Wane seething after heavy loss

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Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Shaun Wane described Friday as by far “the worst day of my coaching career” after Wigan suffered their heaviest defeat against Castleford in the Super League era.

The Tigers went into the match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle as one of two sides yet to register a competition point but picked up their first win at the fourth attempt to leave Wane fuming.

Justin Carney, a try-scorer in each of the first three rounds, crossed twice in the opening 15 minutes either side of James Clare’s spectacular finish and Wigan never recovered as they went down 42-14.

“It was just not good enough, at all,” said Wane.

“They wanted it more than us. I’ve never coached a team that have been beaten in every department like that.

“We were beaten by the better team – they wanted it more, ran harder and beat us in every department, which is very upsetting for me, devastating for me.

“It’ll be a tough week; I wish we were playing Hull FC tomorrow. It’s the worst day of my coaching career, by far.”

Despite a painful defeat which leaves Wigan with only three competition points after four rounds, Wane insisted he was not worried by his team’s start to Super League.

“Not one bit,” he said. “I know what they can do but it’s alright me saying that, they’re going to have to do it.

“I want it doing quick. Real men will stand up this week and bounce back against Hull.”

Asked if his squad picked up any injuries, he added: “I wouldn’t have thought so. You need to get in a physical game to get injured. Nobody will be injured on Monday, I tell you that now.”

While Wane was left seething by his side’s showing in West Yorkshire, opposite number Daryl Powell was a relieved man after the Tigers finally got on the board.

Inspired by Carney, Luke Gale and Luke Dorn, Castleford put defeats to Wakefield, Catalans and St Helens behind them and showed they are capable of competing for honours again in 2015.

Powell said: “The last month of my life has not been the best, to be honest. I haven’t been the happiest bloke in the world.

“So to do what we did today was fantastic. We could easily have gone negative and cautious on the back of what’s happened to us recently. That the players were able to express themselves in the way they did tonight was outstanding.”

Published: Saturday 7th March 2015 by The News Editor

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