Subtle changes pay dividends for Wane
Warriors averaging ten points more per game in Super 8s
- Wigan to host Hull at the DW Stadium on Friday in play-off semi final
Shaun Wane says making subtle changes to Wigan’s attack has led to the team’s recent success with the ball.
The Warriors have been left frustrated in attack at times during 2016 averaging 20 points per game in the regular season. Wigan looked to have turned a corner in the Super 8s averaging 30 points in each of their seven games.
Speaking at the Super League semi finals launch, Wane said: “We’re doing ok with our attack, our defence towards the end of the Catalans game was a bit off but in the early periods of the game but I thought it was the best half of attack we’ve put together all year.
“I wanted the perfect performance but you’re not always going to get that. When you’re 30-0 up in a game that you know you’re going to win it’s very hard to stay focussed. We didn’t like it though(conceding 24 points), we’ve had a look back at it and know that we can do better and we’re going to have to be a lot better this week against a good Hull team.”
On the changes that have helped his side finish second in the league giving them home advantage in this week’s semi final, Wane said: “We’ve just broken things down and made things really simple.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with George (Williams) and Matty (Smith) and we’ve just slightly changed the way that we play and they’ve been very receptive to it and it seems to have improved us as a team. They’re not massive changes but they seem to have worked.”
One player Wigan will be without this week is Dream Team debutant Dom Manfredi who earned his call up after a great season.
“I’m happy because Dom works really hard,” Wane said.
“From where he’s come from to get to here is a real testament to his work rate and desire. He was a dead-set for the Dream Team, I think his form was outstanding up until he picked up his injury.”
And turning attention to this week’s huge semi final, Wane added:
“The 17 players we put out will be really committed and the effort will be there and if we can put some good skill into our attack like we have in recent weeks then we’ll trouble Hull.
“We’ll need to defend tough though, their individuals are very strong. They’ve got some great footballers, some tough individuals to handle. We need to concentrate, it’s a massive game with two good teams going at it.”
Wigan Warriors host Hull FC at the DW Stadium in Friday’s huge semi final showdown. Tickets are available from £22 for adults and £15 for concessions with discounts available for Season Ticket Holders.
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