-final but Wane is expecting more from his side when they take on Leeds or St Helens at Old Trafford.

Makeshift centre John Bateman scored two of his side’s five tries in a man-on-the-match display as Wigan went through an entire Super League campaign with a 100 per cent record at the DW Stadium.

“We defended really well, apart from the try they scored,” Wane said.

“We didn’t attack that good, I think we need to be smarter next Saturday but we had a good mentality.

“I’m a firm believer that the team that wants it most will generally get it and we showed a lot of desire.

“Huddersfield have a lot of talent and they’ve the best defence in the comp but we hung in there and showed a lot of desire to defend our line.

“John Bateman was unbelievably good but there were lots of good performances, real good defensive performances, but we’ve still a fair bit to improve on. We’ll be better next week. We’ve got a nine day turn-around and we’ll use it wisely.”

Winger Dom Manfredi justified his selection ahead of England international Josh Charnley by helping create one of Bateman’s tries and produced a devastating finish to cross for his 21st touchdown of the season on his 22nd birthday.

“I don’t mean to embarrass anybody but it’s quite simple, if you do things well in my system, you stay in,” Wane said.

Forwards Ben Flower and Tony Club were the other tryscorers and Matty Bowen kicked six goals from seven attempts as the Warriors reached a third consecutive Grand Final

Huddersfield’s defeat was their 12th in 15 play-off ties going back to 2007 and coach Paul Anderson accepts the criticism that his players once more froze on the big occasion.

“You can’t deny that, can you?” Anderson said. “The results are the proof in the pudding. We’ve been embarrassed again.

“We never got going if I’m honest and the scoreline is probably a fair reflection of the game.

“I felt their attitude to the tough stuff was probably better than ours.

“I expected Wigan to be physical and we didn’t quite go with them. They rolled their sleeves up and did some tough stuff.

“What’s gone before doesn’t matter. It’s not how you start it’s how you finish. We built things nicely through the year but we haven’t got the finish we wanted and it’s very deflating.”

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by The News Editor

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