Tautai Praises Wane

Tautai Praises Wane

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Taulima Tautai praised Head Coach Shaun Wane following Wigan’s impressive 26-16 win over local rivals St Helens.

After narrowly losing the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final last weekend, Tautai admitted that the players were feeling low. However, the Australian forward said Shaun Wane made sure the team didn’t dwell on their loss to make sure they could bounce back in style with a Derby win over St Helens.

Speaking after the 26-16 win at St Helens, Tautai said: “It has been a tough week after last weekend because it was very disappointing for us.

“Waney (Shaun Wane) just said that we had to dig deep, everyone was hurting but he said that the team has got to move forward so we spent the Sunday feeling down about it but we came straight back into training on Monday and did the review and I think that has really helped us against Saints.

“He was the one person who tried to move forward when some of the boys, myself included, were quite down about the Final. He told us that there was another job to do this week and we worked hard in training and came away with the two points.”

Wigan travel to the KCOM Stadium next Friday knowing that a win would take them above Hull and into the top four.

On the clash, Tautai said: “We’ll be coming up against the Challenge Cup winners next week so we are expecting a very big game because they will want to get into the semi-finals so we will be doing a lot of homework on them.

“Coming into the Super 8s in seventh place was quite a tough run for us but we have done pretty good so far. If we can beat them then we could go into the top four but we have to take it week by week.”

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