Wane on Wire Win

Wane on Wire Win

Speaking to the press after the victory at Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup quarter-final, Shaun Wane said he was glad to get back to winning ways.

On the game:

“I thought we deserved to win the game by a few more points than one but credit to Warrington, they had a few out and are low on confidence but they really pushed us but we just wanted to win the game.

“I know Warrington scored a couple of tries but two were from kicks so our goal-line defence really showed signs of improvement.

“I was frustrated really because at half-time it was pretty close but I thought we were well in front. Our set completion was about 54% at one point which I thought kept Warrington in the game but I thought we did enough to deserve the win.”

On Sam Tomkins, John Bateman and Anthony Gelling returning after long injury lay-offs:

“Sam hasn’t been able to run that much in training with his foot and John hasn’t been able to do much contact work because of his shoulder and Anthony Gelling looked good after coming back from a serious knee injury so they did a lot of things well.

“I thought Sam did some other good things throughout. He managed the game really well and he had a good game.

“I don’t think Sam’s kicked many drop-goals ever but his competitiveness is what we love about him because just wants to win every game and he has been like that since he was eight.”

On his team selection:

“The last time I was able to pick a strong team like that was against Cronulla [Sharks] and we know what happened there so it just proves that if we can put out a healthy strong squad consistently then we can be a strong team.

“The team are not going to be fully fit for a couple of weeks but just having more back in the team is fantastic.”

On the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup:

“We’ve won other things since then [2013] but the Challenge Cup is different. Wembley is special to us and the connection that Wigan have with Wembley is special because we’ve won it more times than anyone else.

“It was the best four days of my life when we went down last time and beat Hull [FC] so it’s something that I want again but it is going to be a tough semi-final because all four teams will be very strong so it will be a big game whoever we get but I want us to get back focused on the league now and on Huddersfield next week.”

Wane said Taulima Tautai pulled his calf and will go for a scan this week.

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