Wane ‘not stressed’ after Wakefield loss

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane says he isn’t too concerned after his side suffered a heavy 62-0 loss at Wakefield on Sunday.

A depleted Warriors side were forced to travel to West Yorkshire missing 10 first players due to a combination of illness and injury and suffered their heaviest Super League defeat since 2005 and the first time they had not registered a point in a game for 11 years.

“I’m really disappointed with the scoreline,” Wane said via the Warriors’ official website.

“I am a realist though, I know what’s gone on. With everything combined (players injured and ill), I’m not stressed with the result. It really isn’t the same as Catalans or Castleford last year when we had teams good enough to win those games.

“We made it hard work for ourselves. When you’re in the situation we are with injuries and illness you can’t turn the ball over early and we did that today and they were very good in attack, they’ve got some good players and were very clinical.”

Wane also praised the travelling supporters that stayed until the end of the game:

“I’m really glad and thankful that the Wigan fans stayed behind to clap the players, I think they understand the situation we’re in.

“We’ve ten starting players not playing. If you do that to any Super League club and then they’re under a lot of pressure. We’ve had a major illness go through the Club this week and it has killed us. I had players out there who really shouldn’t have played but I just didn’t have anyone else to call upon.”

Last year’s Grand Finalists slipped to 4th in the table and face 7th placed Castleford Tigers at the DW Stadium on Friday.

 

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