Wane demands improvement from Wigan

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane put a dampener on his team’s victory celebrations after their 24-16 triumph over Huddersfield and called for a major improvement ahead of their clash with Brisbane Broncos in the World Club Series.

Wane, whose side were held to a 22-22 draw in their opening Super League game at Widnes, was forced to re-shuffle his side just before kick-off when stand-off George Williams pulled an abductor muscle in the final seconds of the warm-up and he must have feared the worst when they trailed 16-10 at half-time.

Already without England scrum-half Matty Smith through suspension, Wane drafted in 20-year-old Ryan Hampshire for a rare start and the Warriors lacked cohesion for long periods.

However, they scored three unanswered tries in the second half, with 19-year-old prop Ryan Sutton clinching their first win of the season seven minutes from the end with his first try for the club.

“I’ve very mixed emotions,” Wane said. “I’ve just killed the (victory) song in there.

“I’m happy with the two points but disappointed with the performance.

“We have certain standards so the disruption didn’t concern me. I expect players to come in and do certain things but they didn’t do them.

“We still expected a better performance than what we got and we’re going to have improve a lot next week.

“We played well in patches but we’ve just not found that consistency yet. W e created some chances but we need to be better. I’m sick of saying that.”

Hooker Michael McIlorum and second rower John Bateman scored tries for Wigan and Joel Tomkins demonstrated his class as a makeshift centre by taking his tally of tries to three in the first two games.

“He’s a hard man to handle, he’s an athlete,” Wane said.

Wane says he expects to discover the extent of Williams injury over the weekend and will also anxiously await the outcome of scans on the knee injury sustained by skipper Sean O’Loughlin as he eyes the clash with the Broncos on Saturday week.

Huddersfield were unrecognisable from the team that lost 19-0 at home to Hull in their opening fixture and coach Paul Anderson was delighted with the improvement.

They were on course for a fourth successive regular-season victory at the DW Stadium when tries from Anthony Mullally, Aaron Murphy and Jamie Ellis gave them a six-point cushion but they were left to rue several other scoring chances that went begging.

“I thought our commitment to each other was way in excess of where it was last week,” Anderson said.

“We turned up to play, we just lost our composure a couple of times when things went against us.

“At times we had more fluency when we tried to play but we let ourselves down with a bit of execution.

“You have to take your opportunities when they arise in games like these. That’s what we have to be better at.

“They also bombed a few tries but when ours came they could have put us out of sight.”

Published: Saturday 14th February 2015 by The News Editor

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