Wane left frustrated despite win

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane was pleased with the result but disappointed with his side’s performance as they overcame Super League bottom club Wakefield 40-22 at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

Winger Joe Burgess scored his first Super League hat-trick as the Warriors made it five wins from their last six matches to climb above St Helens into second place in the table, at least for 24 hours.

But they could never pull away from a Wildcats team that conceded 80 points without reply in their previous league game and Wane was not pleased to see his side concede two tries in each half.

“It was just a win,” Wane said. “Defensively we were poor overall. We were decent with the ball but I’m a little bit frustrated we weren’t patient in the final third of the field.

“It’s not an easy place to come – St Helens only won by four – I’ve been coming here since 2010 and I’ve never given a positive talk in the dressing room afterwards.

“But I still expect a better performance than that. Mentally we just weren’t there today. The positive is that we found a way to win.”

Tries from Craig Hall, Chris Riley, Pita Godinet and skipper Danny Kirmond kept Wakefield in the hunt but a ninth consecutive defeat leaves them four points adrift at the foot of the table.

“We definitely didn’t get beaten on effort,” coach James Webster said. “We tried to get a foothold in the game but came up with crucial errors at crucial times.

“Even though we scored some points, we didn’t build pressure, we never sat on their try-line.

“But it’s a good learning curve for us. I came here looking for improvement and I got that. If we get the same improvement next week, we might get Saints.”

Still without six senior players through injury, Wakefield gave a debut to Widnes loanee prop Ben Kavanagh, a first start to young loose forward Jordan Crowther and a first Super League outing for former Leeds prop Ian Kirke.

But their problems worsened when Crowther was forced off in the opening moments, Kirke sustained a broken thumb and loose forward Danny Washbrook damaged a rib to leave Webster cursing his luck.

“It’s not a nice break apparently,” Webster said of Kirke’s injury. “He’s going to be a while, although it depends if he needs an operation.

“Washy might struggle for next week. We played an 18-year kid in the middle and he got busted in the first five minutes.”

Published: Thursday 23rd April 2015 by The News Editor

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