Shaun Wane says Wigan Warriors are in a good place with options in the backs
Head Coach happy with form of Wigan youngsters with Joe Burgess set for spell at centre
- Wigan face Catalans at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon
Shaun Wane says the Wigan team are in ‘good shape’ as they come off the back of the Easter weekend having picked up four points to secure their place in the top four of the Betfred Super League.
The Warriors have gone into battle without a number of players owing to injury early on this season but the form of youngsters Liam Forsyth, Tom Davies and Liam Marshall along with Morgan Escaré’s fine start to life at Wigan has certainly given Wane a welcome selection headache.
On Marshall in particular, Wane said: “He’s scored quite a few tries now so I’m very happy with him.
“His attitude is fantastic, the way he’s acquitted himself in training – he’s listened and learned. He’s a natural try-scorer, we’ve not helped him with that that’s just him. He’s a great kid so I’m really pleased and we’ve got people like Lewis (Tierney) coming back too so we’re in good shape.”
With options on the wing Wane says Joe Burgess could be set to stay at Centre.
“I think Joe looked really good (against St Helens),” he said.
“He’ll be playing there again this weekend, especially now Gells is banned so I’m looking forward to seeing him again.”
On Escaré, who signed a new contract with the Warriors after the Good Friday win, Wane said: “We signed him because we knew he was a good player and we thought that he’d fit in here. He has a lot of speed and although he’s not totally grasped how we play just yet he’s coming up with some great individual plays- like at Wakefield when he just turned up on the end of that pass from George and nailed his skill.
“I’m happy with him. He’s doing some good stuff but there’s lots of improvement left in him.”
Wane confirmed that Tony Clubb would be missing for some time with a medical condition with Jake Shorrocks gone for the season with a knee injury. Joel Tomkins is also undergoing assessment for a foot injury.
Wane says the Warriors know that they need to perform well on Sunday against a talented Catalans side:
“They’re a good team. I watched their games against Huddersfield and Salford and they can play, we’ve had some good battles with them over the last few years. Their halves are playing well, Richie Myler and Luke Walsh are killing it and Sam Moa is going well in the middle. They’ve got some talent and a good roster so we need to make sure our start is really good.”
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