Wane on ‘pleasing’ performance

Wigan head coach Shaun Wane described Friday night’s victory over Leeds Rhinos as  ‘pleasing.’

John Bateman, Oliver Gildart, Dom Manfredi, Tony Clubb and Anthony Gelling all touched down as the Warriors ran out 28-6 winners and maintained their 100% start to the Super League season.

Despite the comfortable result, the Cherry and Whites led only by a 6-0 scoreline at the interval, but Wane hailed his players second half display.

“I kept saying when we were 6-0 up that this is not enough, this will not be enough against this team. We needed to get something and we did,” Wane told the Warriors’ official website.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Leeds, Brian’s a good coach, they’re a good team with good players and that makes it really enjoyable.”

“I’m happy with that second half performance, the players answered the questions that they asked of themselves. They knew what we needed to fix and they went out and delivered it in the second half,” he added.

Wigan made it five wins from five in Super League despite losing half-back George Williams to injury prior to kick off.

“There was a lot of disruption with George going out and Lockers going into the halves,” said Wane. “We’ve never ran that way (in training) so to score those tries against a very good team, you look at the 13 that started it shows you the strength of their club, it’s still a good side.

“I thought all of our back five were good, our middles were really good, it was a pleasing performance. There’s a few parts to that first half that we need to fix but we’ll put an 80 minute performance together soon.”

Wigan sit third on the league ladder, level on points with the two sides above them, Warrington and Widnes with the Vikings set to visit the DW Stadium this Thursday.


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