Shaun Wane on Wigan’s 16-16 draw with Huddersfield
Warriors play out pulsating draw with the Warriors
- Wane happy to get one point after setbacks against Huddersfield
Shaun Wane said he was happy to get the draw after the Warriors lost two Sean O’Loughlin and Jack Wells through injury after just eight minutes.
On the game.
“Credit to them, they came with a great game-plan and the game was played at the pace they wanted and we weren’t good. It was a flat game and we didn’t do much to get ourselves out of it, coupled with the loss of personnel we had (Sean O’Loughlin and Jack Wells both injured in the 8th minute) I’m happy with the draw.”
On losing O’Loughlin and Wells.
“Jack Wells was covering at second-row because we’re without John Bateman and Liam Farrell. It hurt us (losing them), we had to reshuffle quite a bit and there was a lack of intensity and poor game-sense, we were a bit ‘off’. We’ve been good this year though so I won’t ride the players too hard.
“We definitely weren’t complacent. It’s been a tough one for everybody. We didn’t help ourselves, we could have been a bit smarter. By loosing Wellsy (Jack Wells) and Lockers (Sean O’Loughlin) in the grand scheme of things there isn’t much difference to the way we play but we fell into a trap and felt a bit sorry for ourselves which is disappointing. It could have been worse though.”
On his half-time teamtalk.
“I got stuck into them at half-time and I think we did some better things in the second half, we were better in contact and our of the ball work was good. We had some good field position but we just let them off too many times with penalties. Things like that sap you of energy.”
On the good Wigan defence that stopped Danny Brough from adding a drop-goal at the death to win it for Huddersfield
“I was impressed with how smart we were, we put him under decent pressure. I was happy with that, we showed some desire to get the draw at the end of the game.”
Wane confirmed that O’Loughlin pulled his calf and Wells picked up an ankle injury. Liam Farrell missed the game owing to a calf strain.