Coach Wane glad as Wi­gan end win­less league run

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LON­DON: Wi­gan coach Shaun Wane said he was happy but frus­trated af­ter watch­ing his War­riors side claim their first Su­per League vic­tory since April. For­mer South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs winger Joe Burgess scored two late tries to seal a 28-12 win over Widnes on Sun­day. The War­riors went into a 16-0 lead be­fore al­low­ing Denis Betts’s men to cut that ad­van­tage to just four points, un­til Burgess’s dou­ble in the dy­ing min­utes.

“I’m happy with the win, a bit frus­trated,” said Wane. “There were too many er­rors, too many un­forced er­rors. They got two tries from poor de­fen­sive er­rors but, apart from that, we de­fended re­ally well.

“I think if we keep hold of the ball, we get rid of those un­forced er­rors

10 penal­ties, eight un­forced er­rors-we could have won by a big­ger mar­gin and that’s what we need to do. “We need to be a bit more ruth­less and we weren’t that to­daythough I’m happy we won.” The win for the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons ended their eight­match win­less run in the Su­per League. But de­spite Widnes threat­en­ing to come back into the game, Wane said he was al­ways con­fi­dent of the vic­tory.


“I wasn’t ner­vous,” he said. “I was con­fi­dent we’d get the game and we’ve made some mas­sive im­prove­ments.”

In Sun­day’s other game, Sal­ford ended a run of three de­feats in a row to climb up to sec­ond in the ta­ble. Sal­ford se­cured a 36-20 vic­tory over Hud­der­s­field and kept the pres­sure on top-of-the-ta­ble Castle­ford.

Rob Lui scored one try and helped set up an­other five for the hosts. Sal­ford coach Ian Wat­son said he was pleased to see his side get their sea­son back on track.

“Af­ter three losses, we did not want to say we have had a good sea­son up to that and that was it,” he said. “There have been a few neg­a­tive com­ments from peo­ple say­ing we have run the race. But this group is not about that. “We want to be re­ally suc­cess­ful. A true team bounces back from de­feat and we worked re­ally hard to get that re­sult.”

De­feat for Hud­der­s­field-their first in five games-drops them down to eighth and leaves them flirt­ing with dan­ger. They are just two points ahead of Cata­lans Dragons, and the Mid­dle 8s mix, with three games of the reg­u­lar sea­son left.

“We are go­ing to need to win at least two out of the next three games, that’s for sure,” said Hud­der­s­field coach Rick Stone. Else­where, new Dragons coach Steve McNa­mara was de­lighted to win his first game in charge of the French side. Ju­lian Bousquet’s last-minute try for the Dragons was enough to snatch vic­tory from Leigh on Satur­day.

The 40-36 win lifts them to ninth in the ta­ble and the for­mer Eng­land coach paid trib­ute to his play­ers. “It’s a proud mo­ment for me to be here af­ter a win,” said McNa­mara. “The at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour of the play­ers on the field tonight was one that pleased me.

“They gave ev­ery­thing tonight, never gave up and were re­warded at the end of the game with pick­ing up the two points,” he added. “It’s a re­sult that has the abil­ity to give us con­fi­dence in the com­ing weeks.” —AFP

Shaun Wane

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