WAR­RIOR CLASS Wi­gan leg­end Wane given the Gran­d­est of send-offs

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY GARETH WALKER at Old Traf­ford

DOM MANFREDI’S dou­ble gave Shaun Wane the fairy­tale fin­ish he craved, as Wi­gan lifted the third Su­per League ti­tle of their de­part­ing coach’s ten­ure.

Wane’s 30-year as­so­ci­a­tion with his home­town club now ends as he pre­pares to join Scot­land RU in a con­sul­tancy role – and he leaves hav­ing again lifted rugby league’s big­gest prize.

An emo­tional Wane (right) said: “I’m not both­ered about the per­for­mance I just wanted the win.

“It was the per­fect way to fin­ish and I’ve got so much re­spect for the play­ers. I’m a Wi­gan lad, born and bred so it’s an out­stand­ing feel­ing.”

Wi­gan winger Manfredi added: “I’m lost for words, I can’t be­lieve it. Full credit to the boys, all I had to do was put the ball down. The de­fence was out­stand­ing, if you don’t have it, you have no chance.”

War­ring­ton coach Steve Price said: “Credit to Wi­gan, their de­fence was out­stand­ing. We could have ex­e­cuted bet­ter but I’m su­per proud of the ef­fort.”

In many ways Manfredi’s per­for­mance typ­i­fied Wane’s whole ap­proach – brave and pas­sion­ate above and be­yond the call of duty.

The winger – who was only play­ing his fifth game back in the side hav­ing missed two years through hor­ror in­juries – sus­tained an hor­rific cut to his eye­lid in mak­ing a try sav­ing tackle on Tom Line­ham.

But af­ter be­ing stitched and ban­daged up he re­turned to the field and then scored the de­ci­sive try in the clos­ing stages. Wane’s side – which also sees ex­its to play­ers Sam Tomkins, John Bate­man and Ryan Sut­ton – cer­tainly played for each other and the club, some­thing he has strived for through­out his time in charge. A Josh Charn­ley try aside – and de­spite the ef­forts of Harry Sun­der­land Tro­phy win­ner Ste­fan Ratch­ford — the Wolves failed to make the most of ar­guably the bet­ter at­tack­ing plat­forms dur­ing the game. Their 63-year wait for a topflight ti­tle goes on. The game still devel­oped into a low-scor­ing arm-wres­tle, with de­fences that con­ceded only a sin­gle try be­tween them in 160 min­utes of semi-fi­nal ac­tion again

DOU­BLE UP: Do­minic Manfredi (ban­daged) cel­e­brates his sec­ond try

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